Hoffa in 1964
James Jimmy Hoffa
February 14, 1913
Brazil, Indiana, United States
|Disappeared||July 30, 1975 (aged 62)|
Bloomfield Township, Oakland County, Michigan, United States
|Status||Declared dead in absentia|
July 30, 1982
|Occupation||Labor union leader, author|
|Spouse(s)||Josephine Hoffa, nee Poszywak (1936–1980)|
|Children||James P. Hoffa|
Barbara Ann Crancer
James Riddle "Jimmy" Hoffa (February 14, 1913 – disappeared July 30, 1975) was an American labor union leader. He was the President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) union from 1958 until 1971. He disappeared in late July 1975, aged 62.
Hoffa became involved with organized crime. Hoffa was taken to jail in 1967, and sentenced to 13 years. President of the United States Richard Nixon pardoned Hoffa in 1971, but didn't let him join any labor events until 1980.
Jimmy Hoffa was born in Brazil, Indiana, on February 14, 1913. He was married to Josephine Poszywak from 1936 until his disappearance in 1975. They had two children.
Hoffa vanished in late July 1975. He was declared legally dead in 1982. His disappearance gave rise to many theories as to what happened to him.
In January 2013, reputed gangster Tony Zerilli offered that Hoffa was originally buried in a shallow grave, with the plan that Hoffa's remains would later be moved to a second location. Zerilli contends, however, that these plans were abandoned, and Hoffa's remains lay in a field in northern Oakland County, not far from the restaurant at which he was last seen. Zerilli, however, denied any responsibility or association with Hoffa's disappearance. 
On June 17, 2013, the Zerilli information led to a property in Oakland Township in northern Oakland county owned by Detroit mob boss Jack Tocco. After three days the FBI called off the dig. No human remains were found and the case remains open.
In popular culture[change | change source]
- Hoffa was portrayed by Robert Blake in the 1983 television movie Blood Feud, Trey Wilson in the 1985 television miniseries Robert Kennedy & His Times, and by Jack Nicholson in the 1992 movie Hoffa. In the 1978 movie F.I.S.T., Sylvester Stallone portrays Johnny Kovak, a character based on Hoffa.
References[change | change source]
- "Jimmy Hoffa: FBI won't confirm dig is search for body". ABC News. 2009-09-15. Retrieved 2012-07-29.
- Santia, Mark (2013-01-13). "Reputed Mobster Says He Knows Where Hoffa Is Buried". NBC.
- Land claimed to be Jimmy Hoffa burial site owned by Jack Tocco in 1970s | Detroit Free Press | freep.com
- "Latest search for Jimmy Hoffa called off with no remains found". NBC News. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
Other websites[change | change source]
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