Friday, February 17, 2017


by Jeff Canarsie

Jimmy Hoffa
This has been an ongoing debate since July 30th 1975.  Just what happened to Jimmy Hoffa and who was responsible?  The FBI for years had various "ideas," about the players involved and have over the years dug up different corn fields off miscellaneous tips.  You probably have even heard that Hoffa was under Giants stadium underneath the end zone.  None of it is true.

What we do know is why Hoffa was killed.  It's not rocket science here folks.  Now, not to tell the entire story of Hoffa's life, because that would take months to discuss, let's look at the resounding reasons.

The main reason for Hoffa's murder was because he made threats and was too vocal.  Hoffa had long been associated with the mafia.  He spoke at length and made denial after denial but the truth is, without the labor union bosses allowing Hoffa to function, believe me he would never have been the head of the teamsters to begin with.  It's not to take anything away from Hoffa as a great speaker and organizer, but the labor unions were always run by the mob.  They needed a guy front and center to organize and Jimmy was the guy for a long time.

In 1957, Jimmy was criminally charged in the McClellan hearings. He was able to avoid conviction, but once John F. Kennedy was elected, he allowed his brother Robert F. Kennedy to attack Hoffa and the mafia.  Little do many understand that it was the mafia who got John F. Kennedy elected in the first place, but that's another story for another time, but because Hoffa was so livid with the Kennedy's over what he deemed a personal attack, he went on many verbal rants about the Kennedy's which brought more heat onto the mob.  Strike number 1.

Then in 1964 Hoffa was convicted of bribery, and sentenced to eight years in prison.  Hoffa effectively was ratted on by Louisana teamster Edward Partin when he went to the FBI and spilled his guts about Hoffa and Carlos Marcello(boss of the Louisana mafia)  Later in that year Hoffa was also convicted of improper use of a teamsters pension fund.  Hoffa was effectively arranging loans to organized crime by using the vast amounts of pension funds within the teamsters.  He was found guilty and sentenced to five years to run consecutively with his prior eight year sentence for bribery. Strike number two.

In 1967 Hoffa began serving his sentence at Lewisburg Federal.  Prior to entering prison he named Frank Fitzsimmons to take over as head of the teamsters.  While Fitzsimmons was a Hoffa man, the mob found him to be more agreeable, and he frankly just did what they asked without complaint.  It would render Hoffa absolutely powerless and irate.  Then in 1971 Hoffa was released from prison when then President Richard M. Nixon commuted his sentence.  Hoffa then cashed in his pension which was worth $1.7 million dollars in a lump sum.  Some have argued that some of that money went directly into Nixon's pocket as a payment for commuting Hoffa's sentence.

One of the limitations to Hoffa's release was that he could not take part in any union activities until 1980.  It infuriated Hoffa to no end.  Jimmy would go on to fight that in court, but would lose. It further angered the mob who just wanted Jimmy to fall in line.

Jimmy began to try and reestablish himself in local 299 in Detroit and was setting himself up for another run at the top of the teamsters union.  One of his biggest enemies at the time was Anthony Provenzano.  They never got along, and Jimmy had made several threats that if the mob didn't back him for reelection or if they didn't allow him to get back into the fold, he would without any doubt let the Government know everything, including information about the Kennedy assassination. Strike number three.
Frank Sheeran

The mafia had seen and heard enough from Jimmy Hoffa.  Russel Buffalino who had long supported Hoffa decided it was time for him to go. 
The problem was, from the mafia's perspective was that Anthony Provenzano would be the number one suspect if Hoffa was killed or disappeared. They needed a different way.  Enter Frank Sheeran.

Anthony Provenzano
Frank Sheeran was a longtime ally and friend and teamster along with Jimmy Hoffa. Frank Sheeran represented Russell Bufalino.  He had long been a collector for Bufalino and essentially given to Hoffa to protect him.   Frank and Jimmy were extremely close, so much so, that Hoffa trusted him more than anyone.  On that fateful day July 30, 1975, Jimmy was supposed to meet with Anthony Provenzano and others at the Machus  Red Fox Restaurant in suburban Detroit.   The topic of discussion was going to be Hoffa getting out of the Teamsters business.  Bufalino was also supposed to be an attendance, if for nothing more than to smooth over the static between the mob and Hoffa.  Hoffa felt relaxed because he trusted Frank Sheeran implicitly.   It would be his undoing.

As they were waiting for Provenzano, there was a call.  They
were to meet at a suburban house for the meeting because neither Provenzano nor Bufalino wanted to meet in public.  Sheeran suggested they take his car, which Hoffa agreed with.   They drove to a suburban house.  According to Sheeran, "Jimmy was ranting and raving over the change of locations. He was absorbed by it. His guard was down."  As they entered the house, Sheeran pulled out a gun and shot Hoffa twice behind the head.

Russell Bufalino
There was a cleanup crew already inside the house, and shortly after Hoffa was dead, his body was removed out the back door, placed into the trunk of a car and driven to a local mortuary where he was cremated. All those facts, have been supported by the FBI.  In fact, DNA tests have been done inside the house where Hoffa was killed and they found trace evidence of Hoffa's DNA in the floorboards which lends itself to Sheeran's admission on his death bed.

Whether or not you can believe Sheeran's admission is one thing.  Many have said they know what happened, or knew who did it.  Never once did Sheeran buckle under questioning, nor did his story ever change.  He had intimate details of Hoffa, his whereabouts and everything else.  Shortly after Hoffa disappeared the FBI did question Sheeran, who had a solid alibi.

There is a book called "I heard You Paint Houses," which is about Frank Sheeran and his involvement in the Hoffa hit as well as the Kennedy assassination.  I suggest you go out and grab that book and check it out for yourself.  What used to be speculative now is pretty much fact.  Sheeran had the ability and the access to do it, and why make it up?  The answer is, he didn't.  Sheeran spent his life killing others at the behest of the mob and Russell

There is a movie coming out about this, starring Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci, and Al Pacino.  Directed by Martin Scorcese. You don't have to believe my word for it.  Get the book, and do the research.


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