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The FBI’s confirmation last week that it was looking for a location near a New Jersey landfill as a possible landfill for former Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa is the latest development in a search that began when he disappeared in 1975.

Fox News confirmed last week that the FBI had obtained a search warrant to examine the site which Fox Nation says may be a burial site for Hoffa.

The revelations were reported as part of the Fox Nation series, “Riddle: The Search for James R. Hoffa,” and were the subject of the fourth episode available on the streaming service.

Fox Nation hired a ground penetrating radar company, Ground Penetrating Radar Systems, in March 2020 to conduct an underground site survey, with a technician describing large chunks of round metal that could be a 55 gallon Hoffa drum would have been buried in.

Union of Teamsters President James Hoffa attends the start of trucking contract talks at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC on January 18, 1967 (AP Photo)

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“Last month the FBI obtained a search warrant to investigate the site under the Pulaski Skyway,” the FBI said in a statement to Fox News. “On October 25 and 26, FBI staff in the Newark and Detroit field offices completed the investigation, and that data is currently being analyzed. Since the affidavit in support of the search warrant has been sealed by the court, we are unable to provide additional information. information. “

A number of theories have emerged about Hoffa since he went missing, although many of them have been linked to the release of books. From serious to slanderous, here are some of the best:

Theory:

Hoffa was killed on the orders of Anthony “Tony Pro” Provenzano, a suspected New Jersey Mafia figure. His body was “crushed into small pieces, shipped to Florida, and dumped in a swamp.”

Who put it forward:

Self-proclaimed mafia murderer Charles Allen, who served prison time with Hoffa and participated in the federal witness protection program, told the story to a US Senate committee in 1982.

Results:

The FBI never found enough evidence to support this claim and questions have been raised about Allen trying to sell the story to make money.

Jimmy Hoffa mystery: A look at the theories as FBI investigates possible lead

In this file photo taken on July 24, 1975, Jimmy Hoffa poses for a photo. Police will take soil samples from a house in Roseville, Michigan, looking for the remains of the missing Teamsters boss. (Tony Spina / Detroit Free Press / Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

Theory:

Probably the most infamous had buried Hoffa under Section 107 of Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Who put it forward:

Self-proclaimed hitman Donald “Tony the Greek” Frankos in a 1989 Playboy magazine interview.

Results:

The FBI found nothing to support this claim and didn’t bother to come forward when the stadium was demolished in 2010.

“When this information came to our attention, we debated it, but we were all ultimately convinced that this guy was unreliable,” FBI agent Jim Kossler said at the time. “We were able to prove to our mind that what he was telling us couldn’t have happened because he couldn’t have been there or was in jail at the time.”

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Theory:

Hoffa was kidnapped by “federal marshals or federal agents,” driven to a nearby airport and dropped from a plane, possibly in one of the Great Lakes surrounding Michigan.

Who put it forward:

Hoffa’s former assistant and strong arm Joseph Franco in the 1987 book “Hoffa’s Man”.

Results:

Other than Franco’s word, there was nothing to support his request.

A review of the Chicago Tribune book put it this way: “Former New York Times reporter Richard Hammer, who helped Franco with the book, frankly writes in the introduction that stories have a ‘sound of truth’. Maybe, but they also smell something else. “

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Theory:

Hoffa was killed by a former ally Frank Sheeran in a house in Detroit. Key elements of the narrative became the basis of the 2019 film “The Irishman”.

Who put it forward: Sheeran.

Results:

Bloomfield Township Police tore up the floors of the house in 2004, but the FBI lab concluded that the blood found on them was not Hoffa’s.

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Theory:

New Jersey Mafia hitman Richard “The Iceman” Kuklinski killed Hoffa in Michigan, took the body to a New Jersey junkyard, sealed it in a 50 gallon barrel, and put it there. fire. He later dug up the body and put it in the trunk of a car that was sold as scrap metal.

Who put it forward:

Kuklinski, who argued in his 2006 book, “The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer,” that he was awarded $ 40,000 for the murder.

Results: The former head of organized crime investigations for the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice told the Record of Bergen County, New Jersey, that he doubted the claim.

“They took a body in Detroit, where they have one of the biggest lakes in the world, and brought it back to New Jersey? Come on,” Bob Buccino said.

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Theory: Hoffa was killed and his body buried under a swimming pool in Hampton Township, Oakland County.

Who put it forward: Richard C. Powell, who lived on the property and was serving a life sentence without parole for a 1982 homicide in Saginaw County.

Results: Police used a backhoe to demolish the pool and dig underneath in 2003, although no trace of Hoffa was found. At one point, police brought Powell to the scene in handcuffs and shackles. Then-county prosecutor Joseph K. Sheeran told the Bay City, Michigan Times that Powell “had no connection with Hoffa” and that the convict just wanted a few moments of glory.

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Theory: Hoffa’s killers buried him under the 73-story Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit.

Who put it forward: Marvin Elkind, a self-proclaimed “driver and moron for Mafia bosses” in the 2011 book “The Weasel: A Double Life in the Mob”.

Results: The building, which houses the headquarters of General Motors, is standing and the claim was never taken seriously.

Jimmy Hoffa mystery: A look at the theories as FBI investigates possible lead

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Theory: Hoffa was buried in a makeshift grave under a concrete slab of a barn in Oakland Township about 25 miles north of Detroit.

Who put it forward: Renowned Mafia Captain Tony Zerilli in the “Hoffa Found” online. Zerilli was in prison for organized crime when Hoffa went missing, but claimed he was told of Hoffa’s whereabouts after his release.

Results: The FBI and police in 2013 spent two days digging at the site that no longer had the barn, but found nothing.

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Theory: Hoffa’s body was delivered to a Jersey City landfill in 1975, placed in a steel drum, and buried about 100 yards on state property that sits below an elevated highway.

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Who put it forward: journalist Dan Moldea, who has written extensively on the Hoffa saga, following interviews with Frank Cappola. Cappola, who died in 2020, says his father owned the landfill and buried the body.

Results: To be determined. The FBI obtained a search warrant to investigate the site, which it completed last month and is analyzing the data. The agency did not say whether it removed anything from the site.

The partnerD The press contributed to this report.


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