March 5, 2022 — Slain Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa was strangled, not shot to death as long speculated, according to multiple sources. Hoffa, 62, famously disappeared on the afternoon of July 30, 1975 from a Metro Detroit restaurant’s parking lot and was never seen again. His remains have never been found and nobody has ever been arrested in the case that remains an open FBI investigation to this day.
One source claims Hoffa was killed by a team of “made men” in Detroit’s Tocco-Zerilli crime family, (allegedly more than a half-dozen), and that Hoffa fought “tooth and nail” as the team wrestled him to the ground and garroted him until he stopped breathing.
“A lot of people had a lot of problems with Jimmy and they wanted in on the action,” the source said. “The job turned into a real rodeo. People called Hoffa the “Little Bull,” because of his toughness and he went down kicking and screaming. They broke a bunch of furniture. It was a sweat pit.”
The FBI believes Hoffa was murdered by his former allies in the mafia after a falling out regarding his desire to reclaim the Teamsters union presidency following a prison stint for bribery, jury tampering and fraud. Hoffa went missing on his way to meet Detroit mob street boss Anthony (Tony Jack) Giacalone and New Jersey mob capo Anthony (Tony Pro) Provenzano of New York’s Genovese crime family at the Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Township, Michigan for a sit down to purportedly hash out Hoffa’s problems in the union.
Giacalone and the Detroit mafia groomed Hoffa as a labor-union racketeer and placed him into power as president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in 1957. With the help of his benefactors in the mob and the union’s pension fund, Hoffa grew the Teamsters into the biggest in the world before stepping down when he was behind bars in late 1970 in order to secure a commutation from the Nixon White House. The commutation allowed him to walk free a decade early from his sentence in December 1971 and delivered U.S. President Richard Nixon the labor vote in the next election.
Hoffa desperately wanted to run for the Teamster’s top spot again once he was released, however, his desire to return to the helm of the titanic labor union was being opposed by mob leaders in Detroit, Chicago and New York, who believed he had become too difficult to puppet and was informing for the FBI. In response, Hoffa went on a media campaign telling the public he intended to rid the Teamsters of organized crime influence if he gotreelected.
Tony Giacalone lured Hoffa to the July 1975 lunch meeting in ritzy Bloomfield Township, less than ten miles north of Detroit proper, to square a beef between him and Tony Provenzano, Giacalone’s cousin via marriage and Hoffa’s one-time labor union lieutenant on the east coast. Sources point to either of the nearby residences of Detroit mob soldier Carlo Licata or Giacalone’s right-hand in the union, Leonard (Little Lenny) Schultz, as the most likely possible locations of the kill house in the most iconic unsolved mystery in American history.
Giacalone’s son’s car was used to kidnap Hoffa and is the only piece of physical evidence recovered in the case (Hoffa’s DNA was found in the backseat and trunk of the maroon-colored Mercury Marquis that today sits in the basement evidence locker of the McNamara Federal Building in downtown Detroit). Licata was found dead under suspicious circumstances at his Bloomfield Township home on the six-year anniversary of the Hoffa hit on July 30, 1981. Licata’s dad, Nick, was the boss of the L.A. mob.
At the time Hoffa vanished in the summer of 1975, Giacalone and Schultz were at Giacalone’s headquarters the Southfield Athletic Club. Provenzano was allegedly at his union hall in New Jersey when Hoffa disappeared. Giacalone died of kidney failure in 2001 under indictment in a racketeering case. Provenzano passed away in prison in 1988 serving a life sentence for an unrelated union-connected mob homicide.
Lenny Schultz, a Jewish labor racketeer and Detroit mob henchman going back to the last days of the old Purple Gang, died of natural causes in retirement in Florida in 2013. One source claims Hoffa was taken to and killed at Schultz’s home in Franklin, Michigan, three miles northwest of where Hoffa was last seen getting into Giacalone’s son’s vehicle, and his body given to notorious Teamsters goon and mob associate Rolland (Big Mac) McMaster to dispose of. Authorities believe Schultz’s home was used as the kill house in the 1974 gangland slaying of furniture magnate Harvey Leach, a young mover and shaker in the Detroit business world Schultz and Giacalone were extorting and forcing out of his own booming Joshua Doore furniture chain.
The FBI is currently running down a tip that McMaster had Hoffa’s body transported to a Jersey City, New Jersey trash dump owned by a lieutenant of Tony Provenzano’s and buried on land that is now a state-owned nature preserve. Award-winning investigative reporter and best-selling author Dan Moldea’s tireless work on the case brought attention back on to the former site of the PJP Landfill and subsequent ground-penetrating radar analysis confirms the presence of metal drums underneath the earth which Moldea’s source, a one-time owner of the property’s son, says marks Hoffa’s grave.
Moldea is considered the Godfather of Hoffa case research and has reported on the case since Day One 47 years ago. McMaster died of natural causes in 2007, a little more than a year removed the FBI searching his former Hidden Dreams Ranch in Commerce, Michigan for Hoffa’s body and coming up empty.