DETROIT (AP) — The FBI’s confirmation last week that it was looking at a spot near a New Jersey landfill as the possible burial site of former Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa is the latest development in a search that began when he disappeared in 1975.

There have been many theories regarding Hoffa’s disappearance since his report. However, most of them are tied to book release. Here are the top ten, from serious to outrageous:


Theorie: Hoffa was murdered on orders from alleged New Jersey mob figure Anthony “Tony Pro” Provenzano. His body was “ground up in little pieces, shipped to Florida and thrown into a swamp.”

It was Charles Allen who, a self-described mafia criminal, served time in prison with Hoffa. Allen also took part in the federal witness-protection programme. U.S. Senate1982: The founding of the committee

End result: FBI did not find enough evidence to back the claim. Questions were also raised about Allen’s attempts to profit from the story.


Theorie: Hoffa is the most famous theory. buried under Section 107 of Giants StadiumEast Rutherford in New Jersey

Who put it forth: Self-described hit man Donald “Tony the Greek” Frankos in a 1989 Playboy magazine interview.

Outcome: The FBI found nothing to support the claim and didn’t bother to show up when the stadium was demolished in 2010.

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


Theory: Hoffa was abducted by ″either federal marshals or federal agents,″ driven to a nearby airport and dropped out of a plane, possibly into one of the Great Lakes that surround Michigan.

Who put it forth: Former Hoffa aide and strong-arm Joseph Franco in the 1987 book ″Hoffa’s Man.″

Outcome: Other than Franco’s word, there was nothing to support his claim.

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


Theorie: Frank Sheeran, a one-time friend of Hoffa, killed him at a Detroit home. This narrative was the foundation for the movie 2019. “The Irishman.”

Sheeran was the one to put it forward.

Results: The 2004 Bloomfield Township police raid of the house resulted in the removing floorboards. FBI crime lab concluded that blood found on them was not Hoffa’s.


Theory: New Jersey mob hit man Richard “The Iceman” Kuklinski killed Hoffa in Michigan, drove the body to a New Jersey junkyard, sealed it in a 50-gallon drum and set it on fire. The body was later found and taken to New Jersey by Richard Kuklinski, who then put it into a trunk of his car.

Who put it forth: Kuklinski, who contended in his 2006 book, “The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer,” that he received $40,000 for the slaying.

The Record of Bergen County in New Jersey received the following outcome: The former head of organized crimes investigations for New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice stated that he didn’t believe the claim.

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


Theory: Hoffa was killed and his body was buried beneath a swimming pool in Oakland County’s Hampton Township.

It was Richard C. Powell who lived on the land and was currently serving life without parole in prison for 1982 Saginaw County homicide.

The police used a backhoe in the demolition of the pool. They also dug beneath it in 2003. However, no trace was left to Hoffa. Police brought Powell, handcuffed in chains and tied to the spot at one time. Then-Bay County Prosecutor Joseph K. Sheeran told the Bay City (Michigan) Times that Powell “didn’t have any connection to Hoffa at all” and that the convict just wanted a few moments of fame.


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

Who put it forth: Marvin Elkind, a self-described “chauffeur and goon for mob bosses,” in the 2011 book “The Weasel: A Double Life in the Mob.”

Outcome: The building, home to General Motors’ headquarters, stands and the claim has never been taken seriously.


Theory: Hoffa is buried in a makeshift grave beneath a concrete slabA barn located in Oakland Township, about 25 miles from Detroit.

Who put it forth: Reputed Mafia captain Tony Zerilli in the online “Hoffa Found.” Zerilli was in prison for organized crime when Hoffa disappeared, but he claimed he was informed about Hoffa’s whereabouts after his release.

Outcome: The FBI and police in 2013 spent two days We searched the area that had no barn and found nothing.


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

The person who put it forward: Dan Moldea, a journalist, has extensively written about the Hoffa saga as a result interview with Frank Cappola. Cappola who passed away in 2020 claims that his father owned the landfill where the body was buried.

The outcome: Still to be decided. FBI was granted a search warrant for a site survey. It completed it last month, and now is analysing the results. The agency hasn’t said whether it removed anything from the site.


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