The Disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa

He was a mafia-connected labor union leader whose mysterious disappearance still captivates — and he's a key figure in Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman." This is the life of Jimmy Hoffa.

A prominent figure in various labor movements

On July 30, 1975 at 1:15PM Union Leader James Riddle Hoffa got in his 1974 Pontiac and left his home for a meeting with mafia members Anthony Giacalone and Anthony Provenzano. At 2 p.m. he arrived at the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Detroit. At 2:15 p.m. he placed a call to his wife complaining that the 2 men were no-shows. 15 minutes later he was seen talking to 3 unidentified men and entering their vehicle. He was never seen again.

Born in Indiana in 1913, Hoffa was a prominent figure in various labor movements from a young age. His father, a coalminer, died of lung cancer when he was 7. As a teenager, he helped his coworkers at a Kroger grocery store organize a labor strike to fight unfair wages. For 14 years he was the president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters — a labor union for truck drivers founded in 1903. Beginning in the 1930’s he helped grow the Teamsters into the largest labor union in the United States. At the time, trucking unions were heavily intertwined with organized crime, and Hoffa’s rise in the Teamsters went hand-in-hand with his mafia connections. In 1964 Robert F. Kennedy’s crackdown on the mob landed Hoffa in prison on a federal bribery charge.

He served 5 years of his 13-year sentence before having his sentence commuted by President Nixon. He attempted to regain control of the Teamsters but was met with resistance from union leadership — as well as mafia members, including Anthony Provenzano. Both of the men Hoffa was scheduled to meet have air-tight alibis. He was officially declared dead in 1982 — but his body was never found according to the FBI. For over 40 years the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa has remained a mystery.


11/28/2019 5:32 PM


  • Rod U.
    08/02/2020 11:55


  • Marilyn S.
    07/13/2020 16:29

    Now the Teamsters have joined SEIU. Ugh.

  • Margaret H.
    05/26/2020 05:14

    There is no mystery here. "If you can't run with the big dogs, stay on the porch." I've always supported Unions but, sometimes they make me a bit nervous. 😟😧

  • Jr B.
    04/17/2020 22:14

    Were is he

  • Darleen P.
    02/20/2020 15:53

    I recently watched the Irishman....was a phenom movie.

  • Denise L.
    02/18/2020 01:15

    Good movie...mystery will prob never be solved.

  • Brenda W.
    02/17/2020 17:48

    Sandy was in my English class. She’s his niece

  • Ardian S.
    02/01/2020 01:09


  • Jim D.
    01/05/2020 20:15

    He ain’t dead.He’s a short-order at Cozy Cafe down Uvalde,Tex.Stop in and say hi.

  • Neil P.
    01/05/2020 16:01

    His middle name is wonder it's hard to figure out what happened to him..

  • Bruce G.
    12/31/2019 00:01

    A giant among men

  • Bruce G.
    12/31/2019 00:01

    The last of an ancient race

  • Mike B.
    12/30/2019 23:55


  • Chris B.
    12/29/2019 08:15

    Masonic lodge killed him.

  • Dee D.
    12/27/2019 22:42


  • Paul T.
    12/26/2019 00:40

    Provenzano was bad news

  • Rob F.
    12/25/2019 20:06

    Jimmy Hoffa is equipment mgr for Cleveland clowns😭

  • Andy D.
    12/25/2019 08:58

    There was an interview with a fellow on his deathbed.... this guy stated he had nothing to gain or lose by telling his story. He said he was one of three men contracted to "deal" with Mr.Hoffa. He and two other men were paid dollars a piece. In his words they knew it was someone big. They were waiting in the parking lot in a van. At the location where Hoffa was last seen. The van door opened and in stepped Hoffa. The man states that Mr Hoffa offered each man 3× the money they were getting to call off the hit. The man telling the story told Hoffa, "Jimmy, ya know we can't do that".... he goes on to tell how Mr Hoffa was very brave, "he took it like a man, never cried, never complained, and didn't fight back".... The man telling the story says the van was driven to one of the great lakes. ( not sure which one).... at that point Mr Hoffa was put on a boat, sailed out a distance, he was told to strip naked. He was wrapped up with logging chains and pushed overboard, alive. When asked why the "hit" went down this way the man stated, "when your hired to do a job for someone, you do it the way they tell you".... I can't remember when or where I saw this interview, but this is how I recall it.... it must have made some kind of impression on me as I have never forgotten it. Tried Googling it, came up empty. Now if it was a part of some crazy dream I had, I'll be going back to bed to dream of box cars filled with money....

  • Donavan G.
    12/24/2019 07:57

    They Still Looking for Hoffa in Detroit Michigan lbvs

  • Lorenzo R.
    12/23/2019 16:30

    Either two ways Jimmy Hoffa is in the foundation of a building or incinerated.

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