James Riddle Hoffa – known to one and all as “Jimmy” – was a leader of Teamster’s Union in the United States. He was also involved in organized crime, and served time for jury tampering, attempted bribery and fraud in the years leading up to his disappearance. However, the terms of his pardon in 1971 forbade him from any association with the union movement or with criminals.
He was last seen outside the Machus Diner in Detroit on June 30, 1975. No one knows if he was kidnapped, killed or orchestrated his own disappearance – although with a history like his, these all seem plausible options. His body was never recovered, and he was officially presumed dead seven years to the day after his disappearance. Assuming that he wasn’t killed, he would most likely have died already by now, as he would now be more than a hundred years old.
Jimmy Hoffa Memorial Building Blues – David Lindley