42 years ago, union leader Jimmy Hoffa disappeared in a Michigan parking lot. According to CBS Detroit, a new theory in regards to Hoffa’s disappearance has been thought up by criminology and criminal justice professor James Buccellato.
Buccellato’s theory is that Hoffa was murdered at a home in Bloomfield Hills near where he disappeared on July 30, 1975. The professor believes that Hoffa was lured away from the parking lot and to a nearby property that belonged to mafia member Carlo Licata.
It was in Licata’s home where Buccellato believes Hoffa was killed. His body was disposed of in a nearby crematorium owned by the mafia or it was taken to a sausage factory. “I don’t want to mention [the funeral home] because it’s still a prominent funeral home on the east side that was once upon a time owned by the mafia,” Buccellato says.
However, Hoffa wasn’t just well-known for his mysterious disappearance, he was making waves long before that as the leader of the Detroit labor union and general activist. Hoffa was also known for his involvement in organized crime, mainly as the leader of Teamsters Union. He used his connections and money to try and seek freedom and power. Instead, this is what’s believed to have brought him down.
While the FBI investigated his disappearance they were never able to find anything concrete; neither his body nor his killers. For this reason, his disappearance has always been labeled a mystery as no one truly knows what happened to him. The absence of hard proof led to rumors and urban legends.
One of the most popular theories about Hoffa’s disappearance is that he was dismembered and his body was buried underneath Section 107 of the New York Giant’s Stadium in New Jersey. This theory was actually proven to be false by Mythbusters when they did an episode on the show and found no traces of a human body.
Nevertheless, we’ll never really know what happened to Jimmy Hoffa, but I suppose that’s what makes the urban legend just so much fun. The speculation and coming up with various theories is kind of an enjoyable piece of pop culture, no matter how grim and twisted it may be if you think about it for too long.
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