In a special Gang Land report about one of the great Mafia mysteries — the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa — investigative journalist Dan E. Moldea, the leading expert on Hoffa, tells you, based on 40 years of investigating the storied mob rubout, what happened, who did it, and where Hoffa ended up 40 years ago today.
July 30, 2015
This Week in Gang Land
The mystery of Jimmy Hoffa's disappearance on July 30, 1975, has confounded the nation for forty years. Even as the trail has waxed and waned, and the baffling cast of sketchy characters is dying off, the FBI and the media still keep an eye peeled for the one clue or confession that will lead to the final resolution of the mystery, perhaps even the recovery of the remains of the long gone 62-year-old ex-boss of the Teamsters Union.
Based on the evidence, including my own contributions to the case, I believe that what I am presenting here is the most plausible theory to date as to what happened, who did it, and where Hoffa ended up.
The Hoffa murder was a three-act drama with different characters in each act: In Act One, Hoffa went to the Machus Red Fox restaurant in a Detroit suburb in anticipation of a meeting with two Mafia figures, Anthony (Tony Jack) Giacalone of Detroit and Anthony (Tony Pro) Provenzano of Union City, New Jersey. Supposedly, neither man showed up.
It would probably make a great movie, but with all due respect to author Charles Brandt, Frank (The Irishman) Sheeran did not whack Jimmy Hoffa 40 years ago today. As I politely told Robert De Niro last December, who still may play Sheeran in a movie adaption of Brandt's book, I Heard You Paint Houses, Sheeran has successfully conned a lot of people despite his conflicting versions of events.
Genovese capo Anthony Provenzano traveled to Michigan to oversee the murder of Jimmy Hoffa at a farm owned by a Teamsters Union official about 20 miles from the place where Hoffa had planned to meet Tony Pro and another mobster, according to evidence furnished by a former Motor City businessman — who passed an FBI polygraph test on the subject — and his wife.
Unless you get really lucky, and find a copy squirreled away in the wrong section of your local bookstore, you won't be able to get a first printing of Mob Boss: The Life Of Little Al D'Arco, The Man Who Brought Down The Mafia. But there are still some second print versions of the hardcover available as gifts or for your own reading pleasure.
Because of the heavy demand, Thomas Dunne Books went to the well again for a second printing of Mob Boss, the book that The New York Times called a "gripping, novelistic biography – a bulls-eye."
The mass market, paperback version was published in March, however, and is available online and at your favorite bookstores for about eight bucks. You still should be able to pick up a copy of the hard cover at your favorite bookstore, or, as Claude Raines might say to Humphrey Bogart, from any number of the usual online suspects: Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and BooksAMillion, as well as an independent book seller near you.
See why Mob Boss has been praised by Pete Hamill, Jimmy Breslin, Nicholas Pileggi, Mister District Attorney Robert Morgenthau – as well as readers everywhere.
Mob Boss is also available in a special BIG PRINT edition. And for those who would rather hear every word of the 406 page book read to them, Mob Boss is also available on an MP3 CD from Tantor Audio.