June 17, 2013, - 11:45 am
Several years ago on this site, I wrote about the FBI digging for Jimmy Hoffa . . . again. I did an “American Farm Held Hostage” daily count, as the FBI spent weeks digging up an old Detroit-area farm looking for a his body. I predicted the feds would NOT find Hoffa’s body, and I was right. Millions of your tax dollars were wasted, dozens of FBI agents were flown from all over the country to stand around and watch the dig, and you–the American taxpayer–had to pay to rebuild a new barn to replace the old decrepit barn the FBI destroyed in the futile search for Hoffa. Well, today, the FBI is at it again. Wasting your money, digging up yet another farm right now, as I write this, in Oakland Township, Michigan, about 32 miles from the City of Detroit. And I predict, yet again, it will be a bust.
Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa? Who Cares; Anthony “Tony Jack” Giacalone, Suspect in the Hoffa Disappearance/Murder
But, even if Hoffa’s body is found, so what? America shouldn’t be wasting yet more money looking for this corrupt union official who was in league with the Mafia, then crossed it.
This time, it’s based on a tip from Mob boss Anthony Zerilli. You see, Zerilli–who claims no ties to the Mob, even though he was a top Mob official (Underboss of the Detroit Partnership of Cosa Nostra) and did oodles of time in the slammer–has a new website with merchandise, including a book to sell and even autographed photos. And like a skilled public relations pro, he told the Detroit media about his claim that Hoffa was buried on a farm 45 minutes outside Detroit, carefully building the buzz for his book. Today, more free publicity for his book, with this waste-of-time-and-resources-dig.
The FBI is constantly asking the government for more money and ever larger budgets. Why? So it can continue on this comical treasure hunt? So that if the FBI ultimately finds Hoffa’s body, its officials can preen for the cameras? Not sure how this would be a source of pride to the agency, even if the body is found. After all, the Jimmy Hoffa disappearance is one of the monumental failures of the FBI. After generations of agents have worked on the case, they never found Hoffa’s body in nearly four decades of searching, and Famous But Incompetent never solved the crime.
Not that I care if they do. As I noted, Hoffa was not an innocent man. He was a mob team player, so I couldn’t care less what they did with their partner in crime. You hang with snakes, you get bitten. Hoffa’s kids are relatively wealthy. Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. is the high-paid head of the Teamsters Union, and a daughter, Barbara Ann Crancer, is a retired judge with a nice pension (she’s now 75). Let them spend the money for this wild goose chase seeking their crooked father’s remains. This is no longer about justice, since back in 2006, when they dug up the farm, the only remaining living suspect in Hoffa’s disappearance was 93. If he’s still alive today, that would make him 100.
Here is an excerpt from my May 2006 initial post on that year’s failed dig for Jimmy Hoffa. The Detroit FBI has since gone through two Special Agents in Charge and the pop culture references are dated. But the story remains the same on this Keystone Koppery:
Not far from where I live is Machus Red Fox (now Andiamo’s), the restaurant from which Teamster’s President Jimmy Hoffa disappeared in 1975.
I like a good mob story as much as the next person. But living in Detroit, rumors and resulting dig-ups of back-yards looking for Jimmy Hoffa are as common as Paris Hilton bed partners. And equally as valuable to society. As in, not very.
They never find the former Teamster’s Union president’s body, either. It’s the boy who cried wolf with a giant sinkhole of taxpayer dollars to go with it.
The FBI–nationally and in Detroit–repeatedly claims that its number one priority is fighting terrorism. So, why on earth is the FBI using tens of hundreds of agents–from Detroit, Chicago, AND Washington, DC–to scour a farm in suburban Detroit looking for Jimmy Hoffa’s body, over the next two weeks? No expense is being spared by the feds, and it is an incredible waste of resources. FIFTY(!) FBI agents are digging up the farm to look for Hoffa. It’s absurd.
We predict that the FBI will fail to find Hoffa’s body during this latest search. But, even if they do find his body, what purpose is served–30 years later–in doing so? Even then, it will be nothing more than tax dollar waste in the name of Cosa Nostra folklore.
There can be only one purpose in this Jimmy Hoffa exhumation circus: media coverage, PR, and face-time for the FBI and its [Detroit] Special Agent in Charge . . . . Clearly, terrorism is NOT the priority. Or there wouldn’t be the time, the money, the many agents to spare, going over every inch of the Milford Farm in the quest for the Holy Grail of Hoffa’s rotted corpse. It’s a sexy story, but worthless in terms of justice served. It’s not the job of taxpayers to fund the FBI’s wish to superimpose itself on “The Godfather” long after that age has ended.
What is a bigger threat to our safety, today: another 9/11 attack/nuclear weapons from Iran OR the deceased Anthony “Tony Jack” Giacalone, Anthony “Tony Pro” Provenzano, and assorted other now-elderly or -dead mobsters who might have assassinated Hoffa?
Since the FBI doesn’t know the correct answer to that, we should all be worried.
The dissapearance of Jimmy Hoffa allegedly resulted in a fatal trip to a salami factory in Cleveland, the end zone in Giants Stadium, underneath a backyard swimming pool in central Michigan, a home in Detroit, and now a farm in a Detroit suburb. But they are all fantasy, including–likely the last one. What happened to Jimmy Hoffa? Who cares. It’s an endless chase with no pay-off even if there is a pay-off.
The Jimmy Hoffa investigation should have ended. Far too much time has been spent on it. And it’s time for it to be relegated, forever, to American mob mythology or the professionals who write “The Sopranos.”
America cannot afford to solve every mystery no matter how much desired media storm it creates for Dan Roberts and the Federal Bureau of Irrelevant Investigation.
Isn’t it amazing how, seven years after I wrote that, history repeats itself to a “T”?
Here’s more from another post on the 2006 dig, “Desperately Seeking Jimmy,” also still apropos:
To all those who whine that the media focuses only on missing persons who are cute young White girls, your theory is proven wrong.
Jimmy Hoffa was neither female nor young. And not cute either. But our media’s fascination with his disappearance and government’s obsession with finding his body is unmatched by any Natalee Holloway hype. . . .
America cannot afford to solve every mystery. Real life is not “Sex & The City.” You can’t always get “closure.”
Sadly, the FBI, like a jilted lover, can’t take the hint and keeps coming back for more. Exhibit A: today’s latest Jimmy Hoffa dig.
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