What Happened To Jimmy Hoffa? The Strange Story Of His Disappearance

Published November 6, 2017
Updated December 18, 2017

The Many Theories On Jimmy Hoffa’s Disaperence

Giants Stadium

Wikimedia CommonsThe old Giants Stadium in the Meadowlands of East Rutherford, N.J.

1. Jimmy Hoffa was shot, dismembered, frozen, and then buried in cement at the old Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Specifically, Hoffa was buried under Section 107. When the stadium was demolished in 2010, so convinced was the F.B.I. that the story was bunk, the agency didn’t even bother to search the site.

2. Hoffa was crushed by a 40-cubic-yard trash compactor outside the Raleigh House restaurant in the Detroit suburbs, five miles from where he vanished. The Mafia famously ran the sanitation business, so it was a relatively routine hit.

3. According to Joseph Franco, Hoffa’s former associate, and self-proclaimed “thief, extortionist, leg breaker, and hired killer,” Hoffa was shoved alive out of an airplane over one of the Great Lakes by a couple of federal agents.

The Irishman

YouTubeFrank “The Irishman” Sheeran

4. Before his death, Mobster and former friend of Hoffa, Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran confessed to the hit and said that Jimmy was shot to death and then cremated in a trash incinerator in the Detroit suburbs. Interestingly enough, Sheeran will be portrayed by Robert De Niro in an upcoming Netflix original movie based on Sheeran’s account of the Hoffa murder. Al Pacino will be playing Hoffa.

5. Hoffa was shot with a stun gun, ground up at an ironworks, placed into a steel drum, and shipped to the Everglades, where his remains were disposed of. Some accounts note that he may have been partially digested by alligators.

6. According to Mafia chauffeur-turned-stool pigeon Marvin Elkind, Hoffa was kidnapped, killed, and then buried in the wet concrete foundation of Detroit’s Renaissance Center. Elkind noted ominously to the New York Post in 2011, “practically every union carpenter in and around the city was called in to rush the construction of wooden forms needed for pouring concrete at the Renaissance project.”

7. Hoffa was stabbed in the head with a hunting knife, placed in a steel drum, set on fire, buried, then dug up and compacted inside a car and shipped to Japan as recycled scrap metal for use in new cars. As investigative reporter Jerry Stanecki wrote noted in The New York Times, it was “the ultimate insult — a nonunion market.”

And those are just the most popular theories surrounding the Jimmy Hoffa disappearance. Of course, none of these stories have amounted to anything, leaving the mystery unsolved.

Kellen Perry
Kellen Perry writes about television, history, music, art, video games, and food for ATI, Grunge, Ranker, Ranker Insights, and anyone else that will have him.
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