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Agents think they'll find out what happened to Jimmy Hoffa - after 40 years

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
June 19th, 2013
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Former Teamsters chief Jimmy Hoffa mysteriously disappeared in 1975. It was largely believed that he was the victim of foul play. Federal agents now say that they are about to crack one of America's biggest unsolved mysteries, with the discovery of a suspicious concrete slab found in Oakland Township, Michigan.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Some remain skeptical and say that the slab is nothing more than part of an old foundation for a barn.

What prompts the recent investigation comes in the wake of extensive FBI interviews with former mobster, 85-year-old Tony Zerilli, who was convicted of being a reputed mafia captain. In prison on July, 30 1975, when Hoffa disappeared from a Bloomfield Township restaurant, Zerilli says he was informed about Hoffa's whereabouts after his release.

Second in command with the Detroit mafia, Zerilli says he was told by a mafia enforcer that Hoffa was abducted, killed, and brought to the Buhl Road site. The plan was to bury Hoffa there temporarily, then later move his body near a hunting lodge in northern Michigan.

Investigators this week focused on the property in northern Oakland County - which was once owned by Betty Speezie's aunt. "It's all gone now, but there was a house, a milk house, a barn and a garage," Speezie told reporters.

"It was pretty dilapidated looking, it wasn't well cared for," a neighbor added.

Speezie believes the theory, as her aunt sold the property to the Tocco's, another mobster family. "After my aunt sold it then, she didn't know anything about the mob, I mean, they were just people who had the money, it was for sale, and she sold it to them," she said.

Speezie thinks investigators should also focus on. "The barn. They could have gone right around to the back, backed right up there and it was dirt, inside the barn, it was dirt on this side," she said. "Nobody would have known a thing, it would be very secretive."

The search is expected to resume this week.

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