James Riddle Hoffa better known as Jimmy Hoffa to most of the world was an American labor union leader who served as the President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Union from 1957 until 1971.
Not one to shy away from a "helping" hand, Hoffa became involved with organized crime early in his professional career as a means to get things done. His closest mob ties were to the Bufalino crime family of Detroit, Michigan.
Through Hoffa's relationship with the Bufalino's the two conspired to bribe officials, labor union representatives, business owners, law enforcement, and others to gain more traction in the construction trade in and around Detroit. Their tactics worked for awhile, but it wouldn't last. In 1967 Hoffa was sentenced to 13 years in prison for bribery, fraud, and jury tampering.
One would think a long stretch in prion would be the end of Hoffa's professional career, but that too wouldn't last. While he was in prison, Hoffa was removed as the President of the Teamsters and subsequently released from prison in 1971 by then President of the United States Richard Nixon under condition he didn't involve himself in the Union for 10 years.
Hoffa ignored the conditions for his release and made every attempt to rejoin the Union as President, but he faced stiff resistance by the current Teamsters establishment. His corrupt ways were no longer a part of the Union and they were determined to push him out for good.
The Bufalino crime family had enough of Hoffa as well. They didn't not come out of the Hoffa trial unscathed having attracted the eyes of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. With Hoffa out of prison and raising hell with the Teamsters, the Bufalino family (who was still engaged and earning millions extorting the Union among other things) were not willing to let Hoffa come in for a second time and threaten their livelihood.
Hoffa disappeared on July 31, 1975 from a restaurant parking lot in Detroit. Several conspiracy theories have floated around about his disappearance. The most logical and widely accepted theory is Hoffa was killed by associates of the Bufalino crime family and in particular one of their hitman and longtime friend of Hoffa, Frank Sheeran. You can read about the life of Frank Sheeran and his involvement in the Hoffa disappearance by visiting
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