July 31, 1975: Jimmy Hoffa disappears in Detroit
Having the power to disappear is something we all would overuse. From a family reunion to a bad date, being able to disappear would solve the problem. One leader didn’t have to wish for these abilities. They just simply vanished from everyone’s sight!
You’re a teamster now
As a kid, Jimmy Hoffa had to provide for his family by working in manual labor. Without any proper education, chances of him moving up in the world were slim. Instead of heading back to school, Hoffa became the leader of a local union. His work led him to join the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. While he started out as an organizer, Hoffa became president in 1957.
The jig is up
Shortly after becoming president, Hoffa was the subject of an investigation by the feds. The previous president Dave Beck was sent to the slammer for fraud charges. Since Hoffa took power, they assumed he hid a few more things. While they found nothing, President John F. Kennedy launched a full-blown search on Hoffa. In 1964, Hoffa was finally caught on charges for attempting to bribe an official. While his jail sentence was originally eight years, a fraud charge increased it to 13 years. Five years into his sentence, Hoffa was released by President Nixon. There was a catch, though. Hoffa couldn’t partake in any union activities for a decade.
His final appearance
Hoffa was outraged with the decision and wanted to appeal this restriction. On July 31, 1975, Hoffa headed to Detroit’s Red Fox restaurant to meet with a couple of mobsters. Unfortunately, that was the last day anyone saw him alive. Many believed the meeting went sour, and the mobsters murdered him. In 1985, a memo stated his potential return to the Teamsters would spell trouble. “The memo says a plan was conceived in New Jersey by Teamsters with ties to the Mafia to stage a hit on Hoffa in Detroit. According to federal authorities, the hit was set up out of fear of Hoffa`s possible return to power in the Teamsters,” the Chicago Tribune reported. While Hoffa’s body was never found, his influence on labor laws is still felt today.