One of the most enduring questions is "Who killed Jimmy Hoffa?" The questions about the demise of the Teamster Union leader are breathing new life lately.

Jimmy Hoffa was last seen in public on July 30, 1975, in the parking lot of a Michigan restaurant. He hasn't been seen alive or dead since that summer day over 40 years ago.

The Martin Scorcese film The Irishman, featuring screen legends Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, and Joe Pesci, is based on a book by the man who claims he murdered Hoffa on the orders of the Italian Mafia leader Russell Bufalino. The movie debuts on Netflix this week and it is bringing new attention to the mystery of what happened to Hoffa.

James Hoffa was an aggressive labor leader and he was elected to the head of the Teamsters Union in 1957. He was investigated by the federal government because of his alleged involvement with organized crime members. He was convicted in 1967 of numerous crimes and sentenced to federal prison for a 13-year term.

In 1971, President Richard Nixon pardoned Hoffa for his crimes. Hoffa disappeared a few years later.

The investigative journalist Dan E. Moldea has been reporting on the multiple dimensions of the world of Jimmy Hoffa since the 1970s. His work has connected the deaths of President John F. Kennedy and his brother Sen. Robert F. Kennedy to the world of organized crime and James Hoffa.

Hear his interview with me on the mystery of James Hoffa here:



Chris McCarthy is the host of The Chris McCarthy Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @Chris_topher_Mc. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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