Jimmy Hoffa was a very powerful leader and president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehouseman, and Helpers of America, whose mysterious disappearance, suspected of being Mafia connected, on July 30, 1975 has never been solved. Hoffa was a major figure in the Supermob, the go-betweens of the upper world and the mafia world. As the Teamster president, Jimmy had two very important voters: his members and the gangsters that helped him move up the ladder to union success. Hoffa served his gangster associates by writing them into Teamster union power and Teamster union pension-fund cash. In his Supermob role, Hoffa did more to expand the affluence of the gangs and knit them into the fabric of American life
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Several employees said they would have immediately known him by sight. They agreed that the short, stocky, outspoken Hoffa was hard to miss. John Miller, the manager, said that he nor the questioned employees had seen Hoffa in the restaurant in about a year. He also said there were no reservations made by Hoffa or any other teamster for that Wednesday, July 30.8 Thursday afternoon, Bloomfield Township police contacted Captain Lewis Smith, Commander of the Michigan Police Intelligence Section. According to Grennier, the state police were called in "because they're used to handling this sort of thing." Grennier also talked to the FBI. The acting special agent in charge, Jay Bailey, said that the bureau was monitoring the case but hadn't officially entered it. "When there is any indication of a violation of federal law, we'll move in," he told the press and the Hoffa family. The federal statute on
kidnapping states transporting of the victim across any state line is basis for federal jurisdiction. It also states that once a kidnapping is known to have occurred, failure to release the victim within twenty-four hours allows the presumption that he's been taken across a state line. Then the FBI can take action.9 Other than the reporters in the area, neighbors had not intruded on the family's privacy. The privacy was interrupted by Lt.