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Hoffa Missing / Background #241394

CBS Evening News for Friday, Aug 01, 1975
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(Studio) Ex-Teamsters Union president, Jimmy Hoffa, still missing.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Detroit, Michigan) Report on Hoffa's last known actions. On Wednesday, he drove to restaurant where he was supposed to meet someone at 2 p.m. Called wife at 2:30; said party not there and he'd be home by 4 p.m. Car found in parking lot; no sign of struggle. [Son James P. HOFFA - says doesn't know if union involved (in abduction.)] March 1967 film shows Hoffa en rte. to prison for mail fraud and jury tampering. Hand picked Frank Fitzsimmons to be president until he returned. Fitzsimmons elected July 1, 1971. Hoffa shown in April 1975 film; Hoffa barred from union pols. and office-holding until 1980. Local 299 wracked by violence; president loyal to Hoffa; Vice President is Fitzsimmon's son, Richard, whose car was blown up 3 weeks ago. [Secretary-treas. local 299 Otto WENDEL - says doesn't think union involved.] Hoffa rptdly. supposed to meet Anthony Giacalone, reputed Mafia chieftain and friend. Rptd. Giacalone was to mediate dispute between Hoffa and 3rd party Also reported Hoffa withdrew $1 million from his account in union pension fund. FBI in contact with Michigan officials.

Mudd, Roger

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