NBC Evening News for Friday, Aug 01, 1975
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(Studio) James Hoffa still missing. No trace found. Hoffa career noted. Relations with Frank Fitzsimmons and Fitzsimmon's son, Vice President of Hoffa's Teamsters' local, noted. Bombing of Fitzsimmons auto reported.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Bloomfield, Michigan) Police very much concerned. FBI may have entered case. Red Fox restaurant place Hoffa last seen. Identity of companion for luncheon meeting sought. May have been Anthony Giacalone, big man in Detroit Mafia. Hoffa's son, James, tries to contact Giacalone. At Lake Orion, Michigan, Hoffa son suspects kidnapping. [James P. HOFFA - definitely believes father kidnapped; alive; no ransom demand yet made; believes pols. of local 299 worth investigating.] One high Teamster official believes Hoffa may have been killed.
REPORTER: Robert Hager
(Detroit, Michigan) Teamster convention of 4 years ago recalled. Film shown. [Frank FITZSIMMONS - in 1974 interview, speaks of Hoffa role in labor movement.] Film from file footage shown, include bombed Fitzsimmons' auto. [Teamster Vice President Robert HOLMES - does not believe Hoffa absence due to inter-union feud between Hoffa and Fitzsimmons.] Rivalry between factions in local 299 said hot.
REPORTER: Irving R. Levine