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Detroit Man Says He Can Reveal Where Jimmy Hoffa Is Buried
NBC News ^ | January 14, 2013 | Marc Santia

Posted on 01/14/2013 10:18:22 AM PST by Zakeet

Tony Zerilli, alleged to be the underboss of Detroit's biggest crime family, is breaking his silence on one of the greatest unsolved crimes in American history

A man who federal agents say is a main character in the infamous unsolved mystery about the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa is breaking his silence after decades of refusing to answer questions.

The reputed gangster says the union leader was buried in a field in suburban Detroit -- about 20 miles north of the restaurant where he was last seen.

Eighty-five years old and barely able to walk, Tony Zerilli never thought this day would come.

“I’m dead broke. I got no money,” Zerilli told NBC 4 New York. “My quality of life is zero.”

It’s certainly not what you would expect to hear from a man who the feds say was once a high-ranking member of the Detroit La Cosa Nostra family.

“He actually had risen up at one point to the underboss – or second in command,” Andy Arena, former head of the FBI for New York and Detroit, said of Zerilli.

[Snip]

For his part, Zerilli wants closure for himself and Hoffa’s family.

“I’d like to just prove to everybody that I’m not crazy," Zerilli said. "And it means a lot to me. What happened, happened while I was in jail. And I feel very, very bad about it and it should never have happened to Jim Hoffa. He didn’t deserve what happened to him.

Zerilli also wants a payday. He's working on a book and has a web site, hoffafound.com. He believes that he can make money if -- and when -- Hoffa’s body is found in that field. He’s waiting on the FBI to make the next move.

(Excerpt) Read more at nbcnewyork.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: andyarena; anthonyprovenzano; detroit; goodriddance; hoffa; jimmyhoffa; mafia; michigan; teamsters; tonypro; tonyzerilli; unions

Word is that now the Democrats need his vote in a different precinct.

1 posted on 01/14/2013 10:18:27 AM PST by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

Who cares. One dead mobbed up union boss was just a good start.


2 posted on 01/14/2013 10:19:41 AM PST by pgkdan ( "Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." ~Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Zakeet

This has turned into a ‘Where’s Waldo’ farce.....................


3 posted on 01/14/2013 10:20:45 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
Hey Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat....

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4 posted on 01/14/2013 10:21:29 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Zakeet

He’s in Al Capone’s vault.


5 posted on 01/14/2013 10:22:58 AM PST by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: Zakeet

But, can he tell us where Richard Trumpka should go??


6 posted on 01/14/2013 10:23:24 AM PST by Obadiah (It is when a people forget God, that tyrants forge their chains.)
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To: Zakeet

“Zerilli also wants a payday. He’s working on a book and has a web site”

That explains it right there.

Without remains verified by DNA this is just another geraldo Al Capone’s vaults.


7 posted on 01/14/2013 10:23:51 AM PST by V_TWIN (obama=where there's smoke, there's mirrors)
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To: Obadiah

Hell?


8 posted on 01/14/2013 10:25:10 AM PST by MestaMachine (Sometimes the smartest man in the room is standing in the midst of imbeciles.)
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To: Zakeet

There is probably a dead mobster in EVERY field in the Detroit suburbs... Better have some DNA.


9 posted on 01/14/2013 10:26:50 AM PST by Daus
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To: Zakeet
Unintentionally humorous line:

“All this speculation about where he is and he’s not," Zerilli said. "They say he was in a meat grinder. It’s all baloney."

10 posted on 01/14/2013 10:29:15 AM PST by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: kosciusko51

(Pales, looks at half-eaten sandwich, wraps it back up and tosses it)


11 posted on 01/14/2013 10:30:17 AM PST by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: Zakeet

No one cares, he’s not even a punchline any more.


12 posted on 01/14/2013 10:30:47 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: Daus

Actually there are probably more dead mobsters outside of Detroit. The old timers around here have stories.


13 posted on 01/14/2013 10:31:43 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Riley
(Pales, looks at half-eaten sandwich, wraps it back up and tosses it)

Remembering Imogene Coca in "Vacation" after learning the dog peed on the sandwiches - shrugs shoulders, keeps eating.

14 posted on 01/14/2013 10:33:08 AM PST by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmitt in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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To: cripplecreek
There's the mob ~ pretty much a modern invention, with plenty of Sicilianos and Italianos, and even African-Americans and so forth. Then there's the REALLY REALLY old, and original mob stretched out along the Mississippi River and it's major tributaries ~ and including Detroit ~ and environs.

It's called the Union Corse ~ and they are still there, even in Western Tennessee, Cincy, Pittsburgh ~ Detroit, Toronto, and so forth. Many of the old old families have married into the newer families so it's hard to tell who is who.

Detroit's suburbs are certainly a burial ground for mobsters all the way back to the beginnings of the fur trade.

15 posted on 01/14/2013 10:36:35 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: Zakeet

“... I feel very, very bad about it and it should never have happened to Jim Hoffa. He didn’t deserve what happened to him.”

Yes he did. And his loud-mouthed, punk bastard, fat-assed son deserves a head shot, too.


16 posted on 01/14/2013 10:38:00 AM PST by carriage_hill (AR-15s are the 21st Century's Muskets. Self-Defense is The First Human Right.)
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To: muawiyah

The prohibition era gangs were pretty rough. Even Capone chose to deal with the Purple gang rather than go to war with them. The Purples self destructed due to infighting among themselves.

One of my great grandfather did some smuggling for the purples in Detroit but was a low level guy who didn’t see or know anything....ever.


17 posted on 01/14/2013 10:43:26 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

out of his arse, not a hat...

Jimmy Hoffa is liquid by now.


18 posted on 01/14/2013 10:46:09 AM PST by Ouderkirk (Obama has turned America into an aristocracy of the unaccomplished.)
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To: Zakeet
“I’m dead broke. I got no money,” Zerilli told NBC 4 New York. “My quality of life is zero.”

Sniff...that's so sad...NOT! Dry up and die already, ya f#cking old crook. Seriously, a mob guy wants sympathy because his life is sh!t? Sheesh. How many lives did THEY ruin?

19 posted on 01/14/2013 11:01:53 AM PST by Mich Patriot (PITCH BLACK is the new "transparent")
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To: Zakeet
From the linked article:

Quiet until now, Zerilli says he wants to set the record straight about his life -- and what happened to Hoffa.

Zerilli denies ever being in the mafia or having anything to do with the disappearance of Hoffa.

"What happened to Hoffa had nothing to do with me in any way, shape or form,” Zerilli said.








OK...this joker says he was never in the Mafia, and further says that he had nothing whatsoever to do with Hoffa's disappearance. Hoffa's disappearance had nothing to do with him in any way, he says.

If true, then how could he have any firsthand knowledge that would serve to resolve the questions surrounding Hoffa's whereabouts? Is he trying to peddle some second-hand hearsay to a gullible audience, while he still has a chance to cash in on it, perhaps?
20 posted on 01/14/2013 11:12:01 AM PST by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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To: Zakeet

Does Geraldo know about this?


21 posted on 01/14/2013 11:30:01 AM PST by Bigg Red (Sorry, Mr. Franklin, I guess we couldn't keep it.)
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To: Milton Miteybad
says Hoffa is buried in a shallow grave about 20 miles north of the restaurant where he was last seen, in a field in northern Oakland County, Michigan.

If true, about an hour after this guy opened his mouth, Hoffa was dug up and buried a long way from there.

22 posted on 01/14/2013 11:45:49 AM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: Milton Miteybad

If its this Tony Zirelli, seems like he might be fibbing about his mob ties.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Joseph_Zerilli


23 posted on 01/14/2013 11:55:10 AM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: bgill

I grew up on Kensington Rd. in Milford, just south of the GM proving grounds.

We always heard he was put in the ground around there, I always kind of hoped he was.


24 posted on 01/14/2013 11:56:56 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: bgill

Reminds me of that scene in “Goodfellows” where they have to go upstate to take care of that “thing”.

The “thing” was the made man that they killed in the bar and then buried upstate. They had to go move him after he had been in the ground for six months because they were going to build on that property and the heat was on.

I love that movie.


25 posted on 01/14/2013 11:59:15 AM PST by woodbutcher1963
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To: cripplecreek
There were still plenty of the purple gang members in Grand Rapids in the 60’s. BTW, Hoffa is in a landfill in Illinois.
26 posted on 01/14/2013 12:24:50 PM PST by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Zakeet

So his body isn’t encased in a concrete pillar holding up some New York Sports Stadium? Oh well. My theory is the mob put out 50 stories to see who talked - then killed the talkers. It’s a charming bunch...


27 posted on 01/14/2013 12:30:44 PM PST by GOPJ (Obama GAVE guns to Mexican drug lords...Now he wants to TAKE our guns? It's wrong.)
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To: pgkdan

Exactly my feelings! Who cares!


28 posted on 01/14/2013 12:31:47 PM PST by Ditter
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To: Zakeet
it should never have happened to Jim Hoffa. He didn’t deserve what happened to him.

Um, well, uh . . .

29 posted on 01/14/2013 12:33:35 PM PST by Hardastarboard (The Liberal ruling class hates me. The feeling is mutual.)
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To: Zakeet

30 posted on 01/14/2013 12:52:59 PM PST by LaybackLenny (Bibi Netanyahu: de facto "Leader of the Free World)
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To: Zakeet

one group of thugs erased the leader of another group of thugs. why sweat this for so long? you live and act like a thug, you probably will die like a thug.


31 posted on 01/14/2013 12:58:32 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: V_TWIN
Without remains verified by DNA this is just another geraldo Al Capone’s vaults.

I think Tony has more credibility than Geraldo..........

32 posted on 01/14/2013 1:31:52 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon or just throw her from the train......)
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To: Zakeet

Omerta.


33 posted on 01/14/2013 1:37:43 PM PST by Rappini (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: Milton Miteybad
If true, then how could he have any firsthand knowledge that would serve to resolve the questions surrounding Hoffa's whereabouts? Is he trying to peddle some second-hand hearsay to a gullible audience

Quite likely but who cares? Zerilli was in prison when Hoffa disappeared and any info he may have received as to how he died or where he was buried was second hand.

With that being said, 38 years ago, that field that Hoffa was allegedly buried in that is 20 miles north of the then Machus Red Fox on Telegraph is likely either a half million dollar per house subdivision or a shopping mall.......

34 posted on 01/14/2013 1:45:27 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon or just throw her from the train......)
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To: Zakeet

Thailand?


35 posted on 01/14/2013 3:53:50 PM PST by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: pgkdan

Someone should call this mealy mouth SOB to make good on his BS claim.


36 posted on 01/14/2013 4:25:14 PM PST by dearolddad
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Hoffa was a.k.a. D.B. Cooper...

Thanks Zakeet.

Some of Hoffa’s last known words were, “I’m going to meet Tony Pro.”

http://www.nytimes.com/1988/12/13/obituaries/anthony-provanzano-71-ex-teamster-chief-dies.html

more wild goose chases:

http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/26/us/michigan-jimmy-hoffa-search/index.html

His asshole namesake:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_P._Hoffa

[snip] Under his leadership, the Teamsters ended a federal program that allowed Mexican truckers to haul goods beyond the border zone in the United States. The Teamsters strongly opposed a trade deal with Colombia through lobbying and street protests, and were credited with helping to prevent a similar trade deal with Panama. The Teamsters successfully encouraged Congress to pass legislation increasing rail security in 2007... Under his leadership, the Teamsters ended a federal program in 2009 that allowed Mexican truckers to haul goods beyond the border zone in the United States. Hoffa predicted the failure of a second version of the program in October 2011, and challenged it in federal court. [/snip]


37 posted on 01/15/2013 7:36:20 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: carriage_hill; Ditter; Secret Agent Man

well put.


38 posted on 01/15/2013 7:42:06 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Obadiah

I think we all know that answer.


39 posted on 01/15/2013 7:45:37 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: pgkdan; muir_redwoods; Mich Patriot

/bingo


40 posted on 01/15/2013 7:45:48 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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