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Searching For Hoffa: Investigators Find Suspicious Concrete Slab
http://detroit.cbslocal.com ^ | June 18, 2013 6:34 AM | Staff

Posted on 06/18/2013 10:17:57 AM PDT by Red Badger

OAKLAND TWP. (WWJ) - Federal agents searching for the body of former Teamsters chief Jimmy Hoffa believe they are about to crack one of America’s biggest unsolved mysteries.

CBS News has confirmed a suspicious concrete slab was retrieved by investigators from the Oakland Township field where they have been digging for any sign of Hoffa. It’s too soon, however, to know whether the slab is anything more than part of an old foundation for a barn.

The dig — the latest in what’s been nearly a 40-year search — is reportedly the result of extensive FBI interviews with former mobster Tony Zerilli.

Zerilli, now 85, was convicted of organized crime as a reputed mafia captain. He was in prison on July, 30 1975 — when Hoffa disappeared from a Bloomfield Township restaurant — but says he was informed about Hoffa’s whereabouts after his release.

Zerilli, who was second in command with the Detroit mafia, said he was told by a mafia enforcer that Hoffa was abducted, killed, and brought to the Buhl Road site. The original plan, according to the mobster, was to bury Hoffa there temporarily, then later move his body near a hunting lodge in northern Michigan.

Instead of focusing their attention Up North, investigators on Monday zeroed in on the property in northern Oakland County — which was once owned by Betty Speezie’s aunt.

“It’s all gone now, but there was a house, a milk house, a barn and a garage,” Speezie told WWJ’s Kathryn Larson.

“It was pretty dilapidated looking, it wasn’t well cared for,” said Ruth Lowe, Speezie’s neighbor.

Both women say they’re stunned by Hoffa once again making all the headlines. Lowe said she never thought the search would take place in her neighborhood.

“I never gave it a thought, no. It’s hard to believe it, that he might be there,” she said.

But Speezie said she believes the hype, and for good reason – her aunt sold the property to the Tocco’s, another mobster family.

“After my aunt sold it then, she didn’t know anything about the mob, I mean, they were just people who had the money, it was for sale, and she sold it to them,” she said.

And there’s one place in particular Speezie thinks investigators should focus on.

“The barn. They could have gone right around to the back, backed right up there and it was dirt, inside the barn, it was dirt on this side,” she said. “Nobody would have known a thing, it would be very secretive.”

The search, which is expected to last about a week, will resume Tuesday morning.....


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: detroit; fbi; history; hoffa; jimmyhoffa; mafia; michigan; mob; obama; sourcetitlenoturl; teamsters; tonyzerilli; uaw
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1 posted on 06/18/2013 10:17:57 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

Waste O time.


2 posted on 06/18/2013 10:19:31 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Red Badger

Starting to remind me of the Geraldo/Al Capone farce.


3 posted on 06/18/2013 10:19:33 AM PDT by duckman (I'm part of the group pulling the wagon!)
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To: duckman

They write themselves...


4 posted on 06/18/2013 10:20:58 AM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of opression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: Red Badger

political theater?


5 posted on 06/18/2013 10:21:36 AM PDT by schm0e ("we are in the midst of a coup.")
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for the confused readers,
this is Oakland, Michigan
not Oakland, CA


6 posted on 06/18/2013 10:21:38 AM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (we're the Beatniks now)
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To: cripplecreek

I wonder how a concrete slab can look suspicious......


7 posted on 06/18/2013 10:22:29 AM PDT by basil (basil --Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: Red Badger

I would have expected them to fit him with some concrete boots and let him explore the Atlantic sea floor.

When the feds finish, someone should go plant a garden in the freshly tilled soil.


8 posted on 06/18/2013 10:23:30 AM PDT by Tenacious 1 (If the government told us to expect rain, I'd schedule an outdoor wedding.)
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To: duckman

Reminds me of the Bugs Bunny/Yosemite Sam cartoon where Bugs was a ‘Yankee Spy’ and he kept blasting Sam whenever he would look behind a door or inside some object.........


9 posted on 06/18/2013 10:24:20 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: Red Badger
The search, which is expected to last about a week

How is it they can predict the length of time of the search?

10 posted on 06/18/2013 10:26:43 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Red Badger

I wonder just how much money the government has wasted looking for this idiots skeleton for the last forty years??


11 posted on 06/18/2013 10:27:00 AM PDT by apillar
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To: Red Badger

Did I hear that someone said he had been buried alive?


12 posted on 06/18/2013 10:27:30 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Red Badger

It’s embarrassing that FBI agents are wasting time and taxpayer’s money on this bit of nostalgic nonsense. Can’t they find computers to hijack or cellphones to listen in on? Clearly, this is an agency with too much time on their hands.


13 posted on 06/18/2013 10:27:50 AM PDT by pallis
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To: Tenacious 1

He was stuffed into a 55 gallon drum, filled with cement and dropped into the Atlantic Ocean in the Bahamas Trench...


14 posted on 06/18/2013 10:27:53 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: basil
I wonder how a concrete slab can look suspicious......

It has a big nose?

15 posted on 06/18/2013 10:28:01 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Ditter

I don’t think even the Mob would do that................


16 posted on 06/18/2013 10:28:26 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: Red Badger
Suspicious Concrete Slab


17 posted on 06/18/2013 10:29:18 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This space for rent)
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To: pallis

I would rather have them doing this than that................


18 posted on 06/18/2013 10:29:34 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: basil
I wonder how a concrete slab can look suspicious......

Bitterly clinging to a bible and gun I'm sure..

19 posted on 06/18/2013 10:29:53 AM PDT by IamConservative (The soul of my lifes journey is Liberty!)
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To: basil
I wonder how a concrete slab can look suspicious.

It was cracking up and no one had told any jokes...............

20 posted on 06/18/2013 10:30:20 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: Red Badger

I think I heard this on Fox but I am not sure who said it.


21 posted on 06/18/2013 10:30:43 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Izzy Dunne

They know when their funds run out..............


22 posted on 06/18/2013 10:30:55 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: basil

Prevous owner’s family stated that barn had a dirt floor. I would consider a slab of concrete buried under several inches of dirt to be suspicious. A body, encased in concrete, would never liquefy ans ooze to the surface.


23 posted on 06/18/2013 10:31:13 AM PDT by pat1969 (Where is the compromise between right and wrong?)
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To: Red Badger

Calling Jerry-all-doe! Calling Jerry-all-doe!


24 posted on 06/18/2013 10:31:19 AM PDT by Bushbacker1 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: apillar

More than I made in that entire time................


25 posted on 06/18/2013 10:31:24 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: Red Badger
Publicity and overtime. The site is guarded 24/7.

A body?? Bull....they're looking for the money...millions...

26 posted on 06/18/2013 10:31:37 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: apillar

What does, at this point, it matter?


27 posted on 06/18/2013 10:31:44 AM PDT by Paladin2 (;-))
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To: Red Badger

And we have the first silly story of the summer.

‘Tis the season.


28 posted on 06/18/2013 10:32:58 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Ditter

Shemp.....er, Shep?....................


29 posted on 06/18/2013 10:33:03 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: Red Badger
The burial would have been real secretive???....

Sure...just back up a cement truck and listen to the wrrrrrrrrrr.

30 posted on 06/18/2013 10:33:20 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Red Badger
He was stuffed into a 55 gallon drum, filled with cement and dropped into the Atlantic Ocean in the Bahamas Trench...

That was the original plan. But the drum was going to be to heavy to get it out on the dock and into the boat. Besides it would look suspicious. Instead, he was carried to a fishing boat in a commercial sized tackle box.

(Dear Big Brother, NSA, et al: This is only a parody. I did not really have anything to do with Hoffa's death.)

31 posted on 06/18/2013 10:33:54 AM PDT by Tenacious 1 (If the government told us to expect rain, I'd schedule an outdoor wedding.)
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To: Red Badger

Hmm, I thought he was shot in the head and hauled away to a dogfood factory for processing. He is now part of dried dog poo all over the country.


32 posted on 06/18/2013 10:34:03 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Paladin2

What difference, at the point, does it make?


33 posted on 06/18/2013 10:34:11 AM PDT by Paladin2 (;-))
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To: MHGinTN

IIRC, the brand name was ‘Tony’ ...


34 posted on 06/18/2013 10:34:51 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Sacajaweau

No cement truck necessary. If you pour the dry cement from bags into the hole, it will absorb moisture from the ground and harden over time..................


35 posted on 06/18/2013 10:34:58 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: basil
A concrete slab looks suspicious

When it says....

Here lies Hoffa

He gotta bad cougha

Saved us the time of doing him offa.

36 posted on 06/18/2013 10:36:15 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: apillar

The last hunt was $250,000.


37 posted on 06/18/2013 10:36:50 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Red Badger

Maybethe same group can find the GOP’s spine when they’re done with Hoffa.


38 posted on 06/18/2013 10:37:44 AM PDT by SCHROLL
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To: Tenacious 1
"When the feds finish, someone should go plant a garden in the freshly tilled soil."

We think a like. I was thinking how beneficial this would be to reseed my lawn. ;-)

39 posted on 06/18/2013 10:38:10 AM PDT by Average Al ( Our founder fathers never knew we could fail due to a Techtatorship.)
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To: Average Al
We think a like. I was thinking how beneficial this would be to reseed my lawn.

My tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers are growing nicely these days. But I would have loved to have a dozen feds with shovels digging around in my garden about 2 months ago. Next year I'm thinking about giving an anonymous tip about where Hoffa might be buried.

40 posted on 06/18/2013 10:44:37 AM PDT by Tenacious 1 (If the government told us to expect rain, I'd schedule an outdoor wedding.)
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To: Bushbacker1
Calling Jerry-all-doe! Calling Jerry-all-doe!

"At your service!!"


41 posted on 06/18/2013 10:45:37 AM PDT by ScottinVA ( Liberal is to patriotism as Kermit Gosnell is to neonatal care.)
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To: Tenacious 1

“Next year I’m thinking about giving an anonymous tip about where Hoffa might be buried.”

Received this from an old friend today...

An old Italian man lived alone in the country. It was Spring and he wanted to dig his tomato garden, but it was very hard work for the aging man as the ground was hard. His only son, Vincent, who used to help him, was currently in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and described his predicament:

Dear Vincent,
I am feeling pretty bad because it looks like I won’t be able to plant my tomato garden this year. I’m just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. If only you were here my troubles would be over. I know you would dig the plot for me.

Love Dad

A few days later he received a letter from his son:

Dear Dad,
Not for nothing, don’t dig up that garden. That’s where I buried the BODIES.

Love Vinnie

At 4 a.m. the next morning, FBI agents and local police arrived at the old man’s house and dug up the entire area. However, they didn’t find any bodies, so they apologized to the old man and left.

That same day the old man received another letter from his son.

Dear Dad,
Go ahead and plant the tomatoes now. That’s the best I could do under the circumstances.

Love Vinnie


42 posted on 06/18/2013 10:48:30 AM PDT by ScottinVA ( Liberal is to patriotism as Kermit Gosnell is to neonatal care.)
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To: Red Badger

The concrete slab refused to answer any questions and prosecutors intend to use that as an indication of guilt in court.


43 posted on 06/18/2013 10:54:43 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Red Badger

Interesting, The story I heard and liked best was the one where Hoffa had been taken to a house out in the country and because he was in such a rage didn’t notice his surroundings. Once he was inside the hitman popped him and the carpet he was on was merely rolled up and dumped into a Blast furnace that was making steel for cars.


44 posted on 06/18/2013 10:58:54 AM PDT by The Working Man
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To: Ditter

Yes. The old crime underboss Anthony Zerilli, who is the tipster in this recent FBI search stated that he was told Hoffa put up a fight after he was taken to the barn with the grave already dug so he was hit in the back of the head with a shovel and then placed in the grave and covered with concrete. So even knocked out or had his bell rung, you can say he was buried alive. I personally think this Anthony Zerilli is the read deal and will bring this mystery to a closure.


45 posted on 06/18/2013 11:04:18 AM PDT by Cold Case Posse Supporter
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To: campaignPete R-CT

They are still (tomb) RAIDERS


46 posted on 06/18/2013 11:05:40 AM PDT by Foolsgold (Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber)
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To: Red Badger

47 posted on 06/18/2013 11:08:07 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: The Working Man

That’s what they suspect happened to Helen Brach.


48 posted on 06/18/2013 11:12:25 AM PDT by jaydubya2
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To: Red Badger

Rumor back in the day was he got poured with the floor at the Renaissance Center in Detroit.


49 posted on 06/18/2013 11:13:33 AM PDT by hope (Whom the Son sets free is free indeed!)
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To: Tenacious 1

An old Italian lived alone in New Jersey. He wanted to plant his annual tomato garden, but it was very difficult work, as the ground was hard.

His only son, Vincent, who used to help him, was in prison.

The old man wrote a letter to his son and described his predicament:

Dear Vincent,

I am feeling pretty sad, because it looks like I won’t be able to plant my tomato garden this year. I’m just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. I know if you were here my problem would be solved. I know you would be happy to dig the plot for me, like in the old days.

Love, Papa

A few days later he received a letter from his son.

Dear Pop,

Don’t dig up that garden. That’s where Hoffa is buried.

Love, Vinnie

At 4 a.m. the next morning, FBI agents and local police arrived and dug up the entire area without finding any bodies. They apologized to the old man and left.

That same day the old man received another letter from his son.

Dear Pop,

Go ahead and plant the tomatoes now. That’s the best I could do under the circumstances.

Love,

Vinnie


50 posted on 06/18/2013 11:14:19 AM PDT by Unknowing (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.)
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