Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Hoffa search leads to broadcast center
MILFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- It's been more than 30 years since Jimmy Hoffa's disappearance but the FBI isn't giving up on finding his remains. The search made headlines again when a tip from an ailing prison inmate directed the bureau to a horse farm in Michigan. Agents, archaeologists, anthropologists, cadaver dogs and a shovel dug up the grounds to look for the vanished labor leader's remains (see photo of men looking in the ground for the vanished leader's remains). And sources now reveal the farm is the first of two sites they will investigate.
The second site, according to another ailing inmate, is the ground behind the studios where popular webcast/podcast Cotolo Chronicles originates. That land, nestled at the foot of the Blue Mountains range in southcentral Pennsylvania where Cotolo houses his recording and broadcast studio, could soon become a media hub surrounding the search for Hoffa's remains.
An FBI source says that Dwiddles McGuire, an ailing prisoner, claims that a former owner of the Cotolo property told him that the mulberries on the grounds flourished since 1975, the same year Hoffa disappeared, because "a dead gangster is buried there." A botonist hired by the FBI says that the bodies of mob-related figures tends to "produce fertile ground that assists in productive crops."
Cotolo told the press, "Locating Hoffa's remains would put my mind at ease. It would certainly bring closure to millions of Teamsters and retired union guys who wonder what happened to their leader."
Hoffa is still a champion in the minds of many working people. "He got the national master freight agreement, raised wages and was played by Jack Nicholson in the movies," said an old-time Teamster. "That's pull."
"What happened? How did he expire? Where is he at, where are his remains?" says another Teamster. "We all need to know. And finding his body or any of its parts will help us answer these timeless questions."