Jimmy Hoffa FBI Files

Accession Number: 
LP001822
Extent: 
7 linear feet (7 SB)
Date: 
1964-2002, bulk 1975-1992

Jimmy Hoffa (1913-1982) was born in Brazil, Indiana. He was heavily involved with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters between the years 1932-1971, first as an organizer and then serving as the union’s general president from 1958-1971. He played a major role in the development of the union, securing the first national agreement for teamsters’ rates in 1964. In 1964, Hoffa was convicted of jury tampering, attempted bribery, and fraud. Hoffa was imprisoned in 1967, but released in 1971 in accordance with a pardon from President Nixon, which blocked him from participating in the union until 1980. After attempting to run for the union presidency again, Hoffa disappeared from the front of the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Township, MI in 1975 and was declared dead in absentia in 1982. As of 2013, his body had not yet been found.

The Jimmy Hoffa FBI Files contain FOIA request copies of FBI files related to the case of Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance. These files were acquired by the Detroit Free Press in response to the settlement and order in the matter of Detroit Free Press v. Department of Justice. The Free Press received pages from a prosecutive report dated May 13, 2002, and its attachments prepared by the FBI Detroit Field Office, as well as thousands of pages from the FBI Headquarters file 9-60052, relating to the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa. The Free Press also received pages from files of the Department of Justice and other related FBI case files. Included in the collection are copies of reports that have not been redacted, given to Barbara Crancer by Mike Betzold, who found them in a discarded school locker and wrote about them in the Sunday Journal.

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