Saturday, June 20, 2009

FBI unwilling to look for the "painted house?"

You've probably heard that NY is getting a nice, new football stadium and that Giants' Stadium is going to be torn down.

So that presents a unique opportunity for the FBI: if they wanted to, they could finally snoop around the stadium and see if they can find Jimmy Hoffa. Unfortunately, it looks like the FBI has no interest working to prove or disprove that popular theory of the missing union leader's resting place.

The FBI officially punted that idea back in 1989.

"Never say never, but it is a remote possibility he is buried there,"
said Special Agent Hal Helterhoff then, after the investigation failed to find
"any substantiation."

The teardown changes nothing, said Special Agent Bryan Travers

"If there was some credible information, we wouldn't wait until the
stadium was being demolished," he said. "We would go in there and aggressively
look for it ...

"We would never wait this long. ... We would have no problem digging a
giant hole at the 50-yard line if we thought there was reason to act," he

"No, there are no plans," said Alice McGillion, spokeswoman for the New
Meadowlands Stadium Corp., the company formed to build the privately financed
new home of the Giants and the New York Jets, and tear down the old one.

I find it hard to believe Geraldo hasn't talked his bosses at Fox into letting him go digging around.

Then again, maybe it's just that the FBI believes Frank "the Irishman" Sheeran's accounts of what happened to the union leader. Sheeran was a union leader from Delaware and Philadelphia. But apparently his main job was "painting houses" (aka whacking people for the mob). He also specialized in "carpentry" (disposing of bodies.) Sheeran confessed to being involved in Hoffa's disappearance. More than being "involved," Sheeran confessed to pulling the trigger in the 2004 book on his life authored by former chief deputy Delaware AG, Charles Brandt: "I Heard You Paint Houses." Sheeran claimed to have been given the job by mob boss Russell Bufalino. The theory is that Hoffa, pissed because they wouldn't let him have control of the unions back, was going to rat about the mobs entanglement with the Teamsters pension funds.

How true is Sheeran's claim? According to a blurb on the book:

"Sheeran's confession that he killed Hoffa in the manner described in the book
is supported by the forensic evidence, is entirely credible and solves the Hoffa
mystery."- Michael Baden, M.D., former Chief Medical Examiner of the City of
New York

I mean, damn...if Dr. Baden says it's so, who am I to argue? I read the book back when it came out and I'm not sure what forensic evidence Baden is alluding to. I think maybe there was a hair found in a car that was used, but that doesn't prove anything other than Hoffa may have at one time been in the car. In 2004, investigators tested blood-stained boards from the home where Sheeran alleged the hit took place and the blood was not Hoffa's.

Then again, "The Iceman" Richard Kuklinski, also is alleged to have claimed involvement in Hoffa's disappearance. (And if you've never watched the HBO documentaries where Dr. Park Dietz interviews the Iceman, you should. He was one cold bastard).

Hey...the good news is that "The Irishman's" story may be coming to the big screen with none other than the powerhouse Scorsese-DeNiro duo directing/acting respectively. Hey...fuggitaboutit.

1 comment:

Mike Reino said...

Didn't we go through all this with Danny DeVito, Jack Nicholson, and that horrendous nosepiece ??