aiCIO Editor-in-Chief Kip McDaniel likes researching articles. A corollary to this: finding historical documents that may or may not be useful to upcoming magazine articles, but nonetheless intrigue. Old newspaper articles announcing financial mayhem? He’ll take it. Bernie Madoff whistleblower documents? Juicy. Anything to do with financial scandal? Spot on. Feel free to send submissions to email@example.com, and Kip will feel free to ignore them at will. Harsh, but fair.
12/17/2012 8:30 AM
Was Jimmy Hoffa Murdered Over a Pension Fund? Maybe.
Totally unimportant-but-interesting maybe-fact of the day:
Jimmy Hoffa may have been murdered over union pension control.
The internet is at its best (worst?) when it allows people
(me) to wander off on seemingly infinite tangents of questionable veracity.
Now, I have absolutely no idea how I came across the “fact”
(fact being an extremely loose term in the Age of Wikipedia) that Jimmy Hoffa
was maybe killed over a union pension fund. But I did. And I now relay it to
you. You’re welcome.
Long-story-made-short, courtesy multiple questionable and
obviously biased websites: Teamster leader Hoffa went to jail in 1967 for jury
tampering. President Nixon pardoned him in 1971, maybe in return for union
endorsements. Maybe Hoffa made a deal with the Justice Department to inform on then-current
Teamster leaders. Maybe he didn’t. I don’t know. He was last seen in 1975
(outside the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Detroit, incidentally). According to
at least one FBI memo (the 1976 “Hoffex Memo”), he was (maybe) killed because
he was deemed a threat to organized crime’s control of the Teamster pension
So there you go. Jimmy Hoffa maybe met his end because of
Are you any smarter now than you were five minutes ago? No, you
are not. But hey, you’ll have a good anecdote at your next CIEBA or NACUBO
Ahhhh the internet.