Tag Archives: Sicilian Mafia

this day in the yesteryear: Jimmy Hoffa Disappears from a Detroit Parking Lot (1975)


Jimmy Hoffa Disappears from a Detroit Parking Lot (1975)

Hoffa, president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, was an influential US labor leader with alleged ties to the Mafia. He led with brawn and charisma and made toughness his policy—whether dealing with management or with rival unions. In 1964, he was convicted of jury tampering and fraud and sentenced to 13 years in jail, but President Richard Nixon commuted his sentence in 1971. Hoffa’s unexplained disappearance in 1975 prompted decades of speculation. What evidence surfaced in 2001? More… Discuss

THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: MAFIA BOSS SALVATORE RIINA APPREHENDED AFTER 23 YEARS IN HIDING (1993)


 

 

 

Mafia boss Totò Riina behind bars in court aft...

Mafia boss Totò Riina behind bars in court after his arrest in 1993 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Mafia Boss Salvatore Riina Apprehended after 23 Years in Hiding (1993)

 

Riina started out as a mafia hit man and ascended the ranks, becoming a feared leader of the Sicilian Mafia. When control of the heroin trade in Sicily led to fierce rivalry among the Mafia clans, Riina—known as “The Beast”—orchestrated the murders of high-profile public officials while living in hiding for 23 years. His tactics were unusual—mafia bosses tended to be highly visible in their communities while keeping their violent activities under the radar. How did the police finally find him? More… Discuss

 

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