Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Gangster Ghosts

Gangster: A gangster is a member a gang out to perform illegal activities. They are also called mobsters. Perhaps one of these most infamous gangsters in America was Al Capone. He got to that position by cornering the market in prostitution, bootlegged alcohol and gambling in Chicago during the Prohibition Era.

In the case of Al Capone, he was believed to be haunted by a ghost from the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in 1929, Bob Dole, an Irish rival gang member.  

Jimmy Hoffa perhaps makes one of the most chilling ghosts.  From heading up the teamsters to nefarious mob work with jury tampering, bribing, and fraud. He was pardoned by Nixon and then went missing in 1975, believed to have been killed off.  There have been lots of theories about where his body is:

Buried under a driveway in Detroit. Supposedly, one of the men Hoffa was supposed to meet the day he went missing was mixing concrete for a new driveway at his home.

A horse farm 30 miles away where a backhoe was taken in that day, a reported mafia meeting spot.

Burned in a trash incinerator at a funeral home.

Dismembered and frozen until 5 months later when he was placed in concrete at a New Jersey stadium.

Buried in the concrete in the foundation of the Detroit Renaissance Center.

Dumped into the Great Lakes.

This thorough site reported some of the rumors of Hoffa's demise - 

According to Ralph Picardo, the convict who gave up the main suspects in the case, Hoffa’s body was put in a 55-gallon steel drum and carted away in a  truck. Picardo said he didn’t know where it was taken but one theory had it that the drum was buried on the grounds of Brother Moscato’s garbage dump, a toxic waste site in Jersey City, New Jersey. 

According to another snitch, Hoffa’s body was taken to New Jersey where it was mixed into the concrete that was used to construct the New York Giant’s football stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. He was also said to have been  encased in the foundation of a public works garage in Cadillac, Michigan and buried under the helipad at the Sheraton Savannah Resort Hotel, which at the time of his disappearance was owned by the Teamsters. 

Hoffa was said to have been buried in a gravel pit in Highland, Michigan, which was owned by his brother William; crushed in an automobile compactor at Central Sanitation Services in Hamtramck, Michigan or buried in a field in  Waterford Township, Michigan. 

He was also alleged to have been ground up at a meat processing plant and then dumped in a Florida swamp or disintegrated at a fat-rendering plant. 

The restaurant in which he was last seen has reported some ghostly goings on. Is it Hoffa? Well, the workers in the restaurant might say so.


  1. My uncle always said he was underneath the goal post at Giants Stadium.

  2. I found an interesting post about a haunting tied to Detroit's infamous Purple Gang: http://www.retrokimmer.com/2012/01/kenyons-hideout-detroits-purp0le-gang.html