It's been almost 40 years since Teamsters head Jimmy Hoffa headed out for dinner with two unknown men at the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Hills, a suburb of Detroit.
And, after that July night in 1975, he was never heard from again.
Hoffa was declared dead in 1982. But the question of where to find his remains has taken on a life of its own. Is he part of the cement foundation of the Giants' stadium? Entombed beneath Detroit's Renaissance Center? Swimming with the fishes? Two recent FBI-led investigations included this summer's dig of a driveway in Roseville and a million-dollar hunting expedition of a farm in Milford in 2006. Neither produced any evidence.
Zerilli, 85, allegedly has ties to one of Detroit's oldest and most secretive Mafia families. In a CBS report, he is described as the son of legendary Detroit godfather Joe Zerilli. According to CBS, he was being groomed to take over the family organization before being demoted after his imprisonment in 1973 for shady bookkeeping in a Las Vegas hotel and casino.
“He actually had risen up at one point to the underboss – or second in command,” Andy Arena, former FBI head for New York and Detroit, told CBS.
Zerilli's story is a bit dicey. He claims he was never a member of the Mob, and had no part in Hoffa's disappearance -- he was incarcerated when the alleged murder took place. That hasn't stopped the Feds from believing his position in Detroit's underworld would have allowed him access to the real story. He also might be hoping to score a payday. NBC News reports that Zerilli is destitute, but is currently writing a book and hopes he can cash in if Hoffa's body is discovered.
"I’d like to just prove to everybody that I’m not crazy," Zerilli told NBC. "And it means a lot to me. What happened, happened while I was in jail. And I feel very, very bad about it and it should never have happened to Jim Hoffa. He didn’t deserve what happened to him."
So, what did happen to him?
For one, Zerilli claims, the meat grinder story is "baloney."
He said that Hoffa's final resting place isn't far from where he was last seen -- in a field located in northern Oakland County, Mich., about 20 miles north of the Machus Red Fox restaurant.
According to Zerilli, Hoffa was buried in a shallow grave, and that plans to move his remains to another location were abandoned after the fact.
Reporter Kevin Dietz of WDIV said the station will disclose where Zerilli said the body is buried during a newscast scheduled for Monday.
Jimmy Hoffa Rumors
In this Sept. 30, 1957, photo Jimmy Hoffa, Teamsters vice president and leading candidate to succeed Dave Beck as the IBT's new president, waves to delegates at the opening of the Teamsters Union convention at Miami Beach, Fla. Hoffa's mysterious disappearance in 1975, assumed death and myriad searches for his body have been the stuff of urban legends for more than three decades. (AP Photo/File)
In this Aug. 1, 1975 file photo Bloomfield Township Police Chief Robert Snell fields questions from reporters about the mysterious disappearance of former Teamster president Jimmy Hoffa. Hoffa was reported missing on July 31, 1975, after meeting with reputed Detroit mob enforcer Anthony "Tony Jack" Giacalone and alleged New Jersey mob figure Anthony "Tony Pro" Provenzano at a restaurant in Bloomfield Township, Mich. (AP File Photo)
In this Dec. 5, 1975, file photo, a man walks over a rubble field in Jersey City, N.J., one of the locations where authorities searched for the body of missing former Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa. (AP Photo, File)
Josephine Hoffa, Barbara Crancer
In this Aug. 14, 1975, file photo Josephine Hoffa, right, wife of ex-Teamster president Jimmy Hoffa, and her daughter Barbara Crancer walk behind the family home in Lake Orion, Mich. Crancer, seeking information on her father, filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the FBI in 1989 demanding the agency's reports on her father's disappearance. (AP Photo, File)
Hoffa's Friend Chuckie
FILE - In this May 26, 2006, file photo, long-time Jimmy Hoffa friend, Charles "Chuckie" O'Brien, holds a photo of Hoffa and his wife Josephine, in Boca Raton, Fla.. (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter, File)
2003: Under A Pool?
FILE - In this July 16, 2003, file photo, authorities search under a backyard pool in Hampton Township, Mich., for evidence linked to the disappearance of ex-teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
Hampton, Mich. Pool Search
FILE - In this July 16, 2003, file photo, Oakland County sheriff investigators search near a backyard pool in Hampton Township, Mich., for evidence linked to the disappearance of ex-teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
2004: Murdered At Detroit House?
Before his death, Jimmy Hoffa's friend Frank Sheeran said he accompanied Hoffa to a house in northwest Detroit for a mob meet. In his book about Sheeran, Charles Brandt says the man <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120927/NEWS05/309270107/jimmy-hoffa-search">shooting Hoffa in the head</a>.
2006: Under A Horse Farm?
FILE - In this May 24, 2006, file photo, workers, including Federal Bureau of Investigation evidence response team members, probe the ground near a demolished barn at a horse farm in Milford Township, Mich., where FBI agents investigating Jimmy Hoffa's 1975 disappearance were working for an eighth day. Hoffas mysterious disappearance, assumed death and myriad searches for his body have been the stuff of urban legends for more than three decades. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
FBI Searches Farm
FILE - In this May 25, 2006, file photo, excavation crews dig up the site of a horse barn that was demolished as part of the FBI's search for the remains of Jimmy Hoffa in Milford Township, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
2009: Cremated At Detroit Cemetary?
Police officer and crime novelist Jeffrey Hansen has his own theory -- Hoffa was killed at the home in northwest Detroit, then <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2009/09/local_cop_says_jimmy_hoffa_was.html">driven to a local cemetery and cremated</a>.
2010: Under Giants Stadium?
FILE - This Feb. 4, 2010, file photo, workers watch as a machine begins the demolition of Giants Stadium, in East Rutherford, N.J. Self-described hit man Donald "Tony the Greek" Frankos claims ex-Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa was buried under Giants Stadium, but the FBI found no evidence to support the claim.(AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)
Buried Under Giants Stadium?
This March 22, 2009 file aerial photo shows Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Self-described hit man Donald "Tony the Greek" Frankos claims ex-Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa was buried under Giants Stadium, but the FBI found no evidence to support the claim. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
2011: Buried Under The Renaissance Center?
<a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2011/12/former_chauffeur_jimmy_hoffa_b.html">One recent rumor</a> puts Hoffa under the General Motors Company World Headquarters and Renaissance Center complex, seen August 17, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images
2012: Buried Under Roseville Driveway?
People photograph the driveway in Roseville, Mich., Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/27/jimmy-hoffa-roseville-tip-police_n_1919943.html">where police plan to take soil samples Friday</a> after a tipster said it could be the final resting place of missing Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa. Roseville Police Chief James Berlin says a man claims to have seen a body buried there approximately 35 years ago. Berlin says the man believes it could be Hoffa. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Plenty of others <a href="http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/notorious_murders/famous/jimmy_hoffa/5.html">claim to know the answer to Hoffa's disappearance</a>, whether he was dumped in a Florida swamp, crushed in a Hamtramck car compactor, dumped in the Au Sable River, or destroyed in a fat-rendering plant or many other rumored "possibilities."
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