Same Old Story in Hoffa Search

Need to do some large-scale digging in your yard but not willing to pay the cost? Willing to lose a little privacy for a short time in exchange for the thrill of being a part of history? Just call the feds and tell them that Jimmy Hoffa is buried in your backyard. Bingo, presto, the g-men will be all over your land, digging and searching, and when they come up empty your hole will be dug and your neighbors will be impressed. No need to thank me for the great idea. It's all part of the added value you get when you regularly read this blog.

The latest Hoffa search boomlet was supposed to be different from all the rest. It was supposed to be the best lead the police had tracked in years. Finally, a lot of serious people thought, the former Teamster leader's body would be found and with it one of the great murder mysteries of our time would be closer to being solved. Oh, how wrong that all was. Today, we learned that the feds have called off their search for Hoffa's body at a horse farm near Detroit.

And so another bizarre chapter in the story of Hoffa's disappearance looks to have been written. And the folks at the Meadowlands who like the idea that Hoffa is buried in the end zone at Giants' stadium can stand down until the next government informant offers the next bad clue leading to the next high-profile speculation-fest about where Hoffa is and why he got there. When you think about it, the search for Hoffa at this stage is not unlike the saga of Susan Lucci, the daytime actress most famous for losing 18 years in a row at the Daytime Emmys before finally taking the prize. There easily are more people alive today who know Hoffa only as the target of futile searches than know him as the ruthless union boss in the 1950s and 1960s.

Which is why you've got to respect the position that a federal lawmaker is taking about the cost and effort involved in searching for someone who has been gone for an entire generation. Rep. Joe Knollenberg (R-Mich.) wants to know why the federal government is spending its time and money looking for Hoffa instead of, say, protecting us better from terrorism or other crimes that actually may impact lives. Hey, no one wants the feds to find Hoffa's body more than me-- remember, I was on the bandwagon a few weeks ago hoping for a Hoffa trial just for history's sake-- but given the choice I would rather have the folks who were digging up that horse farm fighting crime instead.

By  |  May 30, 2006; 2:00 PM ET
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One can only hope they had some credible evidence before they started digging up that farm.

Posted by: Cujo359 | May 30, 2006 02:49 PM

Frankly, the Hoffa dig is a total waste of time and money. We know what happened to him and his body will never be found.

Posted by: Mark | June 1, 2006 02:44 AM

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