Jimmy Hoffa’s Remains May Have Been Found at Recent “Goodfellas” Bust

Investigators following leads from a recent mobster bust in New York announced at a new conference this morning that they may have discovered the remains of International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) former General President, James “Jimmy” Hoffa, who in 1975 vanished at the age of 62 and widely believed to have been murdered.

At the news conference, U.S. Attorney Ima Wiseman said that the break in the case occurred during the recent mobster bust in New York that yielded eight people said to be part of a New York crime family, which included a 75-year-old man accused of participating in a notorious 1978 airport heist that inspired the movie “Goodfellas”, where $5 million in cash and $1 million in jewelry was stolen from a Lufthansa airlines cargo building at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The FBI arrested Vincent Asante, an alleged leader of the Bonanni organized crime family, who also had ties with James “Jimmy the Gent” Burke, the character played by Rober de Niro in “Goodfellas,” the popular 1990 Martin Scorcese movie adapted from the non-fiction book “Wiseguy.”

A break in the Jimmy Hoffa case came after an FBI investigation of a New York property tied to Asante last summer turned up human remains, which turned out to be drug dealer Paul Kuntz, murdered allegedy by Asante and Burke in 1969.

Wiseman said that a small map was found in a wallet that presumably belonged to Burke, buried with Kuntz in Asante’s basement. The map, which had detailed sketches of what seemed like an area in New York, was drawn on the back of what looked like foil that was used to line cigarette packs. Further investigation revealed that the map described an area around Madison Square Garden, and an “X” marked a spot just under center stage of Radio City Music Hall. Hand written next to the “X” was notation bearing the letters “JRH”.

“At that point, it did not take long for our investigators to put two and two together, and figured the initials stood for James Riddle Hoffa,” Wiseman said during the conference.

Excavation crews were immediately called into the area to demolish Radio City Music Hall’s main stage. It took sixteen hours to finally break through 4 feet of poured concrete slab and to what investigators describe as the ‘most exciting event’ in their lives.

A wooden chest, measuring approximately 4x2x2 ft was pulled from the excavation. In it were several issues of Playboy magazine, a huge jawbreaker candy, a slinky, a pogo stick, an unopened pack of silly putty and a skeleton of what looked like a human hand giving ‘the finger’.

The remains have been sent to the New York Coroner’s office for DNA testing.