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Ex-Mob Prosecutor on Hoffa Dig: ‘That’s the Last One We’ll Ever See’

Ex-Prosecutor Keith Corbett

 
By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT –– So maybe we’ve seen the last Jimmy Hoffa dig for a long long time. Perhaps ever.

On Wednesday, two days after it began, the FBI stopped rooting around for a skeleton in Oakland Township

Former mob federal prosecutor Keith Corbett said he doesn’t expect to see another Hoffa dig in his lifetime, particularly since the feds are unlikely to ever have another ex-mobster of Anthony (Tony Z) Zerilli’s stature come forward again.

“I think that’s the last one,’ he said. “It’s embarrassing for the bureau.”

Over the years, authorities have dug up dirt and concrete looking for Hoffa, missing for 38 years. Each search came up empty.

The latest dig came as a result of a tip from Zerilli, who headed the Detroit mob for a short time and was eventually demoted to capo (captain). He’s sometimes referred to as an underboss.

Zerilli was in prison at the time of Hoffa’s 1975 disappearance in Bloomfield Township. His father headed the Detroit Mafia back then.

Now frail, and sometimes appearing less than sharp, he claimed months ago that Hoffa was whacked with a shovel and buried alive in a shallow grave in a barn on a property at Buell and Adams Road in Oakland Township. The property was once owned by high-ranking mobster Jack Tocco.

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Surprise Surprise: FBI Comes Up Empty Handed in Search For Jimmy Hoffa in Suburban Detroit

James R. Hoffa

By Alan Stamm
Deadline Detroit

The show in Oakland Township is over, the FBI says.

Candice Williams and Mike Martindale report details for The Detroit News:

After stretching into a third day, the search for the body of missing Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa ended Wednesday morning in a rural field in northern Oakland County.

FBI investigators said no evidence of the body was found.

Excavations began Monday near the intersection of Buell and Adams roads on a property owned by former mob boss Jack Tocco. The digging, predictably, drew national media coverage.

The feds acted on a tip from Anthony (“Tony Z”) Zerilli, 85, a former high-ranking member of the Detroit-area mob known as La Cosa Nostra.

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As FBI Digs For Hoffa, Ex-Mobster Zerilli Tries To Sell Autographed Photos

Update: Tuesday, 4 p.m. — Mike Martindale and Candice Williams of the Detroit News report that investigators are shifting focus of the search on a different spot on the site in Oakland Township at Adams and Buell roads after a cadaver dog hit on the location. The News reports the spot isn’t part of a concrete slab authorities unearthed at the site. Ex-mobster Tony Zerilli claims Hoffa was buried under a concrete slab. The News also reported  Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard confirmed the dog’s interest in a new spot, but wasn’t convinced he had a conclusive hit.
Tuesday, 7 p.m. —  The FBI has quit for the day. WDIV’s Kevin Dietz reports that the feds thought they’d find something on the first day. Today was the second day. Skepticism is rising.  The cadaver dog ended up focusing on something that appeared not to be human remains.
 
By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — As FBI agents continue searching today for Jimmy Hoffa’s body in Oakland Township, north of Detroit, you can’t help but wonder how ex-mobster Anthony (Tony Z) Zerilli is profiting.

You see, Zerilli, who briefly headed the Detroit mob before being knocked down to a capo (captain) , told the FBI Hoffa is buried in Oakland Township on a property once owned mob boss Jack Tocco. That prompted the FBI to go digging.

Zerilli, who was in prison at the time of Hoffa’s disappearance in 1975, has made no secret of the fact that he wants to profit from a book on Hoffa. He’s got a website where he’s selling a 21-page manuscript on the Hoffa disappearance for $4.99 online and $7.99 if you want it mailed. There’s talk of him eventually writing a book. In his manuscript, he writes that Hoffa was bound and gagged, hit with a shovel and buried alive in a barn on the property.

At 85, he’s not exactly a rock star. But that hasn’t stopped him from trying to sell signed photos.

He writes on his website:

Due to the overwhelming request for his personally autographed photos, Mr. Zerilli is offering the following 8.5″ x 11″ professional color photos for purchase, with the option for a personally signed photo.

He’s selling the photo, which will be mailed, for $9.99. If you want an autograph, that costs $22.99. If you care for a personal message, well that’s another $12. That’s an offer you can’t refuse.

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WDIV: ‘Almost A Certainty’ FBI Will Dig Up Land In Search For Jimmy Hoffa

James R. Hoffa

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit 

DETROIT — WDIV’s Kevin Dietz reports that it’s “almost a certainty” that the FBI will dig up land in Oakland Township, north of Detroit,  where an ex-mobster claims Jimmy Hoffa’s body is buried.

“Half the office wants to go today, the other half wants to wait a few weeks for better weather,” Dietz reports. “No one is saying digging would be a waste of time.”

The ex-mobster Anthony Joseph Zerilli has told the feds, who have interviewed him on several occasions, that the late mobster Tony Giacalone told him that the body was buried on the land that was once owned by ex-Detroit mob boss Jack Tocco, WDIV reports.

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