There are many conspiracy theories concerning the murder of Jimmy Hoffa (Sr.), the former Teamsters president. It appears that the murder was indirectly connected to President Nixon's pardon of Hoffa. The deal was apparently supposed to be that Hoffa would stay out of union politics. That allowed the acting president of the Teamsters, Frank Fitzsimmons, to become the actual president. The Teamsters under Fitzsimmons cooperated with the Nixon administration, notably in remaining on the Pay Board when other unions walked out in 1972. (The Pay Board was the wage control agency under Phase II of the Nixon wage-price controls program.) Supposedly, when Hoffa did not refrain from union politics, organized crime elements had him murdered to protect the Fitzsimmons regime. The Hollywood version of the murder of Hoffa departs from the suspected version of what took place. In the film version, someone posing as a truck driver kills Hoffa and an associate in a restaurant parking lot and then the two bodies and the car in which Hoffa was seated are removed. But in fact the car in which Hoffa was thought to be killed or abducted did not disappear.
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