There are a lot of good reasons a Jimmy Hoffa book author might want a tipster to come forward in the missing man's case, and for police to search a Roseville, Michigan home for the missing teamster's body.
And it all adds up to free publicity and book sales of The Hoffa Wars.
CNN is reporting that the book author said he spoke to the tipster as early as March of this year. And while he claims to not believe what the Hoffa tipster told him, but he referred the former gambler to the FBI anyway.
Why bother then?
Skeptics of the possibility that the missing union leader is buried less than an hour's drive from where he went missing in 1975 appears to include the FBI. And News4Jax says it appears to include the Roseville Police as well.
The Roseville Police, who took the bait and began digging on Friday, are now awaiting the soil sample test results of that dig. On Monday they are expected to learn if the distrubed soil beneath a shed in a suburban residence holds human remains at all, much less those of Jimmy Hoffa.
CNN reported on Monday that the two soil samples taken from the home are now at Michigan State University, where testing is being completed. If the testing shows no human remains at all are likely in the ground, then some will wonder if Moldea encouraged an investigation he knew he shouldn't have Â—just to sell his book.
If remains, even those of someone else, are found to exist, however, he will be hailed as a hero for not discounting the possibility that even someone who appears to not know what they are talking about might actually know a thing or two.
And some family, whether it is Jimmy's family or not, will be the better for it, as they will finally have some measure of closure about a missing loved one. And isn't that worth the trouble of digging up a backyard in suburbia USA?
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