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Alleged Mobster: Jimmy Hoffa Is Buried Here

Former Cosa Nostra No. 2 Tony Zerilli breaks his silence
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2013 3:30 PM CST
Alleged Mobster: Jimmy Hoffa Is Buried Here
Tony Zerilli shows a reporter with NBC 4 New York the field where he believes Hoffa is buried.   (NBC 4)

(Newser) – Jimmy Hoffa's body might be found at long last. A man the FBI believes was once the second in command of the Detroit Cosa Nostra has broken his silence about Hoffa's disappearance, showing NBC 4 New York a field that he claims is the Teamster boss's final resting place. "If I had a thousand dollars, I'd bet you a thousand dollars he's buried here," Tony Zerilli says. The field is in suburban Detroit, just 20 miles from the restaurant where Hoffa was last seen.

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Zerilli, now 85, was in prison when Hoffa died. "If I wasn't away, I don't think it would have ever happened," he said. He says he's speaking up to give Hoffa's family closure, and because "he was a friend of mine, and people connect me to his disappearance." It also probably doesn't hurt that Zerilli is, in his words, "dead broke"; he's hoping to cash in with a book and a website, hoffafound.com. Still, a former US Attorney says Zerilli represents perhaps the most promising lead ever in the case. (Read more Tony Zerilli stories.)

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