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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 Investigates Shooting Death of Chechen Man in Florida, Bureau Rarely Finds Agents at Fault

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI said it’s vigorously investigating whether an agent was justified in shooting to death a Chechen man in Orlando, Fla., over his ties with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

The New York Times reports that the FBI investigated 150 shootings by agents between 1993 and 2011 and each time the agent was deemed justified.

“The F.B.I. takes very seriously any shooting incidents involving our agents, and as such we have an effective, time-tested process for addressing them internally,” a bureau spokesman told The Times.

Many questions still surround the death of Ibragim Todashev, who was shot while being questioned about the Boston bombing brothers.

Samuel Walker, a criminal justice professor at the University of Nebraska, said the FBI’s conclusions on agent-related shootings are “suspiciously low.”

Alleged Child Molester Arrested One Day After Appearing on “Most Wanted” List

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former college professor accused of molesting children is in custody just one day after the FBI placed him on its most wanted list, CNN reports.

Walter Lee Williams, who is wanted for alleged sexual exploitation of children, was arrested in Mexico on Tuesday.

Williams was the 500th suspect to be placed on the most wanted fugitives list.

His face appeared in Mexican newspapers, leading to his arrest, CNN reported.

‘Whitey’ Bulger Accomplice And Hit Man Describes Murders in Alarming Detail at Trial

 

Whitey Bulger/fbi

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

John Martorano, a star witness in the prosecutor’s murder and racketeering case against mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger, described chilling details of killing people, sometimes the wrong ones, The Boston Globe reports.

Martorano, a friend-turned-foe of Bulger’s, implicated the mob boss in six slayings in the 1970s on Wednesday and is expected to reveal more today.

“I went in and shot him . . . in the heart,” said Martorano, recounting how he wore a white meat cutter’s coat and yellow construction hat to ambush one victim in 1973.

It was the first time Martorano, 72, testified against Bulger, 83, who sat nearby in U.S. District Court in Boston.

Bulger is charged with participating in 19 murder in the 1970s and ’80s.

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

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.

To read more click here.

Report: At least 27 Accused Terrorists Prosecuted Under Secret Surveillance Law

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

At least 27 accused terrorists were prosecuted since 2007 using evidence obtained under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, Reuters reports.

The FISA cases vary from murder to an 18-year-old American trying to join an al-Qaeda-linked group in Syria.

As early as today, the U.S. government plans to disclose how many terrorist attacks were foiled under the NSA program, which is another surveillance tool used by feds.

FISA warrants were created in 1978 after congressional hearings revealed the U.S. was illegally spying on its residents, Reuters wrote.

FISA requires approval from a judge.

FBI Adds Accused Child Rapist, Murderer to ‘Ten Most Wanted’ list

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A child rapist and an alleged killer are the most recent additions to the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list, NBC News reports.

They are the 499th and 500th fugitives to be added to a list that has included Osama bin Laden, Ted Bundy, Whitey Bulger and James Early Ray.

“These individuals are a dangerous menace to society,” said Ron Hosko of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division in a news release. “That’s what got criminals on the Top 10 list 63 years ago, and that’s why we put them on the list today.”

The most recent additions were Jose Manuel Garcia Guevara, who is accused of raping and stabbing a 26-year-old woman in front of her child, and Walter Lee Williams, who allegedly molested children.

Star Government Witness Describes Murders He Says He Committed for ‘Whitey’ Bulger

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An aging mobster and star government witness testified Tuesday that his heart was broken after learning that mob boss and friend James “Whitey” Bulger was an FBI informant, CNN reports.

“It broke my heart. It broke all loyalties,” said John Martorano, an alleged hit man who described the people he said he murdered. 

Bulger is accused of killing 19 people during nearly two decades.

Martorano, who lives on Social Security after serving 12 years in prison, testified that he pulled the trigger while Bulger was along to ensure a successful “hit.”