2 cold cases, 1 possible hero

Well, as this is written, FBI agents have suspended efforts to find Jimmy Hoffa’s body in a field in Oakland, Mich.

Other folks are looking for Amelia Earhart about 1,800 miles from Maui – in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Amelia has been gone since 1937 – Jimmy, just since 1975.

Now, Jimmy is perhaps the hotter of these cold cases. He went to meet some of the wonderful friends who had helped him corrupt the Teamsters Union in the late 1950s and 1960s. But he was relatively fresh from prison in 1975 and – believe it or not – Teamster leadership didn’t want to share power with the newly paroled Jimmy in the 1970s.

A shovel to the head, a little digging in Oakland, and Jimmy’s comeback was over.

Amelia’s is a little bit more sympathetic story – but it borders on the pathetic. Yes, she was the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean in an airplane. Unfortunately, she was a passenger on that flight, not the pilot.

She was a gifted aviator, but also a bit of a publicity hound. Her attempt to circumnavigate the globe at the equator ended on July 2, 1937. The Lockheed Electra that Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, were aboard was lost on a leg to Howland Island in the South Pacific.

There are rumors now that Earhart’s plane has been found and a tip that Hoffa’s body is in Oakland.

There may be a financial reason to pursue the recovery of Earhart’s plane. Private investors are funding those efforts.

But the Hoffa case is throwing good federal money down the drain. Who cares which Mafioso bashed Hoffa’s brains in? He died by the same hand he had dealt others.

The Earhart story is a different one. It would be interesting to learn if that brave woman survived a crash and lived for a while on an atoll in the South Pacific.

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