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Anthony and Vito Giacalone

Detroit Mobster Brothers

Published by Robert Grey Reynolds Jr. at Smashwords

Copyright 2018 by Robert Grey Reynolds Jr.

Anthony Joseph Giacalone (January 9, 1919-February 23, 2001) and Vito William Giacalone (April 16, 1923-February 19, 2012) were the Detroit mobsters most often associated with the disappearance of former Teamsters President James Riddle Jimmy Hoffa (1913-1975). Federal agents believe the Giacalone brothers lured Hoffa to the suburban restaurant where he was last seen alive on July 30, 1975.

The ex-Teamsters chief called his wife, Josephine, from a phone booth in Bloomfield Township, Michigan. He told her that he’d been stood up by two mobsters. He soon vanished. Never seen in public again, Hoffa’s disappearance is an enduring mystery of the twentieth century.

A capo in the Genovese crime family, Sicilian Anthony Provenzano (1917-1988) came to the meeting from Union City, New Jersey. Hoffa was set to meet the trio at the Machus Restaurant, 6676 Telegraph Road, in Bloomfield. Tony Giacalone later claimed that he spent the afternoon Hoffa went missing at a nearby athletic club.

The son of fruit street vendor Giacomo Jack Giacalone (1883-) and Antoinette

Ciaramitaro (1893-), Anthony Giacalone was raised on Congress Street in Detroit. He married Jennie Provenzano in Saginaw, Michigan on June 21, 1942. She was the daughter of Jack Provenzano and Rose Prezzato. Tony Giacalone was a machine operator whose residence was 1946 East Congress Street. Nineteen years of age at the time of her wedding, Jennie Provenzano lived at 2540 West Michigan Avenue in Saginaw. She was employed as a clerk.


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