Offbeat
11:25 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Police digging under driveway for Hoffa, search is a 'circus' for one neighbor

Police are digging under a driveway in Roseville, Michigan this morning to see if they can come up with evidence of a body.

Ground penetrating radar indicated an "anomaly" under the driveway earlier in the week.

There's wide speculation the body could be former Teamsters union boss Jimmy Hoffa, but that appears to be a long-shot. From CNN:

Police Chief James Berlin told CNN on Thursday that while the tipster's information seems credible, he's not convinced the body is Hoffa's because of the timeline. He spoke with the tipster on August 22 and says he believes the person did see a burial.

Police will send soil samples from the dirt under the driveway to MSU for analysis.

The samples will be sent to a forensic anthropologist and tested for human decomposition. Results aren't expected before next week.

In the meantime, one homeowner tells the Associated Press that the search for Hoffa has turned her neighborhood into a "circus."

Szpunar tells The Associated Press Friday that the Roseville home she's lived in for 24 years has been turned into a "three-ring circus" by onlookers and media members who gawk and take photos.

Szpunar told the AP she just wants to be left alone.

For many of us, the search for Jimmy Hoffa is abstract. It's often fodder for jokes.

So what was Hoffa like?

Hoffa spent five years in a Pennsylvania prison after he was convicted of attempted bribery of a juror. His 13-year sentence was commuted by President Nixon

Here he talks about his experience in prison on WEWS Cleveland's "Morning Exchange" television show.

The interview took place sometime between his release at the end of 1971, and his death in 1975.

The frank discussion of prison life gives us a little insight into who Hoffa was: