The Press: Flimflam Man

David Halberstam's CBS chronicles do not include the network's latest misadventure in pursuit of news. Two weeks ago Clarence Newton ("Chuck") Medlin, 49, approached a Greensboro, N.C., freelance writer named Patrick O'Keefe and told him that he knew where to find the body of missing former Teamsters Union President James Hoffa. Medlin, a sinister-looking self-professed former hit man, said he had once served as Hoffa's bodyguard and had learned of his old boss's final resting place from the hired killer who put him there.

O'Keefe brought Medlin to Manhattan, where the tipster soon had...

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