The Silencers

Seven shots fell Allen Dorfman

Allen Dorfman, above all else, was a survivor. Introduced to the young Jimmy Hoffa in 1949, when the future Teamsters boss was but an ambitious union leader in Detroit, Dorfman parlayed that friendship into a multimillion-dollar insurance empire whose most lucrative account was the union's Central States Health and Welfare Fund. From 1958 to 1971, when Hoffa headed the Teamsters, Dorfman emerged as his powerful lieutenant. Before Hoffa was led off to jail in 1967 for jury tampering, he told subordinates, "When Dorfman speaks, he speaks for me."


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