Mr. O’Brien was 9 when he first met Hoffa.
“When he flashed his hearty smile on me,” Mr. O’Brien said in an interview with Professor Goldsmith’s book, “I knew we were going to be close.”
He was sometimes described as Hofa’s foster son or being raised by him, but Professor Goldsmith said in his book that it was not true. Mr. O’Brien still spent considerable time with Hoffa and his family, and while still a boy, organized picket lines and other union activities. After graduating from Glenno High School in Kansas in 1952 and marrying Mary Ann Guiaramita, she settled in Michigan, where Hoffa was a senior Teamsters at the time. Eventually he persuaded Hoffa to hire him as an organizer.
Mr. Obrien becomes Hoffa’s reliable assistant. Mario Puzo once said that he was modeling the image of Tom Hagen’s “The Godfather”, the “conspirator” after hearing about it. However, Mr. O’Brien himself played a consulting role. “I didn’t advise Hoffa,” he advised me, “he said.
“I would be with her,” he said. “If something had to be done, I would have done it.”
Mr. O’Brien accompanied Hoffa in 1967, when he reported to federal authorities on the punishment for bribery and fraud charges. By President Richard M. Nixon reversed the Hoffa verdict in late 1971. His disappearance four years later was often thought to be linked to his efforts to return to power in the union.
Mr. Obrain’s first marriage ended in divorce. In 1975, just weeks before Hoffan disappeared, he married Brenda Berger, mother of Professor Goldsmith. They separated from the 1980s but continued to live together until Mr. O’Brien’s death, Professor Goldsmith said.
In addition, Mr. O’Brien is survived by two children from his first marriage, Charles and Joseph Ozeph. two other steps: Brett Berger O’Brien and Steven Carter O’Brien; and several grandchildren.
In his last remarks, Professor Goldsmith said that Mr O’Brien had given the Irishman a rather rude assessment and resurrected the old accusations. “I’ve ever seen one of the biggest fake movies,” he said.
According to Professor Goldsmith: “Hollywood could turn a monkey into a peanut. It is their business. They do not think about the truth. It’s fun. “