I Heard You Paint Houses: 2016 Edition with Updated 57-Page Conclusion

I Heard You Paint Houses: 2016 Edition with Updated 57-Page Conclusion is the definitive work solving the disappearance and murder of Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa. Brandt’s Updated Conclusion chapter for the new 2016 edition includes 57-pages of never before revealed evidence and interviews that Brandt withheld when his book was published in 2004 out of concern for his safety and that of his family.  These matters now can be released only because of the deaths and incarceration of key Mafia bosses. A Martin Scorsese film based on I Heard You Paint Houses will be a major motion picture released by Paramount. This blockbuster Mafia movie will star a dream cast of Robert De Niro and Al Pacino with a screenplay adapted from Brandt’s book by Oscar-winning screenwriter Steve Zaillian.

The updated Conclusion also includes independent evidence forever corroborating Frank Sheeran’s confession to the Hoffa murder, provided by an FBI cooperating witness, the former boss of the Bufalino Mafia family; the Crazy Joey Gallo murder, provided by a respected New York Times editor who was an eyewitness to the Gallo murder: and to participating in the Mafia conspiracy to assassinate President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, provided by statements made by New Orleans and Dallas territorial Mafia boss Carlos Marcello and by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., the son of Marcello’s arch enemy, Bobby Kennedy.

In the vestibule of this house in Detroit - minutes away from the Red Fox restaurant - Frank Sheeran shot Jimmy Hoffa twice in the back of the head upon entering.
In the vestibule of this house in Detroit – minutes away from the Red Fox restaurant – Frank Sheeran shot Jimmy Hoffa twice in the back of the head upon entering.

I Heard You Paint Houses is the biography of a colorful hit man, Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, the prime suspect in the FBI’s Jimmy Hoffa case. Brandt’s book is based on nearly five years of interviews recorded on tapes that have since been subpoenaed by the FBI. These interviews reveal a very remorseful man, raised a strict Roman Catholic, and nearing the end of an exacting life. Wading ashore under fire in three amphibious invasions in Europe, Sheeran had fought in 411 combat days when the average was 80.  His future life was forever shaped by his experiences in General George Patton’s “Killer Division”, a unit that Patton had instructed to take no prisoners.

After the war, the massive Irishman became a protégé of both Hoffa and the powerful Mafia boss Russell Bufalino. To “paint a house” is to shoot a man to death; the blood is the “paint” that spatters.  Sheeran painted houses for both Hoffa and Bufalino, including the 1972 brazen hit on “Crazy Joey” Gallo in Umberto’s Clam House in New York’s Little Italy.

In 2003 at the age of 83, Sheeran killed himself by refusing to eat following the last and crucial interview done on videotape. It was literally a deathbed confession for this man who had determined the life expectancy of over two dozen men in civilian life and countless others in combat.


“Charles Brandt has solved the Hoffa mystery.”

– Professor Arthur Sloane, author of the biography, Hoffa

“Sheeran’s confession…solves the Hoffa mystery.  Nothing about the latest [DNA] finding speaks against the confession and overwhelming weight of the evidence.”

– Michael Baden, MD
Former NYC Chief Medical Examiner, author, and Medical Examiner to the 1975 House Select Committee on Assassinations

“I believe that Hoffa was lured into the car, which we seized.  There had to be somebody, or perhaps more than one person, in the car that he trusted.  He had to be killed quickly, which means fairly nearby, and that’s also consistent with Sheeran’s confession . . . It may not have happened exactly that way, but I think that’s the gist of it.”

– Stan Hunterton, Esq.
Former Assistant United States Attorney for the Detroit Hoffa Strike Force and retired organized crime prosecutor

“I’ve always felt he was a person who could possibly have done it. Sheeran provided some credible information in the book. And why would he say he did it if he didn’t? There was no reason for him to lie. Without the bones or an eyewitness, Sheeran’s account will stand as a good explanation of what happened.”  

– Robert A. Garrity
Retired FBI Detroit Hoffa Strike Force Case Agent in charge and  author of the 1/27/76  Hoffex Memo  identifying Sheeran as a suspect in Hoffa’s murder