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Dan E. Moldea (born February 27, 1950) is an American best-selling[1] author and investigative journalist[2] who has reported on organized crime and political corruption since 1974.[3] He is the author of books about the rise and fall of Jimmy Hoffa,[4][5][6] the contract killing of an Ohio businessman, the Mafia's penetration of Hollywood and its links to Ronald Reagan, its influence on professional football, as well as works about the assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy,[7] the O.J. Simpson murder case, the suicide of White House Deputy Counsel Vincent Foster, and the Anthony Pellicano[8] wiretapping scandal and prosecution. Moldea has also published a memoir about his career as a crime reporter.[9]

Dan E. Moldea
Moldea from The Hoffa Wars in 1978
Moldea from The Hoffa Wars in 1978
Born (1950-02-27) February 27, 1950 (age 69)
Akron, Ohio
OccupationNon-fiction author, investigative journalist
GenreOrganized crime, political corruption

Moldea received his bachelor's degree in English and history from the University of Akron where he served as student-body president. He did his post-graduate work at Kent State University where he taught a course, "Racism and Poverty," in the Honors and Experimental College.[3]

Moldea has lectured about "The Mafia in America" at colleges and universities throughout the country and has appeared on numerous national and local radio and television programs.[10] He was also featured in the 2004 film, The Hunting of the President.[11]

Moldea is a former president of Washington Independent Writers.[12]

In Moldea v New York Times, Moldea sued The New York Times, alleging a review of Interference: How Organized Crime Influences Professional Football was libelous. In 1994, after the lower court dismissed the case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit reinstated it in an opinion known as Moldea I. Followed by Moldea II, in what has been described as an unprecedented moment in American jurisprudence, the same appellate court snatched away Moldea’s momentary victory, suddenly reversing itself and ruling for the Times. The U.S. Supreme Court allowed Moldea II to stand.[13]

Since 1998, Moldea, a registered private investigator, has also worked as an independent investigative consultant, participating in, what he has described as, "a wide variety of breathtaking and mind-blowing capers."


The first chapters of Dan Moldea's books are available on his website.

  • The Hoffa Wars: Teamsters, Rebels, Politicians, and the Mob - 1978
  • The Hunting of Cain: A True Story of Money, Greed, and Fratricide - 1983
  • Dark Victory: Ronald Reagan, MCA, and the Mob - 1986
  • Interference: How Organized Crime Influences Professional Football - 1989
  • The Killing of Robert F. Kennedy: An Investigation of Motive, Means, and Opportunity - 1995
  • Evidence Dismissed: The Inside Story of the Police Investigation of O.J. Simpson (with Tom Lange and Philip Vannatter) - 1997
  • A Washington Tragedy: How the Suicide of Vincent Foster Ignited a Political Firestorm - 1998
  • Confessions of a Guerrilla Writer: Adventures in the Jungles of Crime, Politics, and Journalism - 2013
  • Hollywood Confidential: A True Story of Wiretapping, Friendship, and Betrayal - 2018


  1. ^ "The New York Times : Best Seller List 02-23-1997" (PDF).
  2. ^ Kurtz, Howard (2007-08-08). "Washington Post: "Morals of a Muckraker"". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-04-30.
  3. ^ a b "Dan Moldea - Biographical information".
  4. ^ "Frank Sheeran, aka "The Irishman", and Moldea" (PDF).
  5. ^ "Moldea on the Hoffa murder case".
  6. ^ "Moldea on the JFK murder case" (PDF).
  7. ^ "RFK at 50".
  8. ^ "Busch v. Pellicano/Ovitz".
  9. ^ "Dan Moldea: Shamus of Shame, And a Really Nice Guy".
  10. ^ "Lecture Appearances".
  11. ^ "Hunting of the President and The Flynt Project".
  12. ^ "AIW".
  13. ^ Moldea v. New York Times, 22 F.3d 310 (D.C. Cir. 1994)

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