Dan Moldea

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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 71)
Akron, Ohio, U.S.
OccupationNon-fiction author, investigative journalist
GenreOrganized crime, political corruption

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, its links to Ronald Reagan, and 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, the Anthony Pellicano[8] wiretapping scandal and prosecution, and corruption in higher education via the student-loan program and for-profit colleges.

The third edition of Confessions of a Guerrilla Writer, Moldea's memoir about his career as a crime reporter, was released in 2020, featuring new information about the Jimmy Hoffa murder case.[9]

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. He is also a former national vice president of the National Writers Union.

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.[12]

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."[13]

Moldea describes himself as “Ahab” and has said that the Jimmy Hoffa murder case is his “white whale.” He is widely regarded as one of the top experts on this crime.[14]

He is of Romanian descent.[15]


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

  • The Hoffa Wars: Teamsters, Rebels, Politicians, and the Mob (1978)
Introduction by Jonathan Kwitny (1993 reprint)
  • 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)
  • Money, Politics, and Corruption in U.S. Higher Education: The Stories of Whistleblowers (2020)


  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. ^ Moldea, Dan (2020-07-08). "The Mob Museum: "Finding Jimmy Hoffa"". Mob Museum. Retrieved 2020-07-09.
  10. ^ "Lecture Appearances".
  11. ^ "Hunting of the President and The Flynt Project".
  12. ^ Moldea v. New York Times, 22 F.3d 310 (D.C. Cir. 1994)
  13. ^ "Dan Moldea: Shamus of Shame, And a Really Nice Guy".
  14. ^ John, Wisely (2019-11-21). "Search for Jimmy Hoffa may have new lead, expert has best tip ever in search for grave". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2020-05-21.
  15. ^ Archip, Andreea (January 11, 2020). "Un jurnalist de origine română a investigat 40 de ani cazul dispariției lui Jimmy Hoffa. De ce critică Dan Moldea filmul "The Irishman"". Libertatea (in Romanian). Retrieved January 20, 2020.

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