Dan Moldea

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(investigative journalist)
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BornFebruary 27, 1950
Akron, Ohio
Alma materUniversity of Akron, Kent State University
Member ofPhi Delta Theta
Interests • RFK Assassination
• Jimmy Hoffa
• Ronald Reagan
• Vincent Foster
• OJ Simpson
• Hollywood
• the Outfit
Author of books about the rise and fall of Jimmy Hoffa, the Mafia's penetration of Hollywood, its links to Ronald Reagan, and its influence on professional football, as well as works about the Robert F. Kennedy assassination.

Dan E. Moldea is an American author and investigative journalist[1][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, and the Anthony Pellicano[8] wiretapping scandal and prosecution, and corruption in higher education via the student-loan program and for-profit colleges.

In his book on the death of White House Deputy Counsel Vincent Foster (in Wikispooks counted as part of the Clinton body count), he stated that "Clinton's political enemies were prepared to do anything—and use anything—to remove him from office... and conspired to portray Foster's untimely suicide as a murder in a cynical effort to undermine the authority and the authenticity of the Clinton White House."[9]


Moldea is of Romanian descent.[10] He received his bachelor's degree in English and history from the University of Akron where he was 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]

Writing career

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.[11] He was also featured in the 2004 film, The Hunting of the President.[12]

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.[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."[14]

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.[15]

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.[16]


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

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