Brian Ross did an interview with Jack Goldsmith and me, October 3, 2019
Dan E. Moldea
author of The Hoffa Wars and Confessions of a Guerrilla Writer, along with eight other books
A collection of DEM's online materials about the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa
On the 45th anniversary of Hoffa's disappearance on July 30, 1975
Where was he killed? Who killed him? Where was his body disposed?
What happened to Jimmy Hoffa? (Part 1)
DEM, Fox News, "Has Jimmy Hoffa's grave finally been found?" November 21, 2019
What happened to Jimmy Hoffa? (Part 2)
DEM, The Mob Museum, "Finding Jimmy Hoffa," July 8, 2020
What happened to Jimmy Hoffa? (Part 3)
DEM, The Mob Museum, "Zeroing In On Jimmy Hoffa's Unmarked Grave," Jul 21, 2020
What happened to Jimmy Hoffa (Part 4)
DEM, Moldea.com, "Jimmy Hoffa's alleged burial site and the EPA," July 23, 2020
What happed to Jimmy Hoffa (Part 5)
DEM, Deadline Detroit, "Is this enough evidence to obtain a search warrant for Jimmy Hoffa's grave?" July 30, 2020
Scott Burnstein, The Mob Museum, "Following the Facts to Possible Hoffa Hit House," July 31, 2020.
DEM: Did Jimmy Hoffa, Carlos Marcello, and Santo Trafficante
arrange and execute the murder of President Kennedy?
Biographical Sketch of Dan E. Moldea, Author and Independent Investigative Journalist
The Hoffa Wars:
Teamsters, Rebels, Politicians and the Mob (1978)
The Hoffa Wars, published by Paddington Press in August 1978, chronicled the rise and fall of former Teamsters general president Jimmy Hoffa. In this book, according to the Associated Press, Moldea was the first to present the case that Hoffa and two Mafia figures--Carlos Marcello of Louisiana and Santo Trafficante of Florida--were involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. A year after Moldea's work was published, the U.S. House Select Committee on Assassinations came to the same conclusion in its final report. In January 1992, Frank Ragano, the attorney who represented Hoffa, Marcello, and Trafficante, confessed that he was a principal in the Hoffa-Marcello-Trafficante murder plot against the president. Newsweek also credited the first reporting on this matter to Moldea, "who made the Teamsters-JFK-Ragano link in his 1978 book, The Hoffa Wars."
Moldea also revealed new details about the CIA-Mafia plots to murder Cuban premier Fidel Castro, as well as excerpts from his exclusive interviews with the men identified by the FBI as Hoffa's killers, including Salvatore Briguglio, the alleged triggerman. Further, the book explained the turbulent history of the rank and file reform movement within the Teamsters Union.
A blatant attempt to suppress Moldea's book--detailed in a June 29, 1978, New York Times article--was unsuccessful. Times literary writer Herbert Mitgang wrote, "Publishing lawyers said that the attempted delay of the Moldea book was one of the first examples of [a] possible loss of independence--with implicit censorship--where there is a conflict on a controversial nonfiction book."
Despite the controversy, The Hoffa Wars was selected by the Book-of-the-Month Club and syndicated by the New York Times. The book was published in mass market paperback by Grosset and Dunlap in September 1979 after three hardcover printings. It has also been translated into French, Italian, and Japanese. Retitled, The Hoffa Wars: The Rise and Fall of Jimmy Hoffa, the book was re-released in January 1993.
Commenting on The Hoffa Wars, the Chicago Tribune described it as being "as extensively researched a volume as one is likely to come across in the field." The Wall Street Journal wrote, "Mr. Moldea's view of [the Hoffa] wars, which reached its greatest intensity when Robert Kennedy was Attorney General, may explain not only Mr. Hoffa's disappearance but the assassination of John Kennedy as well." The Washington Post stated, "If Moldea were a prizefighter, he would be a kind of Rocky Graziano. He never, never quits punching. Moldea never relents." New York magazine wrote that it was "passionate, detailed, and coherent. . . .The superiority of the Moldea book lies in the inherent drama of the unfolding history." The Christian Science Monitor called it, "well-documented, detailed, and terrifying." The Village Voice said that the book was "a fascinating inside history of the union, its triumphs and corruption." The Houston Post stated that The Hoffa Wars was "definitive and will likely serve as the touchstone for all future speculation and books exploring Hoffa's fate." Convoy, the voice of the Teamsters' rank and file reform movement, added, "Moldea provides a very valuable contribution. He helps explain the rank and file tradition for today's reform movements. He understands that tradition, because he's no outsider to it."
The Dan Moldea Investigative Journalism Collection
at George Mason University
Chapters, articles, television appearances, and kudos
DEM: Chapter One of The Hoffa Wars
DEM: The Playboy magazine excerpt of The Hoffa Wars
DEM: "My afternoon with Jimmy Hoffa's alleged killer"
DEM: The Lineup (Open Road Media, July 28, 2015): "What Really Happened to Jimmy Hoffa"
DEM on the rise & fall of Jimmy Hoffa (1978): Part One and Part Two
DEM's 1979 letter to the editor of the New York Review of Books about Hoffa and the JFK murder
The 40th anniversary of Hoffa's disappearance: DEM: What happened to Jimmy Hoffa?
July 20, 2018: Who is Vinnie Ravo?
The JFK Murder and Hoffa, Marcello, and Trafficante: Crediting The Hoffa Wars for saying it first
The Kwitny Report, "The Assassination of of JFK," November 1, 1988
DEM in the Washington Post about the movie, Hoffa: "Tales of Hoffa: Why Does Hollywood Make Thugs Into Heroes"
DEM: On Rolland McMaster and Frank Sheeran
DEM: The Lineup (Open Road Media): "What really happened to Jimmy Hoffa?"
FBI files on Jimmy Hoffa
The Hoffex Memo: Unredacted (January 27-28, 1976)
Respected mobology scholar Andy Petepiece's review of I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt
DEM on Anthony Zerilli and the 2013 search for Hoffa's body (CNN)
POGO: Investigative Reporter Dan Moldea Comes Clean in Confessions of a Guerrila Writer (August 18, 2014)
DEM on the 40th anniversary of the murder (MSNBC)
WDIV-Detroit interview with DEM (August 11, 2015)
Dan Moldea: First Drafts of History (March 25, 2017)
DEM on the Frank Sheeran controversy (Fox News, December 16, 2018)
DEM on the death of Thomas Andretta (Fox News, February 3, 2019)
Vince Wade, “The Irishman Didn't Kill Jimmy Hoffa,” November 22, 2019.
Fox News, “Dan Moldea: Has Jimmy Hoffa’s grave finally been found,” November 23, 2019. (promo for DEM’s article)
Janet Donovan and Brendan Kownacki,, Hollywood on the Potomac, "Expert Decodes Fact vs Fiction in The Irishman - Who Really Killed Jimmy Hoffa?"
Roop Raj, Fox 2 (TV, Detroit), “Could former Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa be buried in New Jersey?,” November 22, 2019.
Interview, Eric Shawn and Dan Moldea, Fox News, “Phillip Moscato Jr. and Frank Cappola,” November 23, 2019
DEM interview with Chris McCarthy, WBSM, “Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa?” November 26, 2019. (radio)
George Anastasia and Dave Schratwieser, "Mob Talk Sitdown," November 26, 2019
Eric Shawn interviews DEM, Fox News (podcast), “Season 2, Episode 1: Moscato’s Dump,” November 27, 2019.Mob Museum seminar on the murder of Jimmy Hoffa and The Irishman)
Steve Garagiola, WDIV, “Shattered: Hoffa.”
Eric Shawn interviews DEM on the 45 anniversary of Hoffa's disappearance, August 1, 2020.
DEM excerpts on Facebook from Confessions of a Guerrilla Writer
about the Jimmy Hoffa disappearance
Chapter 10: The goon squad
Chapter 13: A guerrilla writer in New York
Chapter 16: Back in Detroit
Chapter 18 (a): A surprise witness at the grand jury
Chapter 18 (b): The day after the December 4, 1975, grand jury
Chapter 24: My lunch with Hoffa's alleged killers
Chapter 28: "Who is Frank Sheeran?"
Chapter 32: "I think my dad knew Jack Ruby"
Chapter 35: Briguglio and I get whacked
Chapter 40: Helping TDU and PROD make peace
Chapter 147: Frank Sheeran's conflicting confessions
Chapter 148: Not a distinction without a difference
Chapter 149: "They're digging at a farm in Wixom"
Chapter 150: "It's going to be a great day tomorrow"
Other DEM Facebook posts about Jimmy Hoffa
July 2. More tragedy for the Cappola family
June 19. The New York Times's 1978 story about The Hoffa Wars
June 24. DEM: Waiting for a cure for “non-rewarding repetitive behavior”
June 15. DEM on Coast to Coast tonight to discuss the Hoffa murder
June 6. Ray Donovan, Ronald Reagan’s mobbed-up labor secretary, has died
May 23. DEM: Crediting federal investigators for getting the Hoffa case right since 1975
May 20. Vindication for the FBI?
May 18. The crucifixion scene in On the Waterfront
May 16. Frank Cappola’s sworn declaration
May 11. My early investigation of the Teamsters and the Mafia
May 8. Young Ahab with his Mom
May 4: The cast of characters for the Hoffa murder drama
May 2: Art imitating life
April 20: Scott Burnstein: The FBI is considering three excavations for Hoffa’s body
April 15: On taking sides
April 11: The 2013 search for Hoffa, based on Tony Zerilli's information
April 6: How our investigation of Alcee Hastings corruption could help solve the Hoffa case
March 21:. A quick update from Ahab
March 16:. The first anniversary of Frank Cappola’s death
January 27: Progress report on Ahab’s now-46-year search for the white whale
December 11. Ahab returns to the Pulaski SkywayOctober 21: Ahab's status report on his search for the white whale
July 31: Scott Burnstein's story about Hoffa, Lenny Schultz, and Rolland McMaster
July 30: My inventory of evidence that Hoffa is buried at PJP
July 29: Ahab's shadow on the white whale's grave
July 24: Jimmy Hoffa’s alleged burial site and the EPA
July 21: Part Two of “Finding Hoffa,” published by The Mob Museum
July 21: The first photograph of Jimmy Hoffa’s unmarked grave
July 8:. Finding Jimmy Hoffa: My 45-year investigation of Hoffa’s murder
May 20: I will appear tonight—for three straight hours—on The Midnight Society
May 9: Frozen at Moscato’s Dump
March 17: Frank Cappola, who showed me the location of Hoffa’s grave, has died
March 13: Chuck O’Brien has died
February 23: The Hoffa Wars passes The Irishman on Amazon’s bestsellers list
February 9: Robert Conrad and the JFK murder program he hosted in 1992
February 8: The Irishman at the Oscars
January 15: The Hoffa case: My best explanation, based on the best available evidence
January 13: Romanian TV covers the Hoffa case and The Irishman
January 7: DEM on Midnight in the Desert for two hours tonight
January 3: Jack Goldsmith’s latest op-ed on The Irishman in today’s New York Times
January 1: Spending the evening, working and watching The Irishman for the fifth time
December 27: See the shooting script for The Irishman
December 21: IMDb pretends to dismiss criticism of The Irishman
December 14: The video of the big debate on the Hoffa caper at The Mob Museum
December 11: Wearing my TDU pin to protest Hoffa’s portrayal in The Irishman as a working-class hero
December 10: Mark Perry on our roles in the violent 1979 National Independent Truckers’ Shutdown
December 8: Shawn, Wade, and DEM at The Mob Museum to discuss Hoffa on December 11
December 7: Eric Shawn interviews Scott Burnstein about the Hoffa case
December 4: The U.S Attorney’s Office in Detroit weighs in on what’s next on the Hoffa case
December 2: 3 of the 4 top books on the Amazon O/C best sellers list are about Jimmy Hoffa December 1: The FBI is taking Frank Cappola’s information seriously Novermber 27: Despite its flaws, I liked The Irishman even better the second time
November 26: Don’t allow The Irishman to define the truth of the Hoffa murder case
November 26: “No good deed goes unpunished.”
November 24: DEM: On my association with Eric Shawn and Fox News
November 24: Video of Frank Cappola and me at PJP Landfill, aka Brother Moscato’s Dump
November 21: The Detroit Free Press gets comment from the FBI
November 21: Does Frank Cappola know where Jimmy Hoffa is buried?
November 19: Preview: Frank Cappola at the PJP Landfill, aka “Brother Moscato’s Dump”
November 18: My search for Hoffa’s body with Eric Shawn of Fox News: Part One
November 13: Robert De Niro responds to my allegation that Sheeran conned him
November 8: We just saw The Irishman, and—in spite of Frank Sheeran’s lies—it’s outstanding
November 7: How Frank Sheeran, aka “The Irishman,” came into my life and then refused to leave
November 1: The Irishman opens today for a limited run before returning to Netflix on November 27
October 31: The Nats’ relentlessness has inspired me to redouble my efforts to find Jimmy Hoffa
October 16: The FBI’s new theory about the Hoffa case
October 14: In the midst of rave reviews, the latest story on The Irishman, a film fantasy for its false facts
October 5: Jack Goldsmith and I appear on Brian Ross Investigates to discuss Jack’s book September 27: Meet Frank Sheeran, aka “The Irishman” . . . A 1997 video
September 26: Jack Goldsmith on Frank Sheeran lies
September 25: Investigative journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner George Lardner has died
September 24: Jack Goldsmith publishes In Hoffa’s Shadow about his stepfather, Chuck O’Brien
September 6: Don Wells has died. His information led to the FBI’s 2006 search of McMaster’s farm in Wixom, Michigan
August 7: Slate: “The Lies of The Irishman,” an attack on the Scorsese-De Niro film fantasy
July 30: The 44th anniversary of Jimmy Hoffa’s murder
July 14: DEM: “I have a new lead on the whereabouts of Jimmy Hoffa’s body”
May 20: Allan Lengel reports on Tony and Vito Giacalone and their roles in the Hoffa caper
May 10: DEM discusses the Hoffa murder case with Eric Shawn at Fox News
March 31: The Irishman: “Good cinema, bad history”
February 18: Five years later: On the death of Philip “Brother” Moscato
January 30: Jimmy Hoffa-murder suspect, Tom Andretta, has died
December 16: On the Hoffa Case: Salvatore Briguglio v. Frank Sheeran
November 19: Battling the Irishman
February 27: Ahab on Jimmy Hoffa-murder case nuances
September 17: Was Jimmy Hoffa's body moved from Jersey City to Paterson?2016
August 18: Scorsese-De Niro's "The Irishman" will be postponed
July 30: The 42nd anniversary of Hoffa’s murder; Kinuko Craft’s portrait of Hoffa
July 20: DEM memorandum: "Who is Vinnie Ravo?"
July 10: 42 years ago, a prelude to Hoffa’s murder: The bombing of Dick Fitzsimmons’ car
May 1: Online Review of Books: Interview with DEM
December 13: DEM on Robert Maheu2015
December 8: DEM returns to the Red Fox/Andiamo
June 29: NYT and Herb Mitgang on the attempted suppression of The Hoffa Wars
January 16: Fabrizio Calvi’s piece about DEM and the Hoffa case
October 6: Looking for a repository for my books files
September 16: De Niro announces decision to proceed with Sheeran movie on The Tonight Show
September 10: The Hoffa Wars goes to #4 on Amazon’s Organized Crime BiographiesAugust 9: DEM on the 40th anniversary of the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa with new information about the murder scene and disposal of the body
July 28: DEM on MSNBC, two days before the 40th anniversary
July 15: Introduction by Jonathan Kwitny to the 1993 reprint of The Hoffa Wars
June 5: DEM at The Mob Museum to speak on a symposium about Jimmy Hoffa
April 28: DEM on Jim Neff’s book, Vendetta
April 16: DEM on Killing Jimmy Hoffa, a documentary by Al Profit and Scott Bernstein
March 3: The Hoffa Wars as a 2015 updated eBook, published by Open Road Media
January 3: DEM's 1992 essay in the Washington Post on Hoffa and Hollywood liberties with facts
December 3: Robert De Niro at the Authors Dinner Group on December 2, 2014
September 24: DEM on the 50th anniversary of the Warren Report
July 22: PBS on Hoffa, and Frank Sheeran 1979 letter to DEM
July 16: DEM on the death of Jack Tocco, the former boss of the Detroit Mafia
February 18: DEM on the death of Phillip "Brother" Moscato
November 18: DEM on the 50th anniversary of the JFK murder
September 24: DEM on the 50th anniverary of The Warren Report
July 30: DEM on the 38th anniversary of Jimmy Hoffa's disappearance
I have often said that the New York Times created me as an author. This is the article—written by Herbert Mitgang, then the NYT’s chief book critic, and published on June 29, 1978—that made it so. It details my battles with Steven Brill, who was publishing a rival book about the Teamsters, and his publisher, Simon & Schuster, which blatantly attempted to suppress my book from publication.
After I alleged that Frank Sheeran was involved in the murder conspiracy against Jimmy Hoffa in my 1978 book about Hoffa, I received this letter from Sheeran's attorney, threatening me with litigation. . . . From 2001 to 2003, Sheeran made a series of confessions--although there was a problem distinguishing the truth from his conflicting versions of events.