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 disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa on July 30, 1975
Where was he killed?  Who killed him?  Where was his body disposed?

DEM:  Facebook posts about Jimmy Hoffa since 2014

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,, "Jimmy Hoffa's alleged burial site and the EPA," July 23, 2020

What happened 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

What happened to Jimmy Hoffa (Part 6)
DEM, The Mob Museum, "The Jimmy Hoffa Disapperance:  The 46th Anniversary," July 28, 2021


Also see:
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

Hoffa Wars

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."

DEM's blog:


The Dan Moldea Investigative Journalism Collection
at George Mason University

Chapters, articles, television appearances, and kudos

KinukoDEM:  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)

Additional interviews:
                    Brian Ross did an interview with Jack Goldsmith and me, October 3, 2019   

                    DEM, live, on Fox News, “The Search for Jimmy Hoffa:  Phillip Moscato, Jr.,” November 18, 2019 (Eric Shawn, host)

Eric, Shawn, Fox Nation, “Phillip Moscato Jr,” November 18, 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 from
Confessions of a Guerrilla Writer
about the Jimmy Hoffa disappearance

CGW-3rdChapter 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"

     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.