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 46th 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,, "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 on Facebook 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"

Other DEM Facebook posts about Jimmy Hoffa


September 29.  The second anniversary of DEM’s first tour of PJP with the late Frank Cappola

September 23.  The 2006 mistake made by the FBI in the Hoffa case

September 20.  Mike Hoyt’s 1976 article about DEM’s coverage of the Hoffa murder case

August 14.  DEM’s 1992 review in the Washington Post about the film, Hoffa

July 30:  Ahab at PJP, aka "Brother Moscato's Dump"

July 28.  The unmarked grave of Jimmy Hoffa:  Critical update

July 22.  Jon Kwitny’s 3-part series in the Wall Street Journal—a week before Hoffa vanished

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 Skyway

October 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 27See 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?

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 Maheu

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 Biographies

August 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,

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.