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12. Whatever happened to Dan Moldea?
The guy, eh, changed.

The Curious Case of Dan Moldea

By Jim DiEugenio

In 1995, Dan Moldea wrote his apologia for the LAPD (and especially DeWayne Wolfer) for their handling of the Robert F. Kennedy assassination. To put this act in perspective, one must go through the LAPD files in Sacramento. After undergoing that long, laborious, painful process one can pretty accurately make the following statement: what the LAPD did in the Robert Kennedy case is as bad, and probably worse, than what the Dallas Police did in regards to the John Kennedy murder. Probably worse because, unlike the JFK case, the LAPD had final disposition over the Robert Kennedy murder. So Moldeas attempt to get LAPD off the hookand simultaneously make Sirhan the fall guyis pretty galling. How does he try to do it?

In the opening pages of his book, Moldea makes the following claim:
    As in all of my previous works, everything in this book has been extensively fact-checked....Nearly all of its major and minor characters and sourcesincluding both Sirhan and Cesarhave been permitted to approve their quoted words as well as given the opportunity to amend and expand upon them.

This statement is dubious. Moldea had provided Sirhan B. Sirhan a chance to fact-check an eight-page report culled from his visits with the prisoner. Nowhere in those pages did Moldea show Sirhan the following dialogue attributed to him in the book:
    Suddenly, in the midst of their conversation, Sirhan started to explain the moment when his eyes met Kennedys just before he shot him. Shocked by what Sirhan had just admitted, McCowan asked, "Then why, Sirhan, didnt you shoot him between the eyes?" With no hesitation and no apparent remorse, Sirhan replied, "Because that son of a bitch turned his head at the last second."

Reading this, Sirhan sternly denied such an exchange. Yet Moldea claims he fact-checked all quotes for attribution. Moldea was never allowed to see Sirhan alone. He was always accompanied by at least Sirhans brother Adel. Adel also denies that Moldea ever asked Sirhan about it. What makes it worse is that it now turns out that this comment was delivered to Moldea thirdhand, from Robert Blair Kaiser who got it from defense investigator Mike McCowan.

Lynn Mangan, Sirhans chief researcher, had seen a pre-publication copy of the book. Since she had been with Moldea on one visit and knew Sirhan very well, she realized that the quote was hardly tenable. She called up Adel who reaffirmed her belief. When Mangan asked Moldea when and where this conversation took place, the author told her that he would mail her McCowans affidavit testifying to these matters. Three years later, Moldea has yet to come through with the affidavit.


Gee. J Edgar Hoover handling things from Pimlico and LBJ at the top of the investigative food chain for both JFK and RFK.
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  - Sadly, "irrelevant" is in the dictionary.  boloboffin   Apr-05-08 01:35 PM   #9 
  - Is that not amusing?  seemslikeadream   Apr-05-08 02:02 PM   #10 
  - Never let facts get in the way of a good story!  PhD   Nov-04-09 10:42 PM   #98 
  - And we'd have got away with it if it weren't for  Laurier   Apr-05-08 02:12 AM   #4 
  - ..  seemslikeadream   Apr-05-08 09:51 AM   #5 
  - Hm...  k-robjoe   Apr-05-08 11:06 AM   #6 
  - Debunkers: Where's the sarcastic know-nothing response on Uecker?  JackRiddler   Apr-05-08 03:16 PM   #11 
  - Whatever happened to Dan Moldea?  Octafish   Apr-05-08 06:36 PM   #12 
  - I haven't seen him on my TV  seemslikeadream   Apr-05-08 08:08 PM   #13 
  - Moldea wrote 'Dark Victory: Reagan, MCA & the Mob'  Octafish   Apr-06-08 12:55 AM   #15 
     - Apparently making that 'NFL-mafia connection' got Moldea blackballed  MinM   Apr-07-08 06:55 PM   #27 
        - Dan Moldea and the DC Madam  MinM   May-12-08 07:41 AM   #75 
           - Looks like Dan Moldea is there is create lies and attest to them -- !!  defendandprotect   Dec-03-11 01:21 AM   #112 
  - Moldea was still being pushed up to a few years ago -- always thought him a player for RW side ....  defendandprotect   Dec-03-11 01:20 AM   #111 
  - Good question! n/t  Hope2006   Apr-06-08 12:50 AM   #14 
  - I've been waiting for the sarcastic know-nothing attack on debunkers.  boloboffin   Apr-06-08 03:16 PM   #17 
     - So it's a, "just another confused eyewitness."  JackRiddler   Apr-06-08 04:20 PM   #18 
        - Counter evidence - the recordings only have Sirhan's eight shots.  boloboffin   Apr-06-08 04:42 PM   #19 
  - point blank range  sabbat hunter   Apr-06-08 12:44 PM   #16 
     - You don't link...  JackRiddler   Apr-06-08 05:00 PM   #20 
     - here is a link  sabbat hunter   Apr-06-08 05:24 PM   #21 
        - Powder burns  k-robjoe   Apr-06-08 05:47 PM   #22 
        - So, let me make sure I get this straight...  SDuderstadt   Apr-06-08 07:50 PM   #24 
           - Its all very confusing  k-robjoe   Apr-07-08 04:07 AM   #25 
           - I don't think your "source" is particularly believable  SDuderstadt   Apr-07-08 06:27 PM   #26 
              - "false certainty"  k-robjoe   Apr-08-08 04:49 AM   #28 
              - Kill the messenger!  JackRiddler   Apr-08-08 07:26 AM   #29 
                 - Coming from someone down on Moldea, that is a really big LOL! n/t  boloboffin   Apr-08-08 07:53 AM   #30 
                 - Zero still requires addition of $2 metro card for subway ride.  JackRiddler   Apr-08-08 07:56 AM   #31 
                    - Yeah.  boloboffin   Apr-08-08 07:59 AM   #32 
                 - You're assuming what Shanna says is true  SDuderstadt   Apr-08-08 11:05 AM   #33 
                    - No, I'm taking Noguchi's word for it.  JackRiddler   Apr-08-08 11:40 AM   #34 
                       - But since Uecker could not have known the position of Kennedy throughout the event  boloboffin   Apr-08-08 11:48 AM   #35 
                       - Uecker couldn't know, but obviously you do - thanks to Randivision (tm).  JackRiddler   Apr-08-08 11:53 AM   #36 
                          - Uecker was in front of Kennedy, looking at the gun and dealing with Sirhan.  boloboffin   Apr-08-08 01:13 PM   #38 
                          - Field of vision  k-robjoe   Apr-08-08 04:43 PM   #47 
                             - All very true about his field of vision...  JackRiddler   Jan-30-09 04:33 PM   #88 
                          - Bugliosi  k-robjoe   Apr-08-08 01:30 PM   #39 
                             - ... was an early champion of reopening the RFK case against Sirhan Sirhan  MinM   Apr-08-08 01:46 PM   #40 
                             - ...has probably changed his mind between then and now. n/t  boloboffin   Apr-08-08 01:50 PM   #41 
                                - Perhaps ...  MinM   Apr-08-08 02:56 PM   #42 
                                   - Bwa!  boloboffin   Apr-08-08 03:14 PM   #43 
                                   - You are correct...  MinM   Apr-08-08 03:47 PM   #44 
                                   - And it's irrelevant.  JackRiddler   Apr-08-08 03:47 PM   #45 
                                   - Spence, Bugliosi and 40 years later...  MinM   Jun-04-08 08:00 AM   #78 
                             - There was distance and there was the fact gun was in FRONT of RFK ....  defendandprotect   Dec-03-11 01:28 AM   #114 
                       - Show me where Shannan cites a specific source and links to it  SDuderstadt   Apr-09-08 03:36 PM   #49 
                          - Shannan has nothing to do with it. It's Noguchi, the coroner.  JackRiddler   Apr-10-08 11:42 AM   #50 
                             - You need to pay attention, Jack  SDuderstadt   Apr-10-08 12:20 PM   #51 
                                - No, you jumped into a discussion of the bullets and powder burns...  JackRiddler   Apr-10-08 12:31 PM   #52 
                                   - Jesus Fucking Christ, Jack...  SDuderstadt   Apr-10-08 01:01 PM   #53 
                                      - "so Cesar was on the floor"  k-robjoe   Apr-10-08 01:31 PM   #54 
                                      - Thane Eugene Cesar -- a name we need to keep out there for all to see ... !!!  defendandprotect   Dec-03-11 01:31 AM   #115 
                                      - This is an open board, members may respond to any post.  JackRiddler   Apr-10-08 01:55 PM   #55 
                                         - I see neither you nor K-robjoe can answer the question I posed  SDuderstadt   Apr-10-08 03:35 PM   #57 
                                            - Many people saw Cesar with his gun drawn.  JackRiddler   Apr-11-08 09:24 PM   #58 
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                                            - yawn...  JackRiddler   Apr-11-08 11:50 PM   #60 
                                            - No, Jack...  SDuderstadt   Apr-12-08 01:23 AM   #61 
                                            - general agenda.  seemslikeadream   Apr-15-08 11:37 PM   #63 
                                            - Donald Schulman, of KNXT Television  MinM   Apr-16-08 02:37 PM   #64 
                                            - Thanks! n/t  k-robjoe   Apr-16-08 05:27 PM   #65 
                                            - I'd heard that Cesar was the actual assassin. He's alive and well,  ailsagirl   Apr-22-08 02:04 PM   #74 
                                            - Evidently they don't need to eliminate him .... !! But, some say they saw at least  defendandprotect   Dec-03-11 01:36 AM   #116 
           - Who said no one saw it? There were people who saw it ---  defendandprotect   Apr-16-08 09:51 PM   #66 
           - Then name them, D&P and...  SDuderstadt   Apr-17-08 10:21 PM   #72 
           - Here, let me settle this  ResetButton   Aug-06-08 06:12 PM   #84 
              - Aww. Do you need some juice? n/t  boloboffin   Aug-06-08 06:14 PM   #85 
        - Which doesn't answer the question...  JackRiddler   Apr-06-08 06:20 PM   #23 
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  - MLK - William F. Pepper & Judge Joe Brown on NPR - 4.4.2008  seemslikeadream   Apr-05-08 11:47 AM   #7 
  - Thank you ... saved to my favs ---  defendandprotect   Apr-17-08 08:43 PM   #71 
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     - You are welcome.  MinM   Apr-17-08 12:50 PM   #68 
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  - Thank you MinM  seemslikeadream   May-20-08 09:51 PM   #77 
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     - Yes --  defendandprotect   Nov-04-09 03:42 PM   #97 
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