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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-05-08 06:36 PM
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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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