John Connolly, a hard-hitting investigative reporter and former NYPD detective, died Saturday at age 78.
The cop-turned-scribe was known among media insiders for his endless Rolodex and his unique ability to mingle with Hollywood executives and stars, Wall Street rainmakers, politicians, police, and sages.
Connolly was co-author with James Patterson of the 2017 book “Filthy Rich: The Shocking True Story of Jeffrey Epstein – The Billionaire’s Sex Scandal”, which was made into a Netflix series.
He also contributed during his career to magazines such as Spy, Vanity Fair, Premiere, US Weekly, Radar and New York, and wrote important articles on Steven Seagal, Heidi Fleiss, Donald Trump, Michael Jackson and Arnold Schwarzenegger , among others.
He had also appeared in the documentary “Who Killed Jeffrey Epstein?” for the discovery of the investigation. Connolly told the Post in 2020 of his discoveries about Epstein over the years: “Like all good con artists, he had ways of moving people in directions they shouldn’t be going… Once they did , they were screwed.
As an author, Connolly had been working on a new book about infamous Los Angeles private eye Anthony Pellicano, which would be called “The Sin Eater.” Pellicano was released in 2019 from federal prison after 16 years behind bars for wiretapping and racketeering. Before Pellicano was incarcerated, he had worked for some of Hollywood’s biggest names, including the late Paramount studio boss Brad Gray, former CAA power operative Michael Ovitz, and the “king of pop” himself, Jackson.
A pal recalled that when Pellicano once confronted Connolly, the tough author with a wry wit told him, “Meet me at [famed store] Book soup in Los Angeles, bring your Spalding, I bring my Louisville Slugger.
Connolly’s longtime partner, music industry veteran Dorothy Carvello, confirmed to the Post that Connolly died after a brief illness. A memorial ceremony will take place this spring.