The hard-hitting investigative journalist and former NYPD detective John Connolly died Saturday at the age of 78.
The policeman who became a writer was known among media insiders for his endless Rolodex and a unique ability to mingle among Hollywood leaders and stars, rainmakers on Wall Street, police officers, police and the wise.
Connolly was one 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 turned into a Netflix series.
He was also a contributor throughout his career to magazines including Spy, Vanity Fair, Premiere, US Weekly, Radar and New York, and wrote prominent pieces about, among others, Steven Seagal, Heidi Fleiss, Donald Trump, Michael Jackson and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
He had also starred in the documentary “Who Killed Jeffrey Epstein?” for Investigation Discovery. Connolly told The Post in 2020 about his accomplishments about Epstein over the years: “Like all good grifters, he had ways of moving people in directions where they should not go … When they did, they were screwed together.”
As a writer, Connolly had been working on a new book about infamous LA private eye Anthony Pellicano to be called the “Sin Eater”. Pellicano was released in 2019 from federal jail after 16 years behind bars for wiretapping and wiretapping. Prior to Pellicano’s imprisonment, he had previously worked for some of Hollywood’s biggest names, including the late Paramount studio boss Brad Gray, former CAA powerhouse Michael Ovitz and “King of Pop” himself, Jackson.
A friend recalled that when Pellicano once confronted Connolly, the harsh writer told him with a crooked mind: “Meet me at. [famed store] Book Soup in LA, Bring Your Spalding, I Bring My Louisville Slugger. “
Connolly’s longtime partner, music industry veteran Dorothy Carvello, confirmed to The Post that Connolly passed away after a brief illness. There will be a memorial service for spring.