Interviews

I was interviewed for True North Heists, an audiobook about Canadian bank robbers. I discussed Edwin Boyd (the terror of Toronto banks in the early 1950s) and Norman “Red” Ryan (a bank robber who briefly went straight before returning to bank robbing).

The audiobook is narrated by well-known Canadian actor Colm Feore. Released in late October 2020, True North Heists quickly topped the Canadian Audible bestseller list. Click here to listen to a preview.

My short book, Edwin Alonzo Boyd: The Life and Crimes of Canada’s Master Bank Robber, is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Indigo, Kobo, or through publisher, Lorimer.


I was interviewed for an episode of The UnXplained, a show on The History Channel hosted by William Shatner.

The episode was called “Great Imposters” and focused on the likes of Clark Rockefeller (a German exchange student who adopted multiple new identities in America), Anna Anderson (who insisted she was a member of the Czar’s royal family), and Ferdinand Demara (who bluffed his way into being hired as a naval surgeon, despite a total lack of qualifications).

I devoted a chapter of my textbook, The Big Con to famous imposters.

The “Great Imposters” episode aired in October 2020. It can be viewed here (sign in required).


I did an interview with Donna Carrick about crime-writing for her Dead to Writes video/podcast show.

I discussed my latest book, The Boy on the Bicycle: A Forgotten Case of Wrongful Conviction in Toronto, which examines the case of Ron Moffatt, wrongly convicted of murder at age 14 in Toronto, based largely on a coerced confession.

I also talked about other books I have written and a new project I’m working on.  

The interview was posted on YouTube on July 26, 2020.

Click here to watch.


I was interviewed by the House of Mystery radio show from Los Angeles about my books The Boy on the Bicycle and The Big Con.

The Boy on the Bicycle examines the wrongful murder conviction of 14-year-old Ron Moffatt in Toronto in 1956.

The Big Con examines scams and hoaxes.

The interview aired on March 19, 2020.

Click here for the interview, as conducted by crime author Alan Warren and Mike Browne (host of the podcast, Dark Poutine).

My part begins at the 17:40 minute mark.


I was interviewed by Vanity Fair magazine for multiple episodes of an online series about con artists.  

My textbook, The Big Con, examines various scams. The Big Con is available through Barnes and NobleKoboAmazon and publisher ABC-CLIO.

This episode examines the astonishing life of Anthony Gignac. Born into extreme poverty in Colombia, Gignac was adopted by a Michigan family as a young boy.  

When he got older, he began committing various cons. He impersonated a Saudi Arabian prince and tried to hustle investors out of millions of dollars.

The episode was posted on Vanity Fair’s Facebook page on December 5, 2019.  

Click here to watch part one of the Anthony Gignac episode. Click here for part two.


This episode of Vanity Fair magazine’s online series about con artists tells the strange story of “JT LeRoy”.

For a brief time in the late 1990s, early 2000s, “JT” was the toast of the “edgy” literary set. It was claimed that JT was a teenaged, drug-addicted street-hustler who had endured horrifying sexual and physical abuse.

The episode was posted on Vanity Fair’s Facebook page on November 18, 2019.  

Click here to watch part one of the JT LeRoy episode. Click here to watch part two.


This episode of Vanity Fair magazine’s online series about con artists looks at Anna Sorokin, aka Anna Delvey.

Anna was a young woman who pretended to be very rich while racking up huge, unpaid bills.

The episode was posted on Vanity’s Fair’s Facebook page on November 4, 2019.

Click here for part one of the Anna Delvey episode. Click here to watch part two.


This episode of Vanity Fair magazine’s online series about con artists looks at the college admissions scandal (in which rich parents paid large sums to get their kids into top schools).

This episode was posted on Vanity Fair’s Facebook page on October 23, 2019.

Click here to watch part one of the college admissions scandal episode. Click here to watch part two.


I was interviewed by the Twisted Podcast about my book, The Boy on the Bicycle: A Forgotten Case of Wrongful Conviction in Toronto.

The Boy on the Bicycle tells the story of Ron Moffatt, who was 14-years-old in 1956 when he was falsely accused of murder in Toronto.

The Boy on the Bicycle can be purchased through AmazonChapters-Indigo and the website of publisher, Five Rivers.

The episode was posted to the Twisted Podcast on October 1, 2019.

Here is the interview:


I was interviewed by History.com (website for the History Channel) for an article about 1920s-era scams.

We discussed Charles Ponzi (from whom we get the term “Ponzi Scheme”) and con artists who sold Florida swampland to gullible buyers, among other topics.

My textbook, The Big Con, examines various scams. The Big Con is available through Barnes and NobleKoboAmazon and publisher ABC-CLIO.

The article was published March 6, 2019.

Click here to read the History.com article.


I was interviewed by a new publication called Mel Magazine about cons and con artists. 

We discussed the Nigerian Prince email, the ill-fated Fyre Festival and 19th Century showman extraordinaire, P.T. Barnum.

My textbook, The Big Con, examines various scams. The Big Con is available through Barnes and NobleKoboAmazon and publisher ABC-CLIO.

The article was published February 2019.

Click here to read the article.


Ron Moffatt and I were interviewed by Anna Maria Tremonti, host of “The Current” on CBC Radio.

Ron was 14 years old in 1956 when he was wrongly convicted of murder in Toronto based largely on a coerced confession.

I wrote about Ron’s case in my book, The Boy on the Bicycle: A Forgotten Case of Wrongful Conviction in Toronto.

The interview was broadcast December 3, 2018.

Click here for a link to an online CBC story about the episode which includes the interview.


Ron Moffatt and I were interviewed by Markus Schwabe, host of Morning North on CBC Radio 1.

Ron was 14 years old in 1956 when he was wrongly convicted of murder in Toronto based largely on a coerced confession.

I wrote about Ron’s case in my book, The Boy on the Bicycle: A Forgotten Case of Wrongful Conviction in Toronto.

The program was broadcast November 23, 2018.

Ron is pictured below (photograph taken by Nate Hendley in 2016).

Click here to listen to the interview.


Ron Moffatt and I were interviewed by CTV Northern Ontario.

Ron was 14 years old in 1956 when he was wrongly convicted of murder in Toronto based largely on a coerced confession.

I wrote about Ron’s case in my book, The Boy on the Bicycle: A Forgotten Case of Wrongful Conviction in Toronto.

The program was broadcast on November 21, 2018.

Click here for a CTV online article that contains the television interview.


I was interviewed by veteran journalist Peter Anthony Holder for his podcast, “The Stuph File Program”.

We discussed my book, The Boy on the Bicycle which tells the story of Ron Moffatt who was wrongly convicted of murder in Toronto in 1956 when he was 14-years-old.  

The interview went live August 13, 2018.

Here is the interview:


I was interviewed for a front-page article in The Sault Star about my book, The Boy on the Bicycle

My book tells the story of Ron Moffatt who was wrongly convicted of murder in Toronto in 1956 when he was 14-years old.  

The Star is the main newspaper in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, where Ron currently lives with his wife, Debbie Speers.

The article was published August 6, 2018.

Click here to read the article.


I was one of several true-crime authors interviewed by The Strategist (online newsletter for New York magazine) to recommend books about con artists.

I recommended Empire of Deception by Dean Jobb among other books.

Empire focuses on the astonishing story of Leo Koretz, a Chicago lawyer turned con artist who stole $30 million from investors in the 1920s.

The Strategist article was posted July 5, 2018.

Click here to read the article.


I was interviewed by the online edition of TIME magazine for an article marking the 50th anniversary of the release of the 1967 film, Bonnie and Clyde.

The film is a brilliantly made if inaccurate portrayal of the infamous Depression-era bandits

My book, Bonnie and Clyde: A Biography, is available through AmazonBarnes and Noble, Chapters-Indigo and publisher ABC-CLIO.

The article was posted August 11, 2017.

Click here.to read the TIME article.


I was interviewed by Talk Radio Europe about my latest book, The Big Con: Great Hoaxes, Frauds, Grifts and Swindles in American History.

Among other topics, we discussed old-school swindler Joseph “Yellow Kid” Weil, the Nigerian Prince email and the origins of the term “confidence artist”.

The interview went live September 21, 2016.

Click here to listen to the interview.


I was interviewed for a program called “American Lawmen” on the American Heroes TV channel about Depression-era bandits.

We discussed the FBI’s war on criminals such as Baby Face Nelson, John Dillinger and Pretty Boy Floyd.

I wrote about the FBI’s campaign in my book, American Gangsters: Then and Now, which is available through Amazon, Barnes and NobleGoogle Books and publisher ABC-CLIO.

The episode (titled “FBI’s Melvin Purvis Leads Massive Manhunt for America’s Most Dangerous Men”) aired on March 2, 2016.

Click here to see a list of episodes in the “American Lawmen” series.


I was interviewed by the American Heroes TV channel about Joseph Petrosino, a brave policeman who fought the Black Hand extortion racket in New York City and the Mafia in Sicily.

My book, The Mafia: A Guide to an American Subculture, is dedicated to Petrosino who was assassinated in Sicily in 1909. Petrosino is the only New York City policeman ever killed on a foreign mission.

My book is available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Chapters-Indigo and directly from publisher ABC-CLIO.

The episode (titled “Petrosino Vs The Mafia”) aired on February 24, 2016.

Click here to see a list of episodes in the “American Lawmen” series.