Interviews

I was interviewed by Open Book, a website that “celebrates and profiles Ontario’s non-stop literary scene” in its own words.

Appropriately enough, the interview was conducted in written format. Open Book emailed me questions and I wrote down my responses.

My interview was posted on December 7, 2021, and can be read here.


I was interviewed by Peter Anthony Holder, host of The Stuph File podcast.

We discussed my book, The Beatle Banditwhich is about a murderous 1964 bank heist near Toronto that fueled a nationwide debate about guns, insanity pleas, and the death penalty.   

The interview went live on October 24, 2021.

Here is the interview:


I did an interview about eccentric mob boss Dutch Schultz for a documentary called “Gangster’s Gold” which aired November 18, 2020, on PBS.

I did follow-up interviews about the program with the New York Post and Live Science.  

Click here to watch the Gangster’s Gold episode.


I did an interview about 1950s-era Toronto bank robber Edwin Alonzo Boyd and Norman “Red” Ryan (a bank robber who pretended to reform) for the True North Heists audiobook.

As narrated by Colm Feore, the True North Heists audiobook was released in late October 2020. Click here to listen to a preview.


I did an interview about “Great Imposters” for an episode of The UnXplained, a television show on The History Channel hosted by William Shatner.

I talked about Clark Rockefeller (a German exchange student who adopted new identities in America), Anna Anderson (who claimed to be part of the Czar’s royal family), and Ferdinand Demara (who posed as a naval surgeon, and other occupations).

The episode aired in October 2020.


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, which tells the story of Ron Moffatt who was wrongly convicted of murder in Toronto in 1956 when he was 14-years-old. We also talked about other books I have written.

The interview was posted to YouTube on July 26, 2020, and can be viewed here.


I did an interview with crime authors Alan Warren and Mike Browne for the Los Angeles-based House of Mystery radio show. We discussed my books The Boy on the Bicycle and The Big Con.

The interview aired on March 19, 2020, and can be heard here (my part begins at the 17:40 minute mark).


I did an extensive interview with 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 is about Anthony Gignac. Born into poverty in Colombia, Gignac was adopted by a Michigan family and went on to impersonate a Saudi prince. 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 focuses on “JT LeRoy”, a supposed street hustler turned author.

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 focuses on Anna Sorokin, aka Anna Delvey. Anna was a young woman who racked up huge bills while pretending to be rich.

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 focuses on 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 did an interview with the Twisted Podcast about my book, The Boy on the Bicycle: A Forgotten Case of Wrongful Conviction in Toronto.

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

Here is the interview:


I did an interview with History.com (website for the History Channel) for an article about 1920s-era scams.

The article was published on March 6, 2019, and can be read here.


I did an interview with 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.

The article was published in February 2019 and can be read here.


Ron Moffatt and I did an interview with 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 on December 3, 2018.

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


Ron Moffatt and I did an interview with 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 on November 23, 2018.

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


Ron Moffatt and I did an interview with 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 did an interview with 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 on August 13, 2018.

Here is the interview:


I did an interview 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 on August 6, 2018, and can be read here.


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 on July 5, 2018, and can be read here.


I did an interview with TIME magazine for an article marking the 50th anniversary of the release of the 1967 film, Bonnie and Clyde.

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

The article was posted on August 11, 2017, and can be read here.

Click here.to read the TIME article.


I did an interview with Talk Radio Europe about my 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 on September 21, 2016.

Click here to listen to the interview.


I did an interview with 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 did an interview with the American Heroes television 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.

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.