chretien and chretien

Former Prime Minister Jean Chretien with a copy of the children’s book I wrote about him.

A children’s book I wrote about Prime Minister Jean Chretien was nominated for a “Red Maple” award in 2007 by the Ontario Library Association


I was a juror for the 2015 Saskatchewan Book Awards. 


I am an active member of PWAC (the Professional Writers Association of Canada), a national organization promoting the rights of freelance non-fiction writers. I have served as Toronto chapter president and national vice-president of PWAC. I am also a member of CWC (the Crime Writers of Canada) and served as a vice-president of this organization.




I was interviewed by TIME magazine’s online edition for a story on the 50th anniversary of the classic 1967 film, Bonnie and Clyde. The story was posted August 11, 2017. You can read the interview here.

I was interviewed for the podcast Hudson Valley Legends (which focuses on New York state lore) about NYC gangster Dutch Schultz, subject of one of books (available here). The podcast was posted March 6, 2017.

Here’s a link to the podcast:


I have appeared twice on the TV show American Lawmen on the American Heroes channel, offering insights about famous criminals and peace officers.

For the first episode, broadcast February 24, 2016, I was interviewed about Joseph Petrosino, a brave Italian-American police officer who took on organized crime in New York City.

For the second episode, broadcast March 2, 2016, I was interviewed about the wave of bank robbing desperadoes in the 1930s, such as Baby Face Nelson, John Dillinger and Pretty Boy Floyd.


On September 21, 2016, I did a radio interview with Talk Radio Europe about my latest book, The Big Con: Great Hoaxes, Frauds, Grifts and Swindles in American History.

I had a great chat (it was quite insightful being the interviewee for a change). I talked about Joseph Weil (aka “The Yellow Kid”–a notorious old-school con man), the origins of the term “confidence man”, the Nigerian email scam (a modern version of the Spanish Prisoner letter scam), con artists portrayed in movies, etc. Take a listen. The interview was a lot of fun.

Here’s a link to an MP3 file of the interview:


A reading I gave in Toronto about my book on wrongfully convicted Ontario teenager Steven Truscott was covered in The Toronto Observer on December 13, 2013.

Here’s a link to the article:


I took part in a panel discussion on the topic of “Toronto Crime as Local History” at Toronto Reference Library, November, 23, 2017. Here is a link to a video of the discussion (my part begins at the 23 minute mark): Toronto Crime as Local History - Nov. 23, 2017 Panel at TRL