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Vanity Fair Series Covers Imposter Anna Delvey

NOVEMBER 20/2019 – The latest episode in Vanity Fair magazine’s online series about cons and fraud artists has gone live.

This episode looks at Anna Sorokin, aka Anna Delvey, a young woman who pretended to be very rich, while racking up huge, unpaid bills.

For a brief time, Sorokin/Delvey fooled the upper crust of Manhattan into thinking she was one of them.

I was interviewed for the series because I wrote a textbook called The Big Con about scams and scam artists.

The Big Con is available through KoboAmazon and publisher ABC-CLIO.

Click here to watch the Anna Delvey episode.


U of Toronto Bookstore Carries My Titles

NOVEMBER 15/2019 – Print copies of two of my books (both about wrongly convicted teenagers) are now available at the University of Toronto Bookstore (214 College Street, Toronto).

The books in question are Steven Truscott: Decades of Injustice and The Boy on the Bicycle: A Forgotten Case of Wrongful Conviction in Toronto.

Both of these books were released by Five Rivers Publishing.

Steven Truscott was 14 years-old in 1959 when he was wrongly convicted of murdering a classmate in small-town Ontario, despite a lack of physical evidence against him.

Ron Moffatt was 14 years-old in 1956 when he was wrongly convicted of murdering a child on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition. Moffatt was convicted on the basis of a coerced confession made during a police interrogation conducted without a lawyer or parent present. Sadly, the real killer, Peter Woodcock, murdered two more children in Toronto before finally being caught and convicted.

Moffatt and Truscott were eventually acquitted.

Click here to see both books in the University of Toronto Bookstore catalogue.


Part Two of Vanity Fair Interview Goes Live

NOVEMBER 14/2019 – This summer, I was interviewed by Vanity Fair magazine for an online series about cons and con artists.

Part two of the first episode in the series, which looked at Rick Singer and college admissions scandal (in which rich, well-connected parents paid large sums to get their kids into the school of their choice) is now available.

Part two of the first episode went live on Vanity Fair’s Facebook page, October 28, 2019.

Click here to watch.

I was asked to take part in the series because I wrote a textbook called, The Big Con, which examines confidence tricks, fraud and various scam artists.

The Big Con is available through KoboAmazon and publisher ABC-CLIO.


Nate Interviewed By Vanity Fair

NOVEMBER 1/2019 – I was interviewed by Vanity Fair magazine for an online series about cons and con artists.

The first episode of the series looked at the recent college admissions scandal (in which rich, well-connected parents paid large sums to get their kids into the school of their choice).

This episode went live on Vanity Fair’s Facebook page, October 23, 2019.

Click here to watch.

I was asked to take part in the series because I wrote a textbook called, The Big Con, which examines confidence tricks, fraud and various scam artists.

The Big Con is available through KoboAmazon and publisher ABC-CLIO.


Podcast Examines Century-Old Toronto Murder

OCTOBER 23/2019 – The brutal slaying of Joseph Rosenthal, a Jewish scrap metal merchant in Toronto in 1912, was a savage act in a city with a very low crime rate compared to today.

Rosenthal’s death sparked an unprecedented public campaign to spare his killer from the noose–a campaign supported by the victim’s own son, out of a sense of mercy.

This case was a media sensation a century ago.

I researched and wrote an article about Rosenthal’s murder, which was turned into a podcast script by the very talented Kristi Lee of the Canadian True Crime podcast.

Click here to listen to the episode.


True Crime, Eh?

OCTOBER 9/2019 – I will be moderating a panel of true-crime writers November 13, 2019 at Toronto Reference Library

“This event is part of the eh List series at Toronto Public Library, where we present conversations on Canadian literature and culture with award-winning authors, poets, journalists and exciting new voices,” states the TPL website.

The event is entitled, “True Crime Stories: A Dialogue”. To this end, panel members will discuss the cases that inspired their books and what intrigues (and frightens) them about the true-crime genre.

Panelists include:

James Dubro – An expert on organized crime in Canada.

Dr. Lee Mellor – An academic, podcast host and author of books about serial killers.

Lorna Poplak – Author of the acclaimed book, Drop Dead: A Horrible History of Hanging in Canada.

The discussion takes place between 7 – 8 pm in the Atrium of Toronto Reference Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Toronto Reference Library is located downtown at 789 Yonge Street (near Yonge and Bloor Streets).

Click here for event details.


Brothers and Sisters – Crime Panel in Toronto

OCTOBER 7/2019 – I will be taking part in a panel discussion sponsored by the Toronto chapter of Sisters-in-Crime on November 21, 2019 in Toronto.

Details (from the Sisters-in-Crime website):

Is reading a historical mystery fiction novel good way to find out about events in history? Find out the answer to this and many other questions as we convene a panel of authors writing in the genre:

• Nate Hendley (non-fiction)

• Lorna Poplak (non-fiction)

• Ann Shortell (fiction)

• Caro Soles (fiction)

• Sylvia Warsh

The presentation takes place at 7 pm in room 200 at the Toronto Public Library, Northern District Branch, located at 40 Orchard View Blvd (off Yonge, north of Eglinton Avenue).

Everyone is welcome to attend. Please note: a $5 fee is charged for non-members.


Podcast Interview About Wrongful Convictions

OCTOBER 2/2019 – The Twisted Podcast has released a new episode about my book, The Boy on the Bicycle: A Forgotten Case of Wrongful Conviction in Toronto

My book examines the story of Ron Moffatt, who was wrongly convicted of murder at age 14 in Toronto in 1956, based largely on a false confession he made under duress.

The episode features an interview with me, comments from Ron and insights on the phenomenon of false confessions (which happen much more frequently than you might think). Podcast host John Taylor discusses how aggressive police interrogation methods such as the controversial Reid Technique can induce suspects to confess to crimes they didn’t actually commit.

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

Copies are also available at Indigo Yonge – Eglinton (2300 Yonge Street, Toronto) and Indigo Bay – Bloor (Manulife Centre, Toronto), among other locales.

To listen to the podcast, click here.


Talk About Bad Men

I will be giving a presentation about notorious gangsters Al Capone and Dutch Schultz at High Park Library in Toronto, at 6:30 pm on October 29, 2019.

The event, part of the Sunnyside Historical Society’s True Crime Series, is open to the public.

My short book, Al Capone: Chicago’s King of Crime is available at Amazon and Kobo

My short book, Dutch Schultz: The Brazen Beer Baron of New York is available at Amazon and Kobo.

(Nate Hendley is a Toronto-based journalist, speaker and author. His website http://www.natehendley.com/ offers more details about his books and background)


Meet Nate at Toronto’s Word on the Street 2019 Festival

I will be working a shift at the Crime Writers of Canada booth at Toronto’s Word on the Street literary festival on Sunday September 22 from 1 – 2:15 pm.

For those who don’t know, WOTS is a huge, outdoor literary jamboree that features publishers, writers, editors, writers groups and media outlets, hosting booths and giving presentations.

The event takes place at the Harbourfront Centre, located at 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto (right on Lake Ontario).

You can find the CWC at Booth #WB4 in the “Writers Associations” section.

C’mon by to say ‘hi’ or buy an autographed book.

The above photograph was taken at the CWC booth at Word on the Street 2015.

(Nate Hendley is a Toronto-based journalist, speaker and author. His website http://www.natehendley.com/ offers more details about his books and background)


Five Star Review From Fellow Crime Writer

By Nate Hendley

JULY 5, 2019 – Crime writer Dean Jobb has posted a five-star review of The Boy on the Bicycle: A Forgotten Case of Wrongful Conviction on Goodreads.

Here is the review: “Toronto crime writer and journalist Nate Hendley exposes Ron Moffatt’s never-before-told story of wrongful conviction and injustice. As a teenager in the 1950s, Moffatt confessed to murdering a child he had never met – scared and intimidated, he agreed with his interrogators as they walked him through his ‘crime.’

He spent almost a year in custody before the real murderer was caught. Moffatt has never received an apology for his mistreatment, let alone monetary compensation for an ordeal that derailed his life for years.

Hendley tells this important and disturbing story with objectivity and restraint, letting the facts speak for themselves as the reader’s sense of outrage builds.”

The Boy on the Bicycle examines the 1956 wrongful murder conviction of 14-year old Ron Moffatt in Toronto. It can be purchased at Chapters-Indigo, Amazon and directly through publisher, Five Rivers.  

Jobb is the acclaimed author of the book, Empire of Deception.

Click here to see the review at Goodreads.   


Dutch Schultz: The Brazen Beer Baron of New York Now Available as Audio-Book

Posted on July 2, 2019

By Nate Hendley

My book, Dutch Schultz: The Brazen Beer Baron of New York, is now available as an audio-book.

An eccentric loner, Schultz rose to power through bootlegging, restaurant extortion and the numbers racket. He was shot in a New Jersey restaurant in 1935 along with three other cronies, dying shortly thereafter in hospital.

Dutch Schultz: The Brazen Beer Baron of New York was narrated and produced by John Campagna.

The audio production runs three hours and 18 minutes and can be purchased at Audible, iTunes and Amazon.

Two of my other books, about Al Capone and wrongly convicted small-town Ontario teenager Steven Truscott are also available as audio-books. Click here for details.


New Film Takes Police Perspective in Hunt for Bonnie and Clyde

Posted on June 14, 2019

By Nate Hendley

I recently watched, The Highwaymen on Netflix.

This new film focuses on the hunt for bandits Bonnie and Clyde in the 1930s, as led by former Texas Rangers Frank Hamer (played by Kevin Costner) and Maney Gault (played by Woody Harrelson).

Taut and well-made, The Highwaymen is an excellent corrective to Arthur Penn’s wildly popular 1967 movie, Bonnie and Clyde, which depicted the duo as glamorous scofflaws with a Robin Hood mentality.

In real-life, Bonnie and Clyde were a pair of murderous sociopaths who primarily robbed gas stations and grocery stores and gunned down small-town cops in cold blood. The Highwaymen shows Bonnie and Clyde in all their feral nastiness—ambushing police and executing them with glee.

The movie gets other small details right (Clyde’s weapon of choice was the fantastically lethal Browning Automatic Rifle for example, not the Thompson sub-machine gun, as is commonly depicted).

In the Arthur Penn movie, Bonnie and Clyde are killed in a roadside attack when a posse led by Hamer open fire without warning from hiding spots. In The Highwaymen, Hamer confronts Bonnie and Clyde and orders their surrender. Hamer and his fellow policemen (who also step out of hiding) only start shooting when Clyde reaches for his gun.

While it’s unclear which movie offers a more accurate portrayal of Bonnie and Clyde’s deaths, The Highwaymen goes a long way in deglamorizing a pair of awful killers.

I wrote about Bonnie and Clyde’s crime spree in my book, Bonnie and Clyde: A Biography, published by ABC-CLIO. My book is available at Amazon and the ABC-CLIO website, among other sources. Click here to watch The Highwaymen movie trailer.


The Minerva Reader Reviews “The Boy on the Bicycle”

Posted on June 11, 2019

By Nate Hendley

The Minerva Reader has posted a nice review of The Boy on the Bicycle: A Forgotten Case of Wrongful Conviction in Toronto (my book about Ron Moffatt, who was wrongly convicted of murder at age 14 in Toronto, in 1956):

“Intriguing, immediately engaging, often disturbing and filled with fascinating facts … The Boy on the Bicycle is written with such vivid attention to detail that this story of injustice and human cruelty will live in your mind long after you’ve read it. This is true-crime at its finest.”

Click here and scroll down to read the full review.

The Boy on the Bicycle was released by Five Rivers Publishing based in Neustadt, Ontario.

The Boy on the Bicycle can be purchased through Amazon, Chapters-Indigo and the Five Rivers website. Copies are also available at Indigo Yonge-Eglinton (2300 Yonge Street, Toronto).


Arthur Ellis Crime Book Awards

Posted on May 24, 2019

By Nate Hendley

The Crime Writers of Canada hosted the Arthur Ellis Excellence in Crime Writing book awards last night in Toronto.

My book, The Boy on the Bicycle was nominated in the non-fiction category but alas, did not win. Still, it was an honour to be nominated. The photograph shows me holding my Arthur Ellis Finalist certificate.

Congratulations to Sarah Weinman who won the non-fiction Arthur Ellis award for her book, The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World.

Click here for a list of all the Arthur Ellis winners.

The Boy on the Bicycle examines the 1956 wrongful murder conviction of 14-year old Ron Moffatt of Toronto. It can be purchased online through Amazon, Chapters-Indigo and at select bookstores including Indigo Yonge-Eglinton (2300 Yonge Street, Toronto).


The Miramichi Reader’s “The Very Best!” Book Awards

Posted on May 21, 2019 

By Nate Hendley

Fellow crime writer Ann Shortell has been ‘longlisted’ in The Miramichi Reader’s “Very Best! Book Awards” for her novel, Celtic Knot: A Clara Swift Tale.

Ann was nominated in the category “Best First Book, Fiction or Non-Fiction”.

My own crime book, The Boy on the Bicycle: A Forgotten Case of Wrongful Conviction in Toronto (about the true-life wrongful murder conviction of 14-year old Ron Moffatt of Toronto in 1956) was longlisted previously, in the Miramichi’s Reader’s 2018 book awards, for Non-Fiction.

“These are books that I consider exceptional in some way; books that I enjoyed reading so much that I didn’t want them to end. Or, if it was a non-fiction title, one that is well researched and the author has made it interesting to read, not just pages of facts,” writes Miramichi Reader sage James Fisher.

To read all the longlisted titles, past and present, click here.

The Boy on the Bicycle can be purchased online through Amazon, Chapters-Indigo, publisher Five Rivers and at select bookstores including Indigo Yonge-Eglinton (2300 Yonge Street, Toronto).


True-Crime Talk at Probus Club

Posted on May 15, 2019

By Nate Hendley

I gave a well-attended presentation to members of the Probus Club of Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario on April 30 based on my book, The Boy on the Bicycle: A Forgotten Case of Wrongful Conviction in Toronto.

This book examines the horrifying account of Ron Moffatt, who was 14 years-old when he was wrongly convicted of murdering a child on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in Toronto in 1956. The real culprit, serial killer Peter Woodcock, murdered two more children in Toronto before finally being caught.

Probus Clubs are designed to “provide Fellowship, Friendship and Fun for men and women in their retirement and semi-retirement years” according to the group’s website.

I spoke previously to the Probus Club of Kitchener-Waterloo about my book, The Big Con, which looks at notorious scams and hoaxes.

The Boy on the Bicycle can be purchased online through Amazon, Chapters-Indigo, publisher Five Rivers and at select bookstores including Indigo Yonge-Eglinton (2300 Yonge Street, Toronto). 

(The above photograph was taken April 30, 2019 at my Probus Club lecture)


Crime Book Awards to be Announced May 23

Posted on May 1, 2019

By Nate Hendley

The winners of the Arthur Ellis Awards for Excellence in Crime Writing will be announced May 23, 2019 at a gala event in Toronto.

The Awards are presented by the Crime Writers of Canada, of which I am a member.

My book, The Boy on the Bicycle: A Forgotten Case of Wrongful Conviction in Toronto (about the 1956 wrongful murder conviction of 14-year old Ron Moffatt of Toronto) was nominated for an Arthur Ellis crime-writing award in the non-fiction category.

Coverage of the Arthur Ellis nominations was extensive. Click on any of the following links to view some of this coverage:

CBC Books website

Five Rivers Publishing

The Rap Sheet blog

Quill & Quire

The Boy on the Bicycle was released by Five Rivers Publishing based in Neustadt, Ontario.

It can be purchased through Amazon, Chapters-Indigo and the Five Rivers website. Copies are also available at select bookstores, including Indigo Yonge-Eglinton (2300 Yonge Street, Toronto.


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