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).

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