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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.

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