Beatle Bandit Nominated for Heritage Toronto Book Award

By Nate Hendley

My book, The Beatle Bandit was nominated for a Heritage Toronto Book Award 2022.

The Beatle Bandit tells the true-life story of Matthew Kerry Smith, a troubled young veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy who robbed Toronto-area banks to fund a one-man revolution in the early 1960s.

The winning book will be announced in October.

“The 24 nominees for the 2022 Book Award, highlight the breadth and depth of the Greater Toronto Area’s heritage,” explains the Heritage Toronto website.

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

Beatle Bandit Wins Award

By Nate Hendley

I am very pleased to announce that my latest book, The Beatle Bandit has won the Crime Writers of Canada Brass Knuckles Award for Best Nonfiction Crime Book.

These annual awards honour the best in Canadian crime and mystery writing.

The Beatle Bandit tells the true-life story of Matthew Kerry Smith, a troubled young veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy who robbed Toronto-area banks to fund a one-man revolution. A murderous heist committed by Smith in July 1964 fueled a nationwide debate about gun control, insanity pleas, and the death penalty.

Click here for a YouTube video of an interview I did with Crime Writers of Canada about The Beatle Bandit.

Click here for a YouTube video of the online awards ceremony, which was held on May 26, 2022.

As published by Dundurn Press, The Beatle Bandit is available in audiobook, e-book, and paperback formats at AmazonApple BooksBarnes and NobleBook CityChapters-Indigo, and the Dundurn Press website.

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

Beatle Bandit Two-Part Podcast

By Nate Hendley

I wrote a script for a two-part episode of the Canadian True Crime podcast, based on my latest book, The Beatle Bandit.

The Beatle Bandit tells the true-life story of Matthew Kerry Smith, a troubled young veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy who robbed Toronto-area banks to fund a one-man revolution.

A murderous heist committed by Smith in July 1964 fueled a nationwide debate about gun control, insanity pleas, and the death penalty.

As hosted by Kristi Lee, the Canadian True Crime podcast has aired previous episodes based on my accounts of the bank-robbing Boyd Gang and Toronto serial killer Peter Woodcock.

The Beatle Bandit parts one and two aired on March 15 and March 22, 2022, respectively. Click here to listen to both episodes.

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

More Media

By Nate Hendley

I have been doing more interviews about my latest book, The Beatle Bandit which was published in November 2021 by Dundurn Press

The Beatle Bandit tells the story of Matthew Kerry Smith, an intelligent but troubled young veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy who robbed banks to finance a one-man revolution.

On July 24, 1964, Smith put on a Halloween mask and a “Beatles” wig and robbed a bank near Toronto. This violent heist fueled a nationwide debate about guns, insanity pleas, and the death penalty.

Here are my most recent media appearances:

I was interviewed about The Beatle Bandit by Ron Chepesiuk, prolific author and host of Crime Beat, an Internet radio show.

Click here to listen to the interview, which aired on January 27, 2022.

I did a fun author blog interview with Diane Bator about my true-crime books.

Click here to read the interview, which was posted on January 28, 2022.  

I was interviewed about The Beatle Bandit by true-crime authors Alan Warren and Mike Browne for The House of Mystery radio show.

Click here to listen to the interview, which was posted online on January 27, 2022 (my part begins at the 3:50 minute mark).

The Beatle Bandit is available in paperback, e-book, and audiobook formats at Amazon, Chapters-Indigo, and Barnes and Noble.

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

Beatle Bandit Interviews

By Nate Hendley

I have been doing interviews about my new book, The Beatle Bandit.

Published in November 2021 by Dundurn Press, The Beatle Bandit examines a murderous 1964 bank heist near Toronto in which an armed robber disguised himself in a Halloween mask and “Beatles” wig.

Here are my most recent media appearances:

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 Lee Mellor, host of the Murder Was the Case podcast.

Click here to listen to the episode, which aired on November 24, 2021.

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

The interview was posted on October 24, 2021.

Here is the interview:

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