Dutch Schultz Book is Born Again

By Nate Hendley

I am pleased to announce that my short book about eccentric New York City gangster Dutch Schultz is being republished in e-book format by Dundurn Press.

From the Dundurn website description:

“While uncouth, unpredictable and unpopular with his mob peers, ruthless gang boss Dutch Schultz was also wildly successful – for a time.”

Dutch Schultz: The Brazen Beer Baron of New York can be pre-ordered at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and the Dundurn Press website.

This title is currently available in audiobook format. You can order the audiobook at Audible, Amazon and iTunes.

Dutch Schultz: The Brazen Beer Baron of New York, is one of four true-crime books I wrote that Dundurn is republishing.

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

True Crime Online

By Nate Hendley

On May 13, I’ll be joining fellow authors Lorna Poplak, Dean Jobb and Norm Boucher for a Crime Writers of Canada panel discussion at the Ontario Association of Library Technicians 2021 online conference.

This virtual event takes place between 12:45 – 1:30 pm Eastern time.

Lorna Poplak is a Toronto-based writer, editor, and researcher. Her two non-fiction books published by Dundurn Press are Drop Dead: A Horrible History of Hanging in Canada and the newly released, The Don: The Story of Toronto’s Infamous Jail.

Dean Jobb is an academic and crime author. His new book The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream recreates the hunt for a Victorian Era serial killer. He is the author of Empire of Deception, the story of a 1920s con man and writes a true crime column for Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine.

Norm Boucher is a former RCMP officer who worked undercover in Vancouver’s heroin scene. This experience became the subject of his memoir Horseplay: My Time Undercover on the Granville Strip.

Register for the OALT conference here.

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

Pistol Panic over Armed “Foreigners” in Ontario

By Nate Hendley

My latest article for TVO.org examines the “pistol panic” that swept Ontario a century ago, prompting some very racist legislation.

At the turn of the 20th Century, two trends worried Canadians: the availability of cheap, mass-produced revolvers and the growing presence of “foreigners” (that is, anyone who wasn’t British-descended).

Newspapers conflated the issues and ran alarmist accounts about “wily aliens” and “foreigners” committing acts of violence with handguns. The media was particularly obsessed with Italians, who were viewed as prone to berserk pistol play.

In response, Ontario passed the pioneering Offensive Weapons Act of 1911, which made it mandatory to get a police permit before purchasing a handgun. A “foreigner” caught without a permit could be deported.

Other provinces passed similar legislation, then Ottawa introduced national police permit rules. American legislators took note and modelled their own statewide handgun licensing laws.

For more about this largely forgotten episode in Ontario history, read my TVO article.

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

Death Comes to a Ponzi King

By Nate Hendley

Financier Bernie Madoff has died in jail.

Madoff was imprisoned for running the largest Ponzi scheme in history according to the New York Times.

So, what exactly is a Ponzi scheme?

I break down the details of this specific financial fraud in my textbook, The Big Con: Great Hoaxes, Frauds, Grifts and Swindles in American History.

The term originated with a real person, Charles Ponzi, a self-taught money-man in the 1920s who offered a fabulous investment opportunity that provided huge dividends—for a time. Ponzi supposedly backed his business with profits from the sale of international postal coupons. He was briefly the toast of Boston and hailed as a financial genius.

For the rest, you’ll have to read my textbook, which was published by ABC-CLIO.

Described as “entertaining and informative” by Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, The Big Con is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and the publisher’s 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)

Triple True-Crime Audio

By Nate Hendley

Three of my true-crime titles are now available in audiobook format.

The titles in question are Al Capone: Chicago’s King of Crime, Dutch Schultz: The Brazen Beer Baron of New York and Steven Truscott: Decades of Injustice.

All three books can be found at Apple, Amazon and Audible.

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

Going Dutch

By Nate Hendley

I was interviewed by the New York Post and Live Science about the documentary “Gangster’s Gold”, which aired November 18, 2020, on PBS.

The documentary examines whether erratic gangster Dutch Schultz buried a treasure box filled with paper money, coins, jewels, and bonds in upstate New York in the mid-1930s. Intrepid treasure seekers are eager to locate this loot.

I offered details about Schultz’s life and legacy for the PBS documentary.

A short book I wrote about Schultz is available in audiobook format at Audible, Amazon and iTunes.

Click here for the New York Post interview. Click here for the Live Science interview. Click here for a preview of the “Gangster’s Gold” episode.  

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

Gangsters and Gold

By Nate Hendley

Did erratic gangster Dutch Schultz bury a treasure prior to his assassination in 1935?

With his enemies closing in, Schultz—a ruthless mobster who made a fortune through bootlegging, extortion and the numbers racket—allegedly stuffed $7 million in cash and bonds (worth over ten times as much today, factoring inflation) into an airtight safe and had it buried in upstate New York.

If true, no one has found this secret stash—so far.

I was interviewed for a TV show about Dutch Schultz and his hidden wealth.

The episode titled, “Gangster’s Gold” airs November 5, 2020, at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on Discovery Science and November 18, 2020, at 10 p.m. (check local listings) as part of Secrets of the Dead series on PBS.

My short book about Schultz is available in audiobook format at Audible, Amazon and iTunes.

Click here for a preview of the “Gangster’s Gold” episode.

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

Tales About Canadian Bank Robbers Told in New Audiobook

By Nate Hendley

True North Heists, an audiobook about Canadian bank robbers, has become a number one bestseller.

In an interview for this audiobook, I discussed Edwin Boyd (the terror of Toronto banks in the early 1950s) and Norman “Red” Ryan (a bank robber who briefly went straight before returning to bank robbing).

The audiobook is narrated by well-known Canadian actor Colm Feore. Released in late October 2020, True North Heists quickly topped the Canadian Audible bestseller list. Click here to listen to a preview.

My short book, Edwin Alonzo Boyd: The Life and Crimes of Canada’s Master Bank Robber, is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Indigo, Kobo, or through publisher, Lorimer.

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

I Can’t Explain

By Nate Hendley

I was interviewed for an episode of The UnXplained, a show on The History Channel hosted by William Shatner.

The episode was called “Great Imposters” and focused on the likes of Clark Rockefeller (a German exchange student who adopted multiple new identities in America), Anna Anderson (who insisted she was a member of the Czar’s royal family), and Ferdinand Demara (who bluffed his way into being hired as a naval surgeon, despite a total lack of qualifications).

I devoted a chapter of my textbook, The Big Con to famous imposters.

The Big Con is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and through publisher ABC-CLIO.

The “Great Imposters” episode aired in October 2020. It can be viewed here (sign in required).

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

Dead to Writes Interview

By Nate Hendley

I did an interview with Donna Carrick about crime-writing for her Dead to Writes video/podcast show.

I discussed my latest book, The Boy on the Bicycle: A Forgotten Case of Wrongful Conviction in Toronto, which examines the case of Ron Moffatt, wrongly convicted of murder at age 14 in Toronto, based largely on a coerced confession.

I also talked about other books I have written and a new project I’m working on.  

The interview was posted on YouTube on July 26, 2020.

Click here to watch.

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