“Boy on the Bicycle” Interview on YouTube

By Nate Hendley

I was recently interviewed about my book, The Boy on the Bicycle (about Ron Moffatt, wrongly convicted of murder at age 14 in 1956 in Toronto) by Sharon Crawford, for her program, “Crime Beat Confidential”. Moffatt was falsely accused of murdering a child who was actually the victim of notorious serial killer Peter Woodcock.

Sharon is a veteran freelance writer and author of several novels, including a series involving detective Dana Bowman. Her latest novel, Beyond Faith: A Dana Bowman Mystery, was released last year.

The show was posted September 17, 2018 on YouTube and can be seen here.

The Boy on the Bicycle is available at AmazonChapters and through publisher Five Rivers.

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

 

 

 

Hear Wrongly Convicted Ron Moffatt on Impact Statement Podcast

By Nate Hendley

The Impact Statement podcast has released an episode about Ron Moffatt, subject of my new book, The Boy on the Bicycle.

Ron was 14-years old in 1956 when he was wrongly convicted of a Toronto murder that was actually committed by notorious serial killer Peter Woodcock.

Impact Statement aims, in its own words, to “help people tell their stories by giving victims and their families a platform.”

The episode features information from my book and a gripping interview with Ron, who describes what it was like being accused of a terrible crime and interrogated by tough, seasoned detectives without a lawyer or parent present.

The Boy on the Bicycle is available at Amazon, Chapters and through publisher Five Rivers.

Click here to listen to the Impact Statement episode with Ron.

The Impact Statement website is located here: http://impactstatementpod.com/

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

 

Boy on the Bicycle Episode on Canadian True Crime Podcast

By Nate Hendley

A new episode of the Canadian True Crime podcast based on my book, The Boy on the Bicycle has gone live.

The Boy on the Bicycle examines the largely forgotten wrongful murder conviction of 14-year old Ron Moffatt. In 1956, Moffatt was falsely accused and convicted of murdering a child in Toronto. The real culprit was notorious serial killer Peter Woodcock.

Canadian True Crime is hosted by the very talented Kristi Lee. I wrote the script for the episode about Ron’s case.

The podcast episode is available here: https://lnkd.in/d3BcCNz

The Boy on the Bicycle is available at Amazon, Chapters and directly from publisher, Five Rivers.

Earlier this year, Canadian True Crime aired a podcast based on a script I wrote around my book Steven Truscott: Decades of Injustice, which examined a similar wrongful conviction case.

That episode can be heard here: https://tinyurl.com/y7rrgs3v.

Steven Truscott: Decades of Injustice was also released by Five Rivers Publishing.

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

Podcast Review of “The Boy on the Bicycle”

By Nate Hendley

Donna Carrick, Host of the Dead to Writes podcast, reviewed my new true-book, The Boy on the Bicycle, on her August 25, 2018 show.

Here is what Donna said:

“The Boy on the Bicycle came out on August 1, 2018. It’s available at Amazon in print or Kindle edition. This was a fast and fascinating read delving into a case of wrongful conviction in my own city of Toronto. In 1956, 14 year-old Ronald Moffatt was arrested for the brutal murder of seven-year old Wayne Mallette, whose body was found on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition on Toronto’s Lakeshore.

Comprised of actual conversations with Ron Moffatt, police file documents, interviews, original news stories, reports, books and documentaries, this is a compelling tale of how wrongful conviction, false confession and flawed police procedure can conspire to mimic guilt in the innocent.

As a long-time fan of true-crime, this was a story I was aware of but hadn’t previously researched. Hendley’s telling of the tale is crisp and clear with compassion for all of the victims, both the murdered children and the man who spent a year of his youth behind bars, blemished for life by another man’s crimes.

I highly recommend this book to all lovers of the true-crime genre.”

-UPDATED-

I recorded an interview with Donna about The Boy on the Bicycle that aired September 30, 2018.

The interview can be heard on the Dead to Writes website (click here to listen).

This is actually the second interview I’ve done for Donna’s podcast. I was also interviewed for a Dead to Writes episode which aired February 4, 2018 in which I discussed researching and writing true-crime books.

The website for the Dead to Writes podcast is located here: www.deadtowrites.ca

(Nate Hendley is a Toronto-based freelance journalist who has written several books, primarily in the true-crime genre. His website www.natehendley.com offers more details about his books and background).

Stuph File Podcast Interview

By Nate Hendley

I was interviewed by veteran journalist Peter Anthony Holder for his podcast, “The Stuph File Program”.

We discussed my book, The Boy on the Bicycle. This book is about Ron Moffatt, wrongly convicted in Toronto at age 14 in 1956 for a murder that was actually committed by serial killer Peter Woodcock.

The interview went live August 13, 2018.

Here is a link to the website for The Stuph File Program: www.thestuphfilecom.

Here is our interview:

(Nate Hendley is a Toronto-based freelance journalist who has written several books, primarily in the true-crime genre. His website http://www.natehendley.com/ offers more details about his books and background).

 

True-Crime Audio Books

By Nate Hendley

For true-crime fans who would rather listen than read, two of my books, Al Capone: Chicago’s King of Crime and Steven Truscott: Decades of Injustice, are now available as audio-books.

Al Capone: Chicago’s King of Crime has been narrated and produced by John Campagna, a Connecticut native with a connection to the notorious mobster. The production runs four hours and 24 minutes and is available through Audible, Amazon and iTunes.

Steven Truscott: Decades of Injustice is narrated by Douglas James, formerly with CBC, CNN and other international news agencies as well as an award-winning writer and digital content creator. The audio production runs two hours and 47 minutes and is available through Audible, Amazon and iTunes.

For more information, please visit the website of Five Rivers Publishing.

(Nate Hendley is a Toronto-based freelance reporter who has written several books, primarily in the true-crime genre. His website, http://www.natehendley.com/ offers more details about his books and background).

Front Page Story About Moffatt Case in Sault Star

By Nate Hendley

The Sault Star has run a front-page article about Ron Moffatt’s 1956 wrongful murder conviction, based on interviews with Ron and myself.

The Star is the main newspaper in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, where Ron currently resides with his wife, Debbie Speers.

As detailed in my new book, The Boy on the Bicycle, 14-year old Ron was falsely accused of murdering a child on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in September, 1956.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

“The son of Omar and Bette Moffatt didn’t think he’d ever be released from custody. He expected he’d be transferred to the Don Jail in Toronto and hanged when he turned 18. The death penalty wasn’t abolished in Canada until 1976.

“Imagine how terrifying that was for a 14-year-old boy,” said Moffatt.

Mallette’s actual killer was Peter Woodcock, a young serial killer who murdered three children in Toronto and molested others. Hendley calls him ‘one of the worst criminals to emerge in Toronto history.'”

I was pleased that the journalist who interviewed me included my comments about compensation (which I think Ron fully deserves) and police interview protocol with young offenders.

“Hendley wants Moffatt to get financial compensation from the provincial government “for basically messing up his life.”

Canadian law still allows minors to be interrogated by police with no parent or lawyer present. Hendley wants that changed, arguing youth need “special handling.

“Otherwise they do tend to say stuff that isn’t true,” he said.”

Here is the full article: https://www.saultstar.com/news/local-news/murder-pinned-on-sault-man-writes-author.

The Boy on the Bicycle can be ordered through publisher Five Rivers or through Amazon.

(Nate Hendley is a Toronto-based freelance journalist who has written several books, primarily in the true-crime genre. His website http://www.natehendley.com/ offers more details about his books and background).

 

 

Podcast Details Moffatt Wrongful Murder Conviction

By Nate Hendley

I recently took part in a new “Murder Was the Case” podcast to discuss the 1956 wrongful conviction of 14-year old Ron Moffatt of Toronto.

Moffatt was falsely accused of a murder that was actually committed by serial killer Peter Woodcock (pictured above).

My book, The Boy on the Bicycle, describes the case in detail.

The podcast was hosted by true-crime academic and sage Lee Mellor. Veteran crime author Peter Vronsky, who has written about Woodcock as well, also took part.

The Boy on the Bicycle was released August, 2018 by independent Canadian book publisher, Five Rivers.

My book can be ordered through Five Rivers at: http://fiveriverspublishing.com/?page_id=3758 or Amazon at: https://amzn.to/2Nzg7BQ

Link to the podcast: https://murderwasthecase.podbean.com/e/41-the-boy-on-the-bicycle-w-nate-hendley-dr-peter-vronsky-dive-bar/ or https://twitter.com/murderwtcase/status/1024968769850957824

(Nate Hendley is a Toronto-based freelance journalist who has written a series of books, primarily in the true-crime genre. His website http://www.natehendley.com/ offers more details about his books and background).

SooToday Runs Series about Wrongly Convicted Ron Moffatt

By Nate Hendley

SooToday, a website covering news in the Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario area, is running a series of articles about Ron Moffatt, a Sault resident and subject of my book The Boy on the Bicycle.

Ron was 14-years old when he was wrongly convicted of killing a child on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in September, 1956. The conviction was largely based on a coerced confession.

Here’s a snippet of the first article, posted July 24, 2018:

“The amazing story of a 62-year-old wrongful conviction is revealed in a riveting new book, The Boy on the Bicycle, by Nate Hendley, a seasoned true-crime writer and former Ontario regional director with the Professional Writers Association of Canada.”

Two more children were murdered in Toronto before police caught the real killer, notorious sex-offender Peter Woodcock.

In separate trials in spring, 1957, Ron was acquitted and Woodcock convicted.

Ron has lived in Sault Ste. Marie since 1970 and is a retired school caretaker.

“In one respect, however, Moffatt has become somewhat of a Soolebrity,” writes SooToday.com.

The hale 76-year-old is well known around town as the Sault’s cartoonist, featured over the years in the Sault Star, Sault This Week and most recently on SooToday’s Sunday Funny feature.

And this month, Moffatt’s dark secret is now out, with his full knowledge and blessing.”

Here’s the full story:

https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/62-years-ago-sootodays-cartoonist-was-wrongly-convicted-of-murder-990710?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

The Boy on the Bicycle will be released August 1, 2018 by independent Canadian publisher Five Rivers. It can be pre-ordered through the Five Rivers website: http://fiveriverspublishing.com/?page_id=3758 or Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Nzg7BQ

(Nate Hendley is a Toronto-based freelance journalist who has written a series of books, primarily in the true-crime genre. His website http://www.natehendley.com/ offers more details about his books and background).

 

The Boy on the Bicycle Gets Good Review

By Nate Hendley

The Boy on the Bicycle, my new true-crime book about the largely forgotten 1956 wrongful murder conviction of 14-year old Toronto teenager Ron Moffatt has been given a very positive review in The Miramichi Reader.

The Reader offers “independent book reviews for independent readers” in its own words.

Here is the review (republished with permission):

The Boy on the Bicycle: A Forgotten Case of Wrongful Conviction in Toronto by Nate Hendley

July 21, 2018

“Readers of true crime will be happy to hear that Nate Hendley is back with The Boy on the Bicycle (2018, Five Rivers Publishing). This was a project Mr. Hendley had put on hold while finishing his encyclopedic book The Big Con, which was a history of confidence men, hoaxes and frauds from past to present.

The Boy on the Bicycle revisits the murder of seven-year-old Wayne Mallette on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in Toronto 62 years ago in 1956. at the time, the only clue in the case that horrified Torontonians was that of a boy leaving the grounds of the CNE after briefly speaking with a security guard. Unfortunately, a truant young teen named Ronald Moffat was picked up by police and under extreme duress, confessed to the murder and was convicted as a juvenile offender. Although the real killer (and child predator) Peter Woodcock was eventually found and confessed to the killing, thus freeing Ronald, no compensation was forthcoming for the months he spent in detention, his distraught parents using what little money they had to pay legal costs.

How could this have happened? Why did Ronald confess to a crime he didn’t commit? Whatever became of the other principal characters such as Peter Woodcock, the various police investigators and judges? Mr. Hendley does an admirable amount of forensic investigation to get to the many facts of the case and the stories behind the forgotten account of Ronald Moffatt (who fully co-operated with Mr. Hendley in telling his side of the story).

In an interview with the author, Mr. Moffatt was asked: What do you personally hope to get out of the book?

Ron replied: “This year I finally get to be “heard”. I feel that is important as I have lived with this locked up inside of me for over 60 years. The experience of 1956 had a very negative effect on my life. It would be nice if somehow the justice system decided I deserved financial compensation for the wrongful conviction, but I have come to the conclusion that will never happen.”

The Boy on the Bicycle is an exceptional read and serves as a unique time capsule of the times and mores of post-WWII Toronto when murders were rare and sexual predators were practically unheard of. While Ronald Moffatt remains uncompensated for his wrongful conviction, it was Mr. Hendley’s wish to finally tell Ron’s story after these many years, which he has done in a direct, yet compassionate manner. Five stars!

*Please note if you choose to purchase this book through Amazon using the link below I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. If you cannot see the Amazon ad below (if you are using an ad blocker, for instance) here is the link: https://amzn.to/2Nzg7BQ Thanks!”

Here is a link to the review: http://miramichireader.ca/2018/07/boy-on-the-bicycle-review/

The Boy on the Bicycle can also be pre-ordered through publisher Five Rivers: http://fiveriverspublishing.com/?page_id=3758

(Nate Hendley is a Toronto-based freelance journalist and author. He has written several books, primarily in the true-crime genre. His website http://www.natehendley.com/ offers more details about his books and background)