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.
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.
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.
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.
We also talked about my gangster books and The Big Con, my book about scams and scammers. I gave some advice on how to avoid being defrauded (delete all emails from Nigerian Princes who offer to share their fortune with you, in exchange for a little advance money).
Click here to read the interview, which was posted on July 25, 2020.
(Nate Hendley is a Toronto-based journalist, speaker, and author. His website http://www.natehendley.com/ offers more details about his books and background)