Book Store Signing Report

By Nate Hendley

My book signing for The Boy on the Bicycle at Indigo Yonge & Eglinton in Toronto on Saturday February 23 went very well. Several books were signed and sold and many flyers handed out.

The Boy on the Bicycle is about Ron Moffatt, who was 14-years old in 1956 when he was wrongly convicted of murdering a child in Toronto. The real culprit, serial killer Peter Woodcock, murdered two more children in Toronto before finally being caught.

It’s a shocking true story that involves a coerced confession, a fumbled police investigation and a crusading lawyer who sought to free Ron from custody.

If you couldn’t make the event, The Boy on the Bicycle is now available at Indigo Yonge & Eglinton, second floor, under ‘local authors’.

Indigo Yonge & Eglinton is located at 2300 Yonge Street, just north of the Eglinton subway station at Yonge Street.

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

(The above photo was taken by Jeanne Enright)

All About Cons

By Nate Hendley

I will be giving a presentation on the topic, “The Art of the Con” at S. Walter Stewart library, Toronto on March 5, from 6 – 7 pm.

This presentation is based on my book, The Big Con which was published by ABC-CLIO.

Among other topics, I will be examining:

PONZI SCHEMES – A financial scam in which money from new investors is given to old investors. Money is merely re-circulated and there is no actual investment in anything tangible, such as property, stocks, bonds, etc. Named after 1920s-era Boston swindler Charles Ponzi.

PYRAMID SCHEMES – Similar to a Ponzi scheme, except that a) an actual product or service is often offered for sale and b) participants are turned into perpetrators, by being forced to recruit new “salespeople” and kick a share of their profits upwards. Pyramid schemes fail when it becomes mathematically impossible to recruit new salespeople (something the folks at the apex of the pyramid are fully aware of—which is why this scheme is illegal).

THE NIGERIAN PRINCE EMAIL – Based on an old Victorian scam called “The Spanish Prisoner”, a person receives an email, often from a Nigerian Prince or bureaucrat in a foreign country who claims they have been unjustly imprisoned or stumbled across a huge fortune. If you send them some money (to bribe the prison guards or administrators) they will cut you in on their massive wealth. Needless to say, it’s a con. Nigeria is a popular source for this scam, for reasons I will explain.

Walter Stewart Public Library is located at 170 Memorial Park Avenue, Toronto (near Coxwell and Mortimer Avenues). Click here for more details.

“The Big Con” is available at Chapter’s-Indigo, Amazon and the ABC-CLIO website.

For more information, email Nate at nhendley@sympatico.ca.

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

Toronto Book Store Signing Feb. 23

By Nate Hendley

On Saturday afternoon, February 23, I will be appearing at Indigo Yonge & Eglinton in Toronto to sign my book, The Boy on the Bicycle. The signing is from 12 noon until  early afternoon.

The Boy on the Bicycle is about Ron Moffatt, who was 14-years old in 1956 when he was wrongly convicted of murdering a child in Toronto.

It’s a shocking true story that involves a coerced confession, a fumbled police investigation and a crusading lawyer who sought to free Ron from custody.

The Boy on the Bicycle was released August 2018 by Five Rivers Publishing.

ABOUT THE BOOK: The Boy on the Bicycle is an exceptional read … 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!”—The Miramichi Reader

ABOUT THE SIGNING: Indigo Yonge & Eglinton is located at 2300 Yonge Street, just north of Eglinton Ave. and steps from the Yonge/Eglinton subway stop. Click here for directions.

Come by for a book or a chat.

For more information, email Nate at nhendley@sympatico.ca.

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

Mel Magazine Interview re Scams and Cons

By Nate Hendley

I was recently interviewed by a new publication called Mel Magazine about cons and con artists. Click here to read the article.

Among other things, I discussed how old scams such as the “Spanish Prisoner” letter con have mutated into new frauds such as the Nigerian Prince email. I compared the organizers of the ill-fated Fyre Festival to 19th Century showman and huckster extraordinaire, P.T. Barnum.

I was interviewed because I’ve written a book about scams and fraud called The Big Con. My book looks at scams and scammers such as Charles Ponzi (from whom we get the term “Ponzi scheme”), Bernie Madoff, online romance fraud, disaster fraud, pyramid schemes, medical fakery and other forms of deceit. My book also discusses how to avoid being duped by fraudsters.

On February 12, I will be giving a presentation in Toronto based on The Big Con.

The presentation takes place from 6 – 7 pm on Feb. 12 at S. Walter Stewart Public Library, 170 Memorial Park Avenue Toronto (near Coxwell and Mortimer Avenues).

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Click here for more information about the book.

Click here for more information about the Feb. 12 presentation.

For more information about the presentation, email Nate at nhendley@sympatico.ca.

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

Interested in a True-Crime Talk About “The Art of the Con”?

By Nate Hendley

Librarians, book store owners and anyone who hosts presentations: would you be interested in a true-crime talk on the topic, “The Art of the Con”?

This presentation is built around my book, The Big Con which looks at scams and scammers such as Charles Ponzi (from whom we get the term “Ponzi scheme”), Bernie Madoff, online romance fraud, the Nigerian Prince email, disaster fraud, pyramid schemes, medical fakery and other forms of deceit.

Learn about the tricks of the conman trade and how old scams continue to flourish under new guises. Also learn how to avoid being duped by fraudsters.

I gave a presentation about “The Art of the Con” at Albert Campbell Library in Toronto on November 22, 2018. I have also given this talk to the Probus Club of Kitchener-Waterloo, among other audiences.

Over the years, I’ve made countless presentations in libraries, bookstores, etc., based on other true-crime books I’ve written.

Depending on your needs, my “Art of the Con” talk can range from 60 to 90 minutes in length. I always include a Q and A session with audience members.

The Big Con is available at Toronto Public Library and other libraries throughout North America.

A presentation proposal for this talk has been submitted and registered with the Toronto Public Library system.

The Big Con was published by ABC-CLIO.

ABOUT THE BOOK: “Very readable. The Big Con is one of those books that you can pick up and start reading anywhere. There is an extensive bibliography at the back for further reading suggestions. Mr Hendley has done sceptics a genuine courtesy by assembling the history of frauds, cons, scams and hoaxes into one beautiful volume.” –The Miramichi Reader

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION: “Nate Hendley recently gave a talk about cons and scams at our Probus club. I found that the presentation was very well researched and documented. Nate’s style of delivery is very engaging and informative. Our members really enjoyed the presentation; it was one of the best of the year. It’s obvious that Nate is very well qualified in his area of expertise.”                                                                  –Kerry Long, Probus Club of Kitchener Waterloo, Ontario

For more information about the presentation, email Nate at nhendley@sympatico.ca.

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

Tony Clement, Online Sex Fraud + Big Con Presentation

By Nate Hendley

Looks like there were some arrests made in the Tony Clement ‘sexting’ scandal.

Clement is the Canadian Tory MP who admitted to making “inappropriate exchanges” online, by sending sexually explicit images over the Internet. The pics were then used for alleged blackmail purposes. Click here for details about the scandal and the arrests.

I wrote all about the dangers of online romance/sex fraud in my book, The Big Con.

Among other topics, I covered the sad case of Paul Frampton, an elderly American university professor lured to Bolivia, to allegedly rendezvous with a young, voluptuous bikini model he met on an online dating site, only to become an unwitting drug mule and prisoner in a South American jail.

I am doing a presentation based on The Big Con at S. Walter Stewart Public Library in Toronto, March 5 from 6 – 7 pm.

The cautionary tale of Paul Frampton will be discussed, along with stories about other scams and scammers including Bernie Madoff, Charles Ponzi (from whom we get the term “Ponzi scheme”), the Nigerian prince email, etc.

“The Big Con” is available at Chapter’s and the website of publisher ABC-CLIO:

The presentation takes place from 6 – 7 pm on March 5 at S. Walter Stewart Public Library, 170 Memorial Park Avenue Toronto (near Coxwell and Mortimer Avenues).

For presentation details, click here or email Nate at nhendley@sympatico.ca.

(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)

A Talk About a Forgotten Miscarriage of Justice in Toronto

By Nate Hendley

Librarians, book store owners and anyone who hosts presentations: would you be interested in a true-crime talk based on my book, The Boy on the Bicycle?

The Boy on the Bicycle tells the largely forgotten story of Ron Moffatt, who was 14-years old in 1956 when he was wrongly convicted of murdering a child in Toronto. The real culprit, serial killer Peter Woodcock, murdered two more children before finally being caught.

It’s a shocking true story that involves a coerced confession, a fumbled police investigation and a crusading lawyer who sought to free Ron from custody.

Depending on your needs, my presentation can range from 60 to 90 minutes in length. My talk includes commentary about wrongful convictions, false confessions, interrogation protocols for young offenders and a Q and A session with audience members.

I gave a well-received presentation based on my book at Toronto’s Parkdale Library on January 12, 2019. This talk was sponsored by sponsored by the Sunnyside Historical Society. I have also given presentations based on The Boy on the Bicycle at Toronto Reference Library,  the James L. McIntyre Centennial Library in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and to a LIFE Institute class at Ryerson University.

The Boy on the Bicycle is available at Toronto Public Library and other libraries throughout Canada.

I am available to speak at libraries, schools, bookstores, etc. in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

A presentation proposal for this talk has been submitted and registered with the Toronto Public Library system.

The Boy on the Bicycle was released August 2018 by Five Rivers Publishing.

ABOUT THE BOOK: The Boy on the Bicycle is an exceptional read … 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!”—The Miramichi Reader

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION: “Nate Hendley spoke at the LIFE Institute at Ryerson University. He was invited to speak and discuss his recent book, The Boy on the Bicycle. Nate spoke passionately about the case as he knows the individual who was wrongfully convicted. He was able to give a personal perspective on the case in addition to the well-researched and written material in the book. —Sandy Kingston, LIFE Institute, Course Co-Coordinator

Interested in booking Nate for a presentation? Email him at nhendley@sympatico.ca.  

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

 

“Art of the Con” Presentation

By Nate Hendley

I will be giving a presentation March 5 in Toronto based on my book, The Big Con.

This book looks at scams and scammers such as Charles Ponzi (from whom we get the term “Ponzi scheme”), Bernie Madoff, online romance fraud, the Nigerian Prince email, disaster fraud, pyramid schemes, medical fakery and other forms of deceit.

Learn about the tricks of the conman trade and how old scams continue to flourish under new guises. Also learn how to avoid being duped by fraudsters.

The presentation takes place from 6 – 7 pm on March 5 at S. Walter Stewart Public Library, 170 Memorial Park Avenue Toronto (near Coxwell and Mortimer Avenues).

Free and open to the public.

The Big Con was published by ABC-CLIO.

ABOUT THE BOOK: “Very readable. The Big Con is one of those books that you can pick up and start reading anywhere. There is an extensive bibliography at the back for further reading suggestions. Mr Hendley has done sceptics a genuine courtesy by assembling the history of frauds, cons, scams and hoaxes into one beautiful volume.” –The Miramichi Reader

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION: “Nate Hendley recently gave a talk about cons and scams at our Probus club. I found that the presentation was very well researched and documented. Nate’s style of delivery is very engaging and informative. Our members really enjoyed the presentation; it was one of the best of the year. It’s obvious that Nate is very well qualified in his area of expertise.” -Kerry Long, Probus Club of Kitchener Waterloo, Ontario

For more information about the presentation, email Nate at nhendley@sympatico.ca.

(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)

 

 

Looking Back at 2018

By Nate Hendley

Biggest professional achievement of 2018?

For me it, was finally seeing the release of The Boy on the Bicycle, my account of the largely forgotten 1956 wrongful murder conviction of 14-year Ron Moffatt of Toronto.

Ron was falsely accused of murdering a child on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE). The real culprit, serial killer Peter Woodcock, murdered two more children in Toronto before finally being caught.

Thank you, Ron for trusting me to share the details of your awful ordeal. It was an honour to tell your story.

Thank you, Lorina at Five Rivers Publishing for releasing this book.

Thank you, media outlets, including CBC Radio One, CTV Northern Ontario, Sootoday and the Sault Star which reported on Ron’s case in 2018. Anna Maria Tremonti, host of CBC Radio: The Current did a great episode about the story, with interviews from both Ron and I.

Click here to read an online CBC story which includes the Current interview.

Thank you, Win Wahrer, of Innocence Canada, for your interest in this story and inviting Ron and his wife, Debbie, to take part in Wrongful Conviction Day 2018 at Osgoode Hall.

I look forward to continuing to spread the word about Ron’s story, wrongful convictions and police protocols for interrogating young offenders into 2019.

The Boy on the Bicycle is available @ Amazon, Chapters and the website of 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)

(Photograph: Ron Moffatt, left and Nate Hendley, right, at the James McIntyre Library book launch in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, November 24, 2018. Photo taken by Joshua Richards. Used with permission).

 

 

Murder at the CNE – Toronto Library Presentation

By Nate Hendley

The Sunnyside Historical Society presents:

MURDER AT THE CNE

January 12, 2019 @ 2 pm

Parkdale Library, Toronto

On a September night in 1956, a 7-year-old child was brutally murdered on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition. Police accused 14-year-old Ronald Moffatt of the crime, forcing a confession from him. Problem was, Ron was innocent and the actual killer murdered two more children before being caught.

Author and crime specialist Nate Hendley explores the story that had all of Parkdale on edge with a reading from his latest book The Boy on the Bicycle, followed by a Q&A!

Part of the Sunnyside Historical Society’s True Crime Series.

Parkdale Library is located at 1303 Queen Street West, Toronto

 

 

 

True Crime Story from the 1950s

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Warning:

Mature subject matter – parental guidance advised

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How did the detectives fumble this investigation?

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Was there an apology for the wrongful incarceration?

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Could the same thing happen today?