New Crime Book Launch

By Nate Hendley

I am pleased to announce the launch of my new book, The Boy on the Bicycle, about a largely forgotten case of wrongful conviction that took place in Toronto. The case involved a 14 year-old boy, falsely accused of murdering a child on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in 1956.

The launch takes place August 14, 2018 at Toronto Reference Library (details below) starting at 7 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

The launch will feature a reading, a discussion, questions from the audience and (if all goes to plan), a surprise guest.

For information on The Boy on the Bicycle, see my crime blog post here.

For information about the August 14 launch, click here.

(Nate Hendley is a Toronto-based freelance journalist and true-crime author. My website http://www.natehendley.com/ offers more details about my books and background. You can follow me on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/natehendley)

 

Podcast: “Murder Was the Case” Episode on Al Capone + Dutch Schultz

By Nate Hendley

A new episode of the “Murder Was the Case” podcast has gone live.

Murder Was the Case is hosted by the talented true crime author/sage and academic, Lee Mellor. On this episode, Lee and I chatted about prohibition, mob violence and gangsters Al Capone and Dutch Schultz.

The quote in the image above refers to the murder of Chicago crime boss “Big Jim” Colosimo, at the hands of his protégé Johnny Torrio (an event that helped pave the way for Capone’s own rise to power). It’s one of my favourite comments from the podcast.

To hear this quote, check out the podcast on iTunes or Podbean.

You can acquire my book Al Capone: Chicago’s King of Crime through Amazon.ca (Canada), Amazon.com (United States), Chapter’sBarnes and Noble and publisher Five Rivers.

You can acquire my book,  Dutch Schultz: The Brazen Beer Baron of New York, through Amazon.ca (Canada), Amazon.com, (United States), Chapter’sBarnes and Noble and publisher Five Rivers.

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

Podcast: “The Murder of Lynne Harper”

By Nate Hendley

A podcast based around my book about Steven Truscott (small-town Ontario teenager wrongly convicted of murder in 1959) has been posted.

Entitled, “The Murder of Lynne Harper” the podcast is part of the Canadian True Crime series, which is devoted to “telling stories of cruel people who committed heinous acts in Canada.”

Canadian True Crime is hosted by the very talented Kristi Lee, a self-described “Australian who lives in Canada”.

I wrote the script to the podcast from my book Steven Truscott: Decades of Injustice, published by Five Rivers Publishing.

I tried to focus more attention on the victim, Lynne Harper.

The podcast can be heard here: https://canadiantruecrime.ca/episodes/2018/4/23/24-the-murder-of-lynne-harper

Steve Truscott: Decades of Injustice is available through Chapter’sBarnes and NobleAmazon.ca (Canada), Amazon.com (United States), and publisher Five Rivers.

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

My books at Five Rivers – http://fiveriverspublishing.com/?page_id=150

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Cons, Cults, Heavy Metal and “Satanic Panic” — Podcast Interview is Up

By Nate Hendley

A free-ranging interview I did for the podcast “Murder Was the Case” has gone live.

The interview was conducted by true-crime author/academic Lee Mellor.

Lee and I discussed a diverse range of cons and hoaxes, from Ponzi schemes to “Satanic Panic” (the very weird notion in the 1980s that demonic day-care operators were routinely torturing and murdering children), the Judas Priest trial (in which the band was accused of putting backwards “subliminal messages” on a song that induced two teenagers to shoot themselves), the Lonely Hearts Killers (in which a sleazeball con-artist and his overweight, love-starved girlfriend conned and killed a series of older women) and more.

All of these stories come from my book, The Big Con: Great Hoaxes, Frauds, Grifts and Swindles in American History.

The Big Con is available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble or directly from publisher ABC-CLIO.

You can check out the podcast on iTunes or Podbean.

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

Cover Reveal: The Boy on the Bicycle – My Upcoming True-Crime Book

By Nate Hendley

Here’s the cover for my upcoming true-crime book, The Boy on the Bicycle. This book is about Ron Moffatt, a 14 year-old boy wrongly convicted of the murder of a child on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto in 1956. The real offender was notorious serial killer Peter Woodcock.

The Boy on the Bicycle is being released this July by Five Rivers Publishing, a fine Canadian company that has published several of my other true-crime books.

To read more about The Boy on the Bicycle, click here.

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

Musing on Madoff

By Nate Hendley

Last night, I saw the film In God We Trust at the Hot Docs Theatre in Toronto.

It’s a great documentary about jailed financial fraudster Bernie Madoff.

Originally released in 2013, the film was brought back as part of the Hot Docs’ true-crime series.

Bernie L. Madoff Investment Securities (BLMIS) offered consistent 12 – 15 percent returns to investors, regardless of market conditions. Madoff said he owed his success to something called the “split/strike conversion strategy”. In reality, he was running a Ponzi scheme (a scam in which investors’ money is merely recirculated, not invested).

When the 2008 recession hit, Madoff’s investors wanted their money back. He didn’t have it. BLMIS went broke. In June, 2009, Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in jail for his financial machinations.

In God We Trust
suggests Madoff was also money laundering for some unsavoury clients. While never confirmed, the film did point out most Ponzi schemes quickly collapse while Madoff kept his company going for decades.

It’s an interesting premise, that should be explored in more detail by authorities.

I wrote about Ponzi schemes and Madoff in my book, The Big Con: Great Hoaxes, Frauds, Grifts and Swindles in American History.

Click here for information about the movie.

Click here for information about The Big Con, at my publisher’s website.

Nate Hendley is a Toronto-based freelance journalist and true-crime author. My website www.natehendley.com offers more details about my professional background.

My Author Page – Crime Books Galore

By Nate Hendley

Click on this link for my author page at the Five Rivers Publishing website.

This page profiles several of my crime books, including works about:

-Al Capone (Chicago’s crime czar, brought down by his failure to file taxes)

-Dutch Schultz (mercurial Jewish crime boss brought down by other mobsters)

-Steven Truscott (Truscott was a 14 year-old boy wrongly convicted of murdering classmate Lynne Harper in 1959, who spent decades fighting to clear his name)

-the drug methamphetamine (destructive, dangerous and very addictive)

All these books make fine Christmas presents.

(Nate Hendley is a Toronto-based freelance journalist and true-crime author. My website www.natehendley.com offers more details about my professional background).

Video of “Toronto Crime as Local History” Presentation

By Nate Hendley

A video is now available of the November 23, 2017 presentation I took part in on the topic “Toronto Crime as Local History”.

The presentation took place in the atrium of the Toronto Reference Library in front of about 75 people.

My distinguished panelists for this event included Peter Vronsky (veteran crime writer and author of multiple books), Lee Mellor (expert on serial killers) and Robert Hoshowsky (who was launching a new book about the shocking 1977 murder of Toronto shoe shine boy Emanuel Jacques).

I spoke about my books on notorious 1950s-era Toronto bank robber Edwin Alonzo Boyd and Ron Moffatt, a Toronto teenager wrongly convicted for the 1956 murder of a young boy on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE). My book about Moffatt will be released next year by Five Rivers Publishing.

Here is the video of the event (my part begins at the 23 minute mark): href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20zOR4Xd-F4&feature=youtu.be” target=”_blank”>

(Nate Hendley is a Toronto-based author who has written several true-crime books. My website www.natehendley.com offers more details about my books and background).

Interview – “Why I Write About True Crime”

By Nate Hendley

I was interviewed a few years ago by fellow crime writer Rosemary McCracken for her blog. The topic of discussion was why I write about true-crime.

Here’s part of what I said: “I like writing about crime because it lends itself to colourful description and fast-paced writing. Like sex, love and war, crime will never disappear so there will always be a fresh stock of stories to write about. True crime is a wide-reaching genre that allows writers to insert social and political commentary when appropriate. My book on Bonnie and Clyde, for example, discusses the impact of the Great Depression on the United States, and the role fast cars and machine guns played in the criminal demimonde of the day.”

Here’s the whole interview.

(Nate Hendley is a Toronto-based author who has written several true-crime books. My website www.natehendley.com) offers more details about my books and background).

Toronto Crime as Local History – Library Panel Discussion

By Nate Hendley

I will be taking part in a panel discussion in the atrium of Toronto Reference Library tonight with three fellow crime writers. Our topic is, “Toronto Crime as Local History”.

My distinguished panelists include Peter Vronsky (veteran crime writer and author of multiple books), Lee Mellor (expert on serial killers) and Robert Hoshowsky (who is launching a new book about the shocking 1977 murder of Toronto shoe shine boy Emanuel Jacques).

My own books can be found here.

The event is free. There is no need to register: just show up and take it all in.

Click on this link for more deets about the event.

Toronto Reference Library is located at 789 Yonge Street, just north of Bloor Street, near the Bloor Yonge subway station.

(Nate Hendley is a Toronto-based author who has written several true-crime books. My website www.natehendley.comoffers more details about my books and background).