By Nate Hendley
On September 21, 2016, I did a radio interview with Talk Radio Europe about my latest book, The Big Con: Great Hoaxes, Frauds, Grifts and Swindles in American History.
I had a great chat (it was quite insightful being the interviewee for a change). I talked about Joseph Weil (aka “The Yellow Kid”–a notorious old-school con man), the origins of the term “confidence man”, the Nigerian email scam (a modern version of the Spanish Prisoner letter scam), con artists portrayed in movies, etc. Take a listen. The interview was a lot of fun.
Here’s a link to an MP3 file of the interview: http://www.talkradioeurope.com/clients/nhendley.mp3
As published by ABC-CLIO, The Big Con covers everything from financial fraud to online scams, dubious medical remedies and famous con artists. Profiled are the likes of Bernie Madoff, Charles Ponzi (from whose name we get the expression “Ponzi Scheme”), professional hoaxer Alan Abel and other colourful folks. I explore everything from Internet scams to “para-abnormal” fraud (learn how the Fox Sisters became superstars on the supernatural scene by secretly cracking their knuckles), to funeral fraud, malware, psychic surgery and “short” and “big” cons alike.
(Nate Hendley is a Toronto writer and author of several books, primarily in the true-crime genre. His website at www.natehendley.com offers more details about his professional and personal background).