TRUE CRIME CANADA INTERVIEWS

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Oct 28, 2022

ALVIN A.J.ESAU

Author

Alvin Esau, B.A. (Alberta.); G. Dip. C.S. (Regent): J.D. (Alberta); LL.M. (Harvard) taught law for more than 30 years at the University of Manitoba. At various times he was the Head of the University of Manitoba Legal Research Institute, Director of Graduate Legal Studies, Bencher of the Law Society of Manitoba, and Chancellor of the Diocese of Keewatin. He has also been a visiting professor at U.B.C Law School, St. John’s College, and the University of Victoria.

He is one of the Canadian pioneers in the development of the mandatory teaching of professional ethics at law school using a more critical approach that focuses on lawyer’s lives and professional community contexts. He delivered the first Murray Fraser Lecture on Professional Responsibility at the University of Victoria on “Conscientious Objection in the Practice of Law.”

About the Interview:

Interview with Alvin A.J. Esau about his newest book The Gorilla Man Strangler Case: Serial Killer Earle Nelson

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Oct 24, 2022 

NATHAN M. GREENFIELD

Author

For three years during the Second World War, 12,000 Nazis were held in a prisoner-of-war camp at the edge of Medicine Hat, an isolated city of 12,000 people on the bald Canadian prairie. The camp and the townsfolk lived cheerfully side-by-side until two men were beaten and hanged by their fellow prisoners and no one on the scene would admit to knowing anything about the crimes. RCMP investigators infiltrated the camp and discovered the existence of a shadow Nazi government, complete with its own Gestapo responsible for enforcing discipline and loyalty to the Fuhrer. Suspects were identified. Charges were laid. A series of gripping trials resulted in the last mass hanging in Canadian history. Now, eighty years after the fact, acclaimed historian Nathan Greenfield presents stunning new evidence that raises grave questions about whether justice was served on either side of the wire in Medicine Hat.

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March 25 ,2022

WAYNE HOFFMAN 

 Author

Wayne Hoffman is the author of The End of Her: Racing Against Alzheimer's to Solve a Murder, due out in February 2022 from Heliotrope Books.

He has published three novels: Hard and its sequel An Older Man are both published by Bear Bones Books, while the Stonewall Book Award-winning Sweet Like Sugar is published by Kensington Books. He is also a contributor to several anthologies.

By day, Wayne is a journalist: His cultural reporting has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Village Voice, The Nation, The Forward, Billboard and The Advocate. He is executive editor of Tablet Magazine.

A native of Silver Spring, Maryland, he currently lives in New York City and the Catskills

About the Interview:

Interview with Wayne Hoffman  about his latest book The End of Her: Racing Against Alzheimer's to Solve a Murder

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Jan 22, 2022

NATE HENDLEY

Author

Nate Hendley is a Toronto-based freelance journalist and author. He has written several non-fiction books, primarily in the true-crime genre. His books have examined wrongful murder convictions ("The Boy on the Bicycle"), scams and hoaxes ("The Big Con"), and organized crime ("The Mafia: A Guide to an American Subculture"), among other topics.

Nate's most recent book, "The Beatle Bandit" is about Matthew Kerry Smith, an intelligent but troubled veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy who robbed Toronto-area banks in the early 1960s to finance a one-man revolution.

About the Interview:

Interview with Nate Hendley  about his newest book The Beatle Bandit 

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Sept 6,2021

JIM VAN ALLAN

Criminal Profiler OPP

Jim Van Allen is a Certified Profiler and experienced Threat and Risk Assessment Specialist. As a consultant with ISN, Jim works with orgnaizations and indviduals to provide specialized risk assessment strategies and designs appropriate response plans. He has over 31 years of experience in law enforcement and investigations, with the Ontario Provincial Police, 15 of which were spent as the Manager of the OPP Criminal Profiling Unit. Jim is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, and was invested as a Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces by Her Excellency the Right Honorable Michealle Jean, Governor General of Canada.

About the Interview:

Interview with Jim Van Allan about some of his profiling cases during his time with the Ontario Police Department 

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July 27 ,2021

DEAN JOBB

 Author

I specialize in true crime and I'm drawn to stories that have been overlooked or forgotten - hidden gems tucked away in the attics of history. My latest book, The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream, recreates Scotland Yard's hunt for a Victorian Era serial killer who murdered as many as 10 people in Britain, the U.S. and Canada. I discovered the subject of my previous book, Empire of Deception - Leo Koretz and his amazing oil swindle in 1920s Chicago - by chance, while doing other research. I spotted a reference to his arrest in Nova Scotia and I knew instantly it was a great story.

About the Interview:

Interview with Dean Jobb about serial killers and his book The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream: The Hunt for a Victorian Era Serial Killer

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April 20, 2021

ROBERT HOSHOWSKY

Author

Robert J. Hoshowsky's most recent True Crime book, OUTRAGED: The Murder of Shoeshine Boy Emanuel Jaques, documents one of the most infamous murders in Canadian history. Set against the seedy backdrop of Toronto's Yonge Street in the 1970s and its many sex shops and body rub parlors, OUTRAGED examines not only Emanuel's brutal death, but the circumstances resulting in Yonge Street's demise and resurrection through extensive original interviews, police and court transcripts, and hundreds of previously unpublished documents and photos.

 

The author of three books, Hoshowsky's previous bestsellers include the Arthur Ellis Award-nominated The Last to Die: Ronald Turpin, Arthur Lucas, and the End of Capital Punishment in Canada, and Unsolved: True Canadian Cold Cases.

About the Interview:

Interview with Robert Hoshowsky about serial killers and his books 

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Mar 4,2021

PETER VRONSKY

 Author

Peter Vronsky is an author, filmmaker and investigative historian. He is the author of three definitive bestselling books on the history and psychopathology of serial homicide and its investigation: Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters (2004), Female Serial Killers: How and Why Women Become Monsters (2007) and Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present (2018).

About the Interview:

Interview with Peter Vronsky about serial killers and his book American Serial Killers: The Epidemic Years 1950-2000

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Aug 8, 2019

LISA FREEMAN

Author

For the past twenty-one years, Lisa has put the trauma of her father’s brutal murder behind her and has built a happy, stable life for herself. Suddenly, all that is in jeopardy when she receives a letter from the Parole Board of Canada. Despite a sentence of Life Imprisonment, Lisa learns that her father’s killer is able to begin the parole process well before he reaches the twenty-five-year eligibility mark. She needs to prepare a Victim Impact Statement and brace herself to see her father’s killer again.

About the Interview:

Interview with Lisa Freeman about her book She Wont be Silenced

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Mar 21, 2019

HAL CUNNINGHAM

Retired Police/ Author

Just A Cop is a rare memoir written by a street level cop, Hal Cunningham, who witnessed this transformation first hand. Beginning his career in 1973 as an unarmed cadet, Cunningham earned his way through the ranks from a constable on patrol, to undercover street intelligence officer, and eventually to the rank of Staff Sergeant and Platoon Commander.

This memoir is a first of its kind. Through the eyes of a frontline police officer who’s been there and witnessed much, it offers a raw look at how “Toronto the Good” changed into a 'mean streets' city whose per capita murder rate is now higher than that of New York City

About the Interview:

Interview with Hal Cunningham about serial killers and his book Just a Cop

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July 4, 2018

PETER VRONSKY

Investigative Historian & Bestselling Author

PETER VRONSKY is an investigative historian, author, filmmaker, and new media designer. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in criminal justice history and espionage in international relations. Peter Vronsky is the author of two bestselling criminal histories Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters (2004) and Female Serial Killers: How and Why Women Become Monsters (2007).  His new book on the history of serial killers Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers From the Stone Age to the Present will be published by Berkley Books at Penguin Random House in August 2018.

About the Interview:

Interview with Dr. Peter Vronsky about serial killers and his upcoming book Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers From The Stone Age to the Present

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Jan. 18, 2018

ROBERT J HOSHOWSKY

Award-winning True Crime Author

True Crime Author Robert Hoshowsky's bestselling work include the Arthur Ellis Award-nominated The Last to Die: Ronald Turpin, Arthur Lucas, and the End of Capital Punishment in Canada, and Unsolved: True Canadian Cold Cases. Hoshowsky is published in over 100 magazines and newspapers worldwide. He has profiled serial killers including Jeffrey Dahmer, John Christie, Leonard Lake, Charles Ng, Sheila Labarre, and Andrei Chikatilo. A former Researcher-Reporter at Maclean's magazine, Hoshowsky regularly appears on television discussing unsolved murders and disappearances, most recently as an on-camera expert for Hours to Kill, a new 26-part True Crime murder series airing worldwide.

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Jan. 18, 2018

EDWARD BUTTS

True Crime Author

The Mad, Bad and Dangerous: Volume I, is a collection of true stories about murders committed by men from widely differing backgrounds. One was the spoiled, eccentric son of wealthy parents. At the opposite end of the social spectrum was an impetuous rural youth who was a petty thief, obsessed with the power of a gun. The suspect in the massacre of almost an entire family was a farm boy with a history of mental illness. Another youth with a disturbing past stalked young women. A band of criminal brothers made a cold, calculating decision to permanently silence a witness. These men were separated by time and place, but had one thing in common. They were killers!

About the Interview:

Interview with EDWARD BUTTS discussing his book THE MAD, BAD AND DANGEROUS : VOLUME 1

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Dec 15, 2017

JOSEPH LAPELLO

True Crime Author

Become entwined in a story of a young man’s undying love for a woman, which would drive him to participate in illegal alcohol smuggling during the prohibition era. Carmine was a self employed taxicab driver who became caught up with notorious people, in a small immigrant community of Toronto Ontario Canada, known as “The Ward”. Circumstances would change for the worse, turning this young man from a secretive life of crime, to that of a police informant, and eventually, paying the ultimate price. In the early morning hours of July 20, 1917, Carmine would be found brutally murdered in the street. Follow Joseph, through his discovery of this mystery, as he unravels the unsolved murder of his Great Uncle, Carmine Lapello