Stranger Than Fiction
Monthly true-crime columns by Dean Jobb
THIS MONTH’S COLUMN
The Jazz Age Crimes of Dapper Don Collins
by Dean Jobb
A tall, smartly dressed man with a cigaret clenched in the corner of his mouth stepped down the gangway of the S.S. Paris, one of the most luxurious of the great liners plying the Atlantic in 1924. The ship’s sumptuous interiors, decorated in a blend of Art Nouveau and Art Deco flourishes, had offered a fitting backdrop for the stylish passenger’s voyage from France. READ MORE
Arthur Conan Doyle and the ‘Frightful Murders at Walworth’
The Case of the Speedy President
Just the Facts
Arthur Conan Doyle and Murder in England’s “Smiling and Beautiful Countryside”
Murder Most Irish
A Taste for Poison: The Curious Case of Dr. Lamson
Spy Versus Spy
The “Bogus Priest” and the Murdered President
Murder in the Air? The Mysterious Death of Stunt Pilot B.H. DeLay
True Crime Stories
How Do You Say Murder? When a Dispute Over the Pronunciation of “Newfoundland” Turned Deadly
“I’ve Got a Bridge to Sell You”: The Con Artist Who Peddled the Brooklyn Bridge
“He Takes My Mind from Better Things”: Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Reluctant Author
Larger Than Life
A Death in Provence
Murder on Twenty-Third Street
Fact Meets Fiction
The Ponzi of Paris: The Jazz-Age Scams Marthe Hanau
Stop the Presses!
Fact Meets Fiction in Poe’s ‘The Black Cat’
Ghosts of True Crime Past
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The realms of crime fiction and true crime have many intersections. Fiction writers often draw on actual investigative techniques, police procedures, and even notorious crime cases in fashioning their stories, and, conversely, fictional sleuths and their methods have occasionally influenced the practices of actual police forces. In this way, the interests of readers of crime fiction and true crime naturally dovetail, yet until 2018 the latter field had never been represented in EQMM. In January of 2018, we launched a new department to remedy that omission. Entitled Stranger Than Fiction, and written by award-winning Canadian author and journalist Dean Jobb, the column was offered free, exclusively here on our website, exploring true crime through reviews of true-crime books and original articles on real-world crimes and criminals. The feature proved so popular online that it was incorporated into the magazine itself (both print and digital editions) as of May/June 2020. In each bimonthly issue of the magazine, readers will now find an original true crime article by Dean Jobb, with supplemental material, including documents and photos, right here on our website, under the Stranger Than Fiction banner. On alternate months (when there is no new issue of the magazine releasing), you’ll still find web-exclusive true crime book reviews by Dean Jobb right here.
A true-crime specialist with more than a half-dozen titles in print, Dean Jobb is the author of one the most notable true-crime works in recent years, Empire of Deception. The story of a master swindler in 1920s Chicago, the book won both the Crime Writers of Canada and Chicago Writers Association awards, and earned rave reviews. The New York Times Book Review called it “intoxicating and impressively researched.” Readers will also want to look for the upcoming Jobb title The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream (Algonquin Books and HarperCollins Canada, 2021). In addition to pursuing his literary and journalistic careers, Dean Jobb teaches in the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction program at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
We hope you’ll continue to enjoy this newest of EQMM’s departments, which has joined the Jury Box and Blog Bytes in EQMM’s long tradition of cutting-edge reviewing and scholarship.
— Janet Hutchings, Editor in Chief