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Interview about the Chesterton plane crash

I love random interviews about my books. The latest one is now live and is about the Chesterton, Indiana, plane crash of 1933. It was an act of what we would today call terrorism, but was just called sabotage back then.

You can read the interview HERE.

I am particularly fond of this one because the author Matt Werner also interviewed some other experts and they contributed alternative theories. I love having that kind of debate and it is well presented here in the article. I love the idea of being part of a panel of true crime book experts who can sit around and toss out idea about what happened in Chesterton back then.

In case you don't know, the small plane and one of the first cross country passenger flights blew up over Chesterton, Indiana, on its way from Cleveland to Chicago. The FBI investigated and proved that it was blown up with an actual explosive. Melvin Purvis, the famous G-man, investigated, but no one was ever caught for the crime and it remains unsolved to this day.

I filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the FBI and got their full file on the investigation they did on this flight. It was fascinating to see Hoover's handwritten notes and signature and Purvis' as well. I wrote a book about it called Sabotage: A Chronicle of the Chesterton Crash which you can now find at Amazon.

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