ELIOT NESS AND THE MAD BUTCHER: Hunting America’s Deadliest Unidentified Serial Killer at the Dawn of Modern Criminology (with Max Allan Collins) (2020)

SCARFACE AND THE UNTOUCHABLE: Al Capone, Eliot Ness, and the Battle for Chicago (with Max Allan Collins) (2018)

BROADCAST HYSTERIA: Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News (2015)


“The best guide for how – and how not – to reform police? Eliot Ness” (Washington Post, June 29, 2020)

“Orson Welles and the Birth Of Fake News” (New York Times, October 30, 2018)

“What the Biographers of Al Capone Think of Donald Trump” (with Max Allan Collins, History News Network, August 5, 2018)

“10 Surprising Facts About Al Capone and Eliot Ness” (with Max Allan Collins, The Strand Magazine, August 1, 2018)

“The Untouchable Eliot Ness Is Getting His Own Fest” (with Max Allan Collins, Chicago Review of Books, July 12, 2018)

“What the mafia can teach us about Donald Trump” (Washington Post, April 16, 2018)

“How the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Changed Gun Laws” (New York Times, February 16, 2018)

“Did ‘Citizen Kane’ Predict Donald Trump?” (The Daily Beast, May 2016)

“American Children Faced Great Dangers in the 1930s, None Greater Than ‘Little Orphan Annie'” (, December 2015)

“Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s Greatest Legacy: Teaching Millennials to Think” (, August 2015)

“America’s original fake-news outrage: How Orson Welles’ ‘War of the Worlds’ made parents lose their minds” (, May 2015)

“The Infamous ‘War of the Worlds’ Radio Broadcast Was a Magnificent Fluke” (, May 2015)

“The Moon Hoax, Jon Stewart, And Other Reminders That Fake News Is The Best News” (The Huffington Post, May 2015)

“Orson Welles and History’s First Viral-Media Event: The night radio’s War of the Worlds created broadcast hysteria” (, April 2015)

“Protecting the Public Interest in Radio’s ‘Golden Age’ and the Era of Net Neutrality” (Discourse in Progress, March 2015)

“The Shadow of the Great Detective: Orson Welles and Sherlock Holmes on the Air” (Sounding Out!, January 2014)