I’m Dane Batty, and I’m the author of Wanted: Gentleman Bank Robber: The True Story of Leslie Ibsen Rogge, One of the FBI’s Most Elusive Criminals.
I’m thankful to be part of the True Crime Blog Tour of 2012 sponsored by Women Condemned and Kelly Sons that also includes these true crime authors:
Bonnie Kernene – http://mylifeofcrime.wordpress.com/
Gary C. King – http://www.garycking.com/blog.htm
And my own blog http://www.nishpublishing.com/blog/
I’m new to writing books true crime books, but I love my new job. I work in the true crime genre but not in the way that R Barri Flowers does. R Barri writes about very violent people and is very talented as at his job. It’s amazing to me that there are several very talented true crime writers out there that write many, many stories, but that’s not what’s amazing. What’s amazing is that there are so many violent murderers and serial killers out there living with us that these talented writers have enough material to go around. That alone scares me as much as R Barri’s stories with his tense writing ability. My books deal with the lighter side of crime, the non-violent, the people living above the fringe of society, the adventurous and the addicted, and this is as far into crime as I dare venture.
My first book Wanted was published in 2010 and here is a brief description:
Leslie Ibsen Rogge, number seven on the FBI’s most wanted, robbed more than 30 banks without firing a shot. In Wanted: Gentleman Bank Robber, Les details his adventures from Alaska to Antigua, the Chesapeake to Cancun. But it all came to a halt when a fourteen-year-old in Guatemala found Les on the new FBI web site forcing him to surrender and becoming the 1st Top Ten criminal caught due to the internet. Few felons have been as forthcoming about their successes, failures, robbery techniques, passion for sailing vessels... and love for his wife.
The book isn’t exactly murder. In fact it’s the opposite of murder since he didn’t hurt anyone intentionally. Les used a gun in his 30+ bank robberies, so technically they were violent crimes. He did end up getting 65 years on four convictions, so he’s doing time in the FCI Beaumont in Texas in medium security. He’s serving the time of murderers though.
The film rights for Wanted are currently being optioned by a producer, so this is real exciting. We also created a really cool video book trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDxB76yccZY.
This is a real exciting time for me because I just finished my second manuscript just this week! We have tentatively titled the book “D.B. Tuber” Armored Car Heist: A True Story of Football, Addiction and Robbery. The story is of Anthony Curcio who was a pure athlete that became an addict (from injury) and a high-profile criminal to support his habit, but he overcame his demons to win back his family and wants to give back to his community. It's a roller coaster that exposes the prescription pill problem that affects us all. The book is due May 2013.
Anthony gets out of prison (FCI Coleman Low) this coming April and has a 20/20 interview waiting for him stemming from an article that was published about him in October, 2010 in GQ Magazine, and were rushing to get the book in the stores before the interview.
R. Barri Flower’s has a plethora of information, blog postings, stories and books written on the most heinous criminals in history, and he has another book being released later in the year. He is as dedicated to his craft and genre as any writer in any field. I commend R. Barri on his dedication of educating the public on bad people and keeping all of us aware of what’s around us whether we enjoy it or not.
Thanks for visiting and please comment if you have questions about me or my books. I’ll be monitoring this post on Friday, July 27th, 2012. I will stop by the Women Condemned blog on Sunday, July 29th, so stop by and say hi. Be well!
PS - Don’t forget to stop by Goodreads and enter to win a copy of my first book Wanted: Gentleman Bank Robber – http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/enter_choose_address/26038-wanted-gentleman-bank-robber-the-true-story-of-leslie-ibsen-rogge-one. The drawing ends on July 31st!
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