THE MOST AMAZING TRUE CRIME stories, in recent years, have ended in prison sentences. Frank Abagnale, author of Catch Me if You Can, served a few years; George Jung, of Blow, did a decent stint; even The Wolf of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort, had to do a few months. The list goes on and on.
My name is Matthew B. Cox and I’m a con man. I recently completed a lengthy prison sentence for a variety of bank fraud related charges, and I’m 100 percent guilty of them all. For over a decade I was incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Complex in Coleman, Florida. It wasn’t a bad place, as prisons go. Some inmates do their time in the recreation yard—walking the track and doing pushups. Others learn to play an instrument. I spent my time in the institution’s library, writing my fellow inmates’ stories—sometimes it was a memoir, other times it was a true crime—as a result, I heard an outrageous number of stories. Some intrigued me and some didn’t. I tend to focus on the more unique, clever, bizarre true crime stories.
A few of my subjects are already infamous. Several certainly should be infamous and some shouldn’t be there at all.
The inmates that I chose to write about have amazing, unique, stranger-than-fiction stories filled with action and drama. Some are dark comedies and others are tragedies. But these individuals are more than kingpins, con men, gunrunners, cocaine cowboys, and bank robbers. They’re fathers, sons, brothers, and husbands. They’re anti-heroes and underdogs, trapped behind cinderblock walls surrounded by three layers of motion sensitive chain-link fences topped with razor-wire. Guarded by men in towers with high-powered assault rifles.
INSIDE TRUE CRIME is an online magazine focusing on nonfiction stories. The goal of the publication is to have these articles adapted to documentaries and film.