Julie Means Kane, Author

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Julie Means Kane is an award-winning writer living in Hillsdale, New York.  She has been a sous-chef, private investigator, back-to-the-lander, jeweler, teacher’s aide, newspaper manager, business consultant and mother of two. 

Currently, she is working on a narrative history of the life of her grandfather, Gaston B. Means, arch-swindler and master liar.   She has found the roles of consultant and swindler remarkably similar — both require belief in oneself and the ability to instill confidence in others.  Perhaps it runs in the family.

Recently Published

Flying South No, 8, 2021

Posts of Interest

Anna Sorokin: Why do con artists and fraudsters fascinate us?

11 May 2019

Anna Sorokin is the German woman who pretended to be a billionaire heiress, swindling hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process.


21 Real-Life Gangsters on Boardwalk Empire

26 October 2014

Boardwalk Empire is basically the story of a twenties gang called The Combined or Big Seven Group. All the biggies on the east coast were part of it….


FBI: Lindbergh Kidnapping

Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr., 20-month-old son of the famous aviator and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, was kidnapped about 9:00 p.m., on March 1, 1932, from the nursery of the Lindbergh home near Hopewell, New Jersey.