Summary of “Matthew Cox: The True-Crime Writer in the Prison Yard”

Updated on July 19, 2019 at 5:05 p.m. ET.Last April, I received an odd email from a man named Matthew Cox.
It called Cox and Hauck “The Bonnie and Clyde of mortgage fraud,” deemed Cox “a master con artist,” and detailed his and Hauck’s “Six-state crime spree.” As he read on, the story grew uglier.
The self-published book, Once a Gun Runner, has been the subject of protracted legal battles among all three men, with Cox suing Diveroli and Reback, Reback and Diveroli suing Cox, and all of them suing Warner Bros.
Once word got out that there was a writer in cellblock B4, other guys would sidle up to Cox in the yard, urging him to tell their story, or their buddy’s story.
They’d meet in the library, or in the prison yard, or over tater tots in the chow hall, and Cox would ask probing questions, taking notes in his own ersatz version of a reporter’s notebook: a sheaf of loose-leaf paper stapled to a rectangle of cardboard.
Cox could conduct phone interviews only in the 15-minute increments the prison system allowed, and then only if the person accepted his collect call.
At the 2013 sentence-reduction hearing, Cox’s public defender said that Cox had “Done more, given more information to the government, than any case that I have ever had in 20 years.” He’d cooperated with the FBI; given newspaper interviews about his dealings with a corrupt member of the Tampa city council; and contributed to a fraud course that was used to help mortgage brokers and loan officers spot criminal activity.
“There’s all these girls on YouTube that have done literally 45-minute videos on their favorite podcasts about true crime,” Cox told me, his eyes widening.

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