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Peter’s Book Review, “A Pestilence of Bombs” in Wall Street Journal

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As the 60s gave way to the 70s, American radicals turned into violent revolutionaries. Read Peter’s book review of Bryan Burrough’s new book “Days of Rage,” which chronicles this tumultuous time period.

View a PDF of the “Days of Rage” book review or read it online on 

Chief, Classic Cases from the Files of the Chief of Detectives, by Albert Seedman & Peter Hellman


“Fascinating! Seedman recounts with vividness and detail…crimes that were page one stories. Excellent!–NY Times.

See a list of other articles and books I have written.

The Auscwhitz Album, a Book based Upon an Album Discovered by a Concentration Camp Survivor, Lili Meier, Text by Peter Hellman

It was strictly forbidden, even to SS personnel, to photograph Jews arriving at the Birkenau Killing Facility barely one mile from the main Auschwitz camp. The exception was made, by an unknown official, for the camp’s staff photographers to make these authorized photos in spring 1944 at the height of the deportation of Hungarian Jews. These 185 photos are the only images of Jews tumbling out of the boxcars at the most infamous site of Nazi criminality. The photographer scrupulously avoided any scenes of violence, even as the victims were about to be murdered. A momentous and unique record of Nazi criminality–and, as=as these photos cannot hide, the dignity of the victims..

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Rudy Kurniawan Sentenced to 10 years in Jail

After Peter spent multiple years covering the case of Rudy Kurniawan and his fake wines, the last chapter may have unfolded in August as U.S. District Judge Richard Berman sentenced him to 10 years in prison. Once dubbed ‘Dr. Conti,” Rudy faces a decade in jail and will be forced to pay back hundreds of millions of dollars in restitution. Read the story on

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Rudy Kurniawan will spend 10 years in prison for wine fraud.


Tonight– June 13– Watch Peter on ABC 20/20

Watch Peter tonight at 10 PM on ABC 20/20. He’ll be interviewed about fake wines and the Rudy Kurniawan case. Can’t watch it live? Find the replay on @volnay64.  #BillKoch

Judge Slices Bill Koch’s $12 Million Verdict in Counterfeiting Lawsuit

Peter’s newest article on the Bill Koch counterfeiting lawsuit was published on The award was reduced drastically, but Koch can still claim victory. Read the Wine Spectator article for free.


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Peter’s cover page Wine Spectator Article on Bill Koch from early in the lawsuit in 2010.


Strange Day, This March 13th

Yes, strange to wake up this morning and have it flash in my mind that this is my birthday as well as the 50th anniversary of the murder of Catherine Kitty Genovese. I’m 71 and she would have been a lively 78 if not for the passivity of her neighbors. Would I have done any more for her if I’d heard her screams that cold night in Kew Gardens?

Meanwhile, a little batch of media interviews today (WINS newsradio, 24/7 News Network, AP) on my little ebook about the case. Tragedy meets commerce.



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