R. J. Stanchfield BIO


R.J. STANCHFIELD WROTE HIS FAVORITE HOAX IN THE EARLY 1970s. THE NOW HISTORIC HOAX OF THE 'HAMPTONS SUBWAY SYSTEM' OCCURRED WHEN RONIN REMINDED DAN RATTINER IN OR AROUND 2004. THE IDEA WAS RESSURECTED BY DAN'S PAPERS WITH DAN RATTINER'S TIP OF THE HAT TO STANCHFIELD.

          Ronin James Stanchfield, storyteller, has journeyed through life, including opposing the war in Vietnam, being a founder of the United States Green Party, and shutting down two nuclear reactors.

          He was a whistleblower at the Shoreham Nuclear Power Station and, a few years later, found the hidden 'lost pages' describing the radioactive leak at Brookhaven National Lab’s High Flux Beam Reactor when he was Vice Chair of the Suffolk County's Environmental Task Force. In the late 1970s, Stanchfield arranged a network of housing for Iranian Jews who fled Iran.

     Ronin went from heavy industrial construction to two decades of high-end residential design and construction, building country homes in Southampton, East Hampton, Sag Harbor, and Shelter Island. During these years, he always made time to get involved in creative projects — film-making, painting, writing essays, short stories or books.

    He was a staff writer at Billboard Magazine and the Chelsea News, and wrote freelance articles for many of the Hamptons newspapers and magazines, including Dan’s Papers where, as the headline points out, he wrote the original hoax of the infamous 'Hamptons Subway System'. It became one of Dan's most read sections of his newspapers. For R.J. Stanchfield, writing The Odd Profession of Jeremy Scratch and The Little Black Book and Other Stories seemed like the next logical step. Stanchfield sums it up by saying, "I’m going to spend my remaining years writing stories. I have a lot of stories to tell.”