14 episodes

He was born Hamish Watson, a surfie dude from Sydney – but he could morph into whatever you needed him to be. Hamish is due to be sentenced to jail in early 2019 for swindling a handful of victims out of more than $7m. But these crimes are just the final pages in a resume too thick to staple; for decades he’s duped victims in the US, Canada, Britain, Hong Kong and Australia. How did he do it? How did he evade authorities around the world for so long and what’s he done with all those tens of millions of dollars he stole?

Who the Hell is Hamish‪?‬ The Australian

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He was born Hamish Watson, a surfie dude from Sydney – but he could morph into whatever you needed him to be. Hamish is due to be sentenced to jail in early 2019 for swindling a handful of victims out of more than $7m. But these crimes are just the final pages in a resume too thick to staple; for decades he’s duped victims in the US, Canada, Britain, Hong Kong and Australia. How did he do it? How did he evade authorities around the world for so long and what’s he done with all those tens of millions of dollars he stole?

    Introducing: The Breakdown

    Introducing: The Breakdown

    Australian rugby once had $40 million in the bank. Crowds over 100,000. TV audiences of 3 million. Today the Wallabies have sunk to their lowest world ranking ever. Off the field rugby is a "war zone" with a $20 million deficit last year alone.

    The Breakdown is a gripping podcast investigation from The Australian, exploring just how far "the game they play in heaven" has fallen - and why. Jessica Halloran and Claire Harvey have interviewed everyone from ex-PMs and billionaires to Wallabies legends, boardroom insiders and the volunteers battling to keep the game alive. Raw and emotional, The Breakdown is the new binge-listen everyone will be talking about.

    You can listen to The Breakdown through The Australian app, or search for The Breakdown wherever you listen to podcasts.

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    • 39 min
    Introducing: The Lighthouse

    Introducing: The Lighthouse

    Theo Hayez is missing in Byron Bay, a beautiful beachside town on Australia's most easterly mainland point, frequently in the spotlig...

    • 3 min
    Introducing: Nowhere Child

    Introducing: Nowhere Child

    William Tyrrell was a three year old boy who disappeared from the village of Kendall, on the mid-north-coast of New South Wales. Key fa...

    • 1 min
    The Reckoning

    The Reckoning

    For years Hamish McLaren had evaded the law. But not any more. The brutal truth, like a runaway out-of-control limited edition Mercedes...

    • 36 min
    Bonus Episode - Jane

    Bonus Episode - Jane

    As a bonus for all listeners, we are publishing the full interview with Jane, recorded in her house north of Sydney. She speaks at leng...

    • 1 hr 33 min
    The Definition of Evil

    The Definition of Evil

    It may appear that Hamish got away with his schemes for decades. But he didn't. He kept getting caught out, time and again. It's self e...

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
3.9K Ratings

3.9K Ratings

NixVal ,

Riveting!

This man is as hard to comprehend & almost as destructive as a serial killer. His callous disregard for his victims is chilling.

Merryn81 ,

Conman & Pediphile

Great podcast, but why aren’t you naming Hamish a pedophile as well as a prolific conman? He had a sexual relationship with ‘Jane’, a 16 year old girl and she has felt the responsibility and guilt all these years. He is a predator and she is an innocent victim. She should not be held to blame for a grown man taking advantage of her as a child. This is not right!

Ecoblue1 ,

Great podcast

Brilliantly told story of a sad and heartless conman. Really feel for all the victims. I especially feel for Jane. Taken and advantage of in so many ways and at a time in life when none of us would be equipped to deal with a person like Hamish. Jane you sound like a wonderful young woman that will survive this and be just fine.

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