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The Opportunist tells true stories of regular people who turn sinister by embracing opportunity. How does an everyday person turn into a thief, a scammer or a cult leader? Perhaps the most dangerous person is the one who appears the most normal. Perhaps there is a dark potential lurking inside all of us that is just waiting for the right opportunity to emerge. The Opportunist is a Kast Original podcast hosted by Hannah Smith.

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    • True Crime
    • 4.7 • 345 Ratings

The Opportunist tells true stories of regular people who turn sinister by embracing opportunity. How does an everyday person turn into a thief, a scammer or a cult leader? Perhaps the most dangerous person is the one who appears the most normal. Perhaps there is a dark potential lurking inside all of us that is just waiting for the right opportunity to emerge. The Opportunist is a Kast Original podcast hosted by Hannah Smith.

    SHERYL RUTHVEN Epilogue: What Kind of Power?

    SHERYL RUTHVEN Epilogue: What Kind of Power?

    Hannah and producer Patia discuss making Season 3. We bring you more information on Sheryl’s finances and her connection to local law enforcement in Tennessee and we ask the question: what happens to someone after they leave a cult? We also have a brand new interview for you with one of Sheryl’s former’s followers.

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    SHERYL RUTHVEN Part 4 of 4: The Exodus

    SHERYL RUTHVEN Part 4 of 4: The Exodus

    When her ministry and cat rescue gain unwanted notoriety in Whatcom County, Sheryl Ruthven plans a mass exodus, shrouded in secrecy.

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    • 54 min
    SHERYL RUTHVEN Part 3 of 4: Creating Eden

    SHERYL RUTHVEN Part 3 of 4: Creating Eden

    When Sheryl Ruthven’s cat passes away, she calls on her followers to build “Eva’s Eden,” a cat rescue, unlike any other, with a mission that extends far beyond rescuing cats. She also plots to get rid of her ex-husband.

     

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    • 55 min
    SHERYL RUTHVEN Part 2 of 4: You've Been Conned

    SHERYL RUTHVEN Part 2 of 4: You've Been Conned

    When one of Sheryl Ruthven's followers dares to question her need for a $170,000 trip to Scotland, he is excommunicated. We begin to see a pattern, a wake of destruction that follows anyone who dares to question Sheryl's authority.

     

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    • 52 min
    SHERYL RUTHVEN Part 1 of 4: A New Mary Magdalene

    SHERYL RUTHVEN Part 1 of 4: A New Mary Magdalene

    In 2001, Sheryl Ruthven started her own church: Freedom Fire Ministries. But gradually, her uplifting sermons gave way to unorthodox teachings and doomsday prophecies. Over the last fifteen years those who believed her have seen families destroyed, their bank accounts drained and their homes filled… with cats.

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    • 52 min
    The Opportunist: Season 3 Coming September 28, 2021

    The Opportunist: Season 3 Coming September 28, 2021

    Sheryl Ruthven is a self-proclaimed prophet and the founder of Eva’s Eden cat rescue. She has convinced her followers that the apocalypse is imminent and that when it comes, only the cats will save them. But this isn’t really about the cats. Sheryl Ruthven’s followers believe she is Mary Magdalene reincarnated, a literal god on earth. What happens when a group of people are willing to give up everything (their time, money and family members) for the promise of eternal salvation? 

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
345 Ratings

345 Ratings

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Brilliantly done, true crime with a twist

Great podcast, true crime with a twist. Really well done - first and latest season follow cult leaders so if you’re “into” cults, this is for you!

SoaringPheonix ,

Great!

I started with the Sherry Shriner series, it’s writing that this is actually true! The production quality of the podcast is fantastic. The writing, pacing and audio is engaging and well done.

Scamp1991 ,

An intriguing listen

I’ve enjoyed the Sherry Shriner podcast no end. Well researched, very clear and easy to listen to voice and well edited.

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