16 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?

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    • 1 min
    The Day Max Died

    The Day Max Died

    Tracy fell in love with Max Tavita, a man who won her over with tales of a life in the investment world and how he was working in the W...

    • 19 min
    Fashion Crimes

    Fashion Crimes

    Hamish McLaren was always attracted to the high-life. It was inevitable he'd gravitate to fashion. And so, nestled amo...

    • 35 min
    The Gatsby of the Great Lakes

    The Gatsby of the Great Lakes

    Hamish arrived in sleepy Blueys Beach with a beautiful woman on his arm, and on the run from his past. Rumours of dark deeds wafted thr...

    • 36 min
    The Intern

    The Intern

    Jane was destined for big things. She was the great hope of her local school. She was in love with Jack, her teenage sweetheart. Life w...

    • 41 min
    Who the Hell is Phil?

    Who the Hell is Phil?

    Hamish arrived on the floor of the Sydney Futures Exchange in the late 90s - he talked big, but they all knew he traded small. They cal...

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
749 Ratings

749 Ratings

Lo-Wesley ,

Great but why are we not acknowledging ‘Jane’ was a victim of grooming?

I’m absolutely loving this podcast after my sister recommended it to me. I lived in NZ for years and so miss a lot of the news in Aus and NZ now I’m in the UK. I love it but I am absolutely shocked and disgusted at the lack of empathy for ‘Jane’ who was a minor and who was clearly groomed and herself a victim. The host seems somewhat empathetic but fails to acknowledge she was groomed like others and she was a child and that in itself should have been a line of enquiry with police - he coercively controlled her and she was his victim. Jack and Bec being made out to be so admirable - yes, but as a woman I’d have been more angry that my husband was a creep, a pervert and a nasty predator.

Morgsa ,

Fascinating, engaging, disturbing

This podcast follows the path of destruction of an Australian criminal, and - like all the best true crime podcasts - also shines a light on a society that allows (and sometimes encourages) the narcissism / criminality.

Jaffa1954 ,

Intriguing

A really amazing true story of a man who had some brass neck to live the life he did ! Thoroughly fascinating podcast .

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