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
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.
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Bonus Episode - Jane
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The Definition of Evil
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This really hits home for those of us who have been drawn in by cons and narcissists. Hopefully, people will hear this and see the warning signs. Great reporting!!!
I’m so disappointed with the way Jane’s story was handled. She wasn’t another girlfriend of Hamish’s, she was a victim of child sexual abuse. The way the host handled her interview and segment of the story is horrendous.
Great podcast. Was completely hooked from the beginning. Awesome job