10 episodes

The Opportunist tells true stories of regular people who turn sinister simply by being opportunistic. How does an everyday person turn into a thief, a cult leader, or a scammer? Instead of portraying criminals as distinctly “other,” we explore our similarities and reveal the dark potential lurking inside of all of us. The Opportunist will launch with an episodic series on Sherry Shriner, a midwest mom and life-long churchgoer turned internet cult leader. Hosted by Hannah Smith, the series follows Sherry as she gains thousands of followers online by promoting her own religion (a blend of biblical doomsday predictions and popular alien/reptilian conspiracy theories) and profits on selling spiritual weapons that defeat aliens and demons. As she rises to the status of infallible goddess, she leaves a trail of death and destruction in her wake. We speak with family & friends of deceased cult members, prosecutors, police officers, a high profile cult expert and more. Through thought-provoking interviews and investigative reporting, The Opportunist invites the listener along with us on a thrilling journey of discovery.

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The Opportunist tells true stories of regular people who turn sinister simply by being opportunistic. How does an everyday person turn into a thief, a cult leader, or a scammer? Instead of portraying criminals as distinctly “other,” we explore our similarities and reveal the dark potential lurking inside of all of us. The Opportunist will launch with an episodic series on Sherry Shriner, a midwest mom and life-long churchgoer turned internet cult leader. Hosted by Hannah Smith, the series follows Sherry as she gains thousands of followers online by promoting her own religion (a blend of biblical doomsday predictions and popular alien/reptilian conspiracy theories) and profits on selling spiritual weapons that defeat aliens and demons. As she rises to the status of infallible goddess, she leaves a trail of death and destruction in her wake. We speak with family & friends of deceased cult members, prosecutors, police officers, a high profile cult expert and more. Through thought-provoking interviews and investigative reporting, The Opportunist invites the listener along with us on a thrilling journey of discovery.

    S1 / E9 SHERRY SHRINER Epilogue: A New Queen

    S1 / E9 SHERRY SHRINER Epilogue: A New Queen

    In the Sherry Shriner epilogue we talk about the history of orgone, update you on the current status of the Orgone Warriors, and reveal more information about Sherry’s death. We also bring you a brand new interview with a former Orgone Warrior.

     

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    S1 / E8 SHERRY SHRINER Part 8 of 8: Day of Reckoning

    S1 / E8 SHERRY SHRINER Part 8 of 8: Day of Reckoning

    Sherry goes viral after Stephen’s death. Meanwhile, Barbara is charged and tried for murder.

     

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    S1 / E7 SHERRY SHRINER Part 7 of 8: The Lion and The Lamb

    S1 / E7 SHERRY SHRINER Part 7 of 8: The Lion and The Lamb

    Angered by his exile, Stephen becomes obsessed with taking Sherry down. A distressing night fighting with Orgone Warriors online ends with his death.

     

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    S1 / E6 SHERRY SHRINER Part 6 of 8: Unraveling

    S1 / E6 SHERRY SHRINER Part 6 of 8: Unraveling

    Shortly after Barbara Rogers and Stephen Mineo start dating, Sherry Shriner declares Barbara to be a witch. Stephen is thrown into a state of distress when Sherry makes him choose between Barbara and the Orgone Warriors.

     

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    S1 / E5 SHERRY SHRINER Part 5 of 8: A Warrior Betrayed

    S1 / E5 SHERRY SHRINER Part 5 of 8: A Warrior Betrayed

    Sherry, increasingly paranoid and power hungry, turns on her inner circle.

     

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    S1 / E4 SHERRY SHRINER Part 4 of 8: Building an Army

    S1 / E4 SHERRY SHRINER Part 4 of 8: Building an Army

    Sherry, after being rejected from several ministry groups, realizes she can gain more followers through the internet. She also becomes friends with Stephen Mineo.

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
5.3K Ratings

5.3K Ratings

kbcamper ,

New favorite!

I’m loving this concept and story! How have I never heard of sherry shriner? Well told, super interesting!

ryguygil ,

SO AMAZING

Okay this pod cast has LITERALLY got me
Shoqethhhhh! I cant stop listening to it!

Renegade642 ,

Hannah smith is an alien

If you are an Orgone warrior I need you to know that Ya messaged me and told me that Hannah is an alien. She is working with nato and the cia to brainwash you. She is a worker of Lucifer. They want to divide us but we can’t let this happen. The end world is coming and we must unite.

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