11 episodes

Mair Smyth came into the life of reality TV producer Johnathan Walton as an angel, promising salvation and friendship in a time of need. And not just an everyday angel, a glamorous one—with a storied family in Ireland who is fighting her over a whopping $25 million inheritance. But one day, after trying to help Mair out of a legal “snafu,” Johnathan accidentally learns the truth about the woman who has become his best friend: she’s actually an international con artist who has scammed him and a slew of other victims out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, from Los Angeles to Belfast. As Johnathan uncovers con after con—involving BDSM sex rings, witchcraft, a phony cancer diagnosis, and the scamming of a Los Angeles politician—he and other victims band together to bring Mair Smyth to justice. But can they stop her? Or will she go free in a world where her next mark is just a friendly smile away.

Queen of the Con: The Irish Heiress iHeartRadio and AYR Media

    • True Crime
    • 4.5 • 565 Ratings

Mair Smyth came into the life of reality TV producer Johnathan Walton as an angel, promising salvation and friendship in a time of need. And not just an everyday angel, a glamorous one—with a storied family in Ireland who is fighting her over a whopping $25 million inheritance. But one day, after trying to help Mair out of a legal “snafu,” Johnathan accidentally learns the truth about the woman who has become his best friend: she’s actually an international con artist who has scammed him and a slew of other victims out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, from Los Angeles to Belfast. As Johnathan uncovers con after con—involving BDSM sex rings, witchcraft, a phony cancer diagnosis, and the scamming of a Los Angeles politician—he and other victims band together to bring Mair Smyth to justice. But can they stop her? Or will she go free in a world where her next mark is just a friendly smile away.

    Anatomy of a Con Artist

    Anatomy of a Con Artist

    In this bonus episode, Johnathan reviews the case of Mair Smyth with Tori Telfer, author of the award-winning book Confident Women: Swindlers, Grifters, and Shapeshifters of the Feminine Persuasion. They talk about the profile of the female con artist, what Telfer has learned from her research on famous con women, why these smart criminals make some of the dumbest mistakes, and how listeners can avoid falling prey to cons.
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    • 44 min
    Buddha Noah Knows Best

    Buddha Noah Knows Best

    In this bonus episode, Johnathan catches up with Buddha Noah, a Los Angeles spiritual advisor who saw the future months before Mair was charged, arrested, and convicted—and implored Johnathan not to give up just when he was about to throw in the towel. The two talk about the dark energy Buddha Noah saw in Mair Smyth, how he knew Johnathan would ultimately see justice served, and what he thinks karma has in store for this Queen of the Con.
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    • 39 min
    The Trial

    The Trial

    Mair Smyth goes on trial for scamming reality TV producer Johnathan Walton out of almost $100,000. But her latest con could prevent Walton from being allowed in the courtroom to testify against her. Victims come out of the woodwork to tell the court how she scammed them. Even her own daughter, Chelsea, shows up and tells the judge Mair is a pathological liar. But Mair's attorney casts doubt on everyone's story, threatening to thwart the justice her victims have sought for so long. As the trial reaches a fever pitch, who will the jury believe?
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    • 50 min
    The Hunt

    The Hunt

    After doggedly pursuing law enforcement for years, Johnathan finally gets some relief. Mair Smyth is arrested in Los Angeles, but keeps herself busy awaiting trial. She uses a phony mental illness claim and a pair of crutches to trick a judge into going easy on her. But the folks she’s conned band together and are committed to fighting back. As Johnathan and his fellow victims put it all on the line to see her brought to justice, Mair’s next brazen scam could let her walk away scot-free.
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    • 42 min
    The Family

    The Family

    Johnathan discovers that Mair Smyth’s cons have gone international, and police from Northern Ireland are hot on her trail. Mair's daughter Chelsea speaks out for the first time about her experience being raised by a con artist and getting roped into helping her scam $500,000 from dozens of victims in Northern Ireland. Chelsea reveals not only that Mair was an unfit mother, but offers a stunning psychological portrait of a woman who uses and exploits family members without a shred of remorse.
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    • 50 min
    The Politician

    The Politician

    Mair Smyth spectacularly scams a Los Angeles politician out of tens of thousands by impersonating his former mistress and making threats of taking their relationship public right before an election. Johnathan also learns that Mair’s been in the blackmail business for a while, conning men she meets on a “Sugar Daddy” dating site. As he uncovers each new head-spinning con, Johnathan wonders just how far down this rabbit hole goes.
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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
565 Ratings

565 Ratings

jalatheño ,

Riveting

Riveting, well edited. The producer/narrator works in reality T.V. so the editing, sound, story telling sequence could not be more on point. You will, without a doubt, enjoy this podcast - especially if you’re a true crime fan like I am. Enjoy!

JTheBatman ,

Interesting

Pretty good helped greatly to pass the time from our drive from west virginia to georgia last week

clarebear9000 ,

Fascinating story told by an interesting narrator

I’m a big fan of crime podcasts and this one did not disappoint. The subject of the podcast, Mair Smith, is in a league of her own when it comes to running cons on smart, successful people. And the story is well told by the host, who himself was conned by Mair and decided to finally hold her to account. Highly recommend. Best podcast I’ve listened to since A Murder in Oregon.

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