35 episodes

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
    • 4.9 • 7.1K 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.

    STEVEN BENSON Part 1 of 1: Family Business

    STEVEN BENSON Part 1 of 1: Family Business

    The quaint community of Naples, Florida is rocked by a deadly explosion that reveals the darkside of a picture perfect family.

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    • 52 min
    DAVID GHANTT Part 1 of 1: A Capital M

    DAVID GHANTT Part 1 of 1: A Capital M

    For David Ghantt, the morning of October 4th, 1997 started out like any other work day. But by the time his shift was over, David was on his way to Mexico to start a new life, as an international fugitive.

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    • 57 min
    CHRIS BATHUM Part 5 of 5: Criminal

    CHRIS BATHUM Part 5 of 5: Criminal

    Multiple investigations close in on Chris Bathum as his behavior leads to dire consequences, including a drug arrest with a former CRLA client named Erika Littell. As his criminal trial gets underway, the prosecution battles with the idea of victim credibility, and Chris' defense is unintentionally reinvigorated thanks to evidence provided by Cliff Brodsky. 

     

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    CHRIS BATHUM Part 4 of 5: The Sleeping Bear

    CHRIS BATHUM Part 4 of 5: The Sleeping Bear

    Rose searches for evidence to bring to law enforcement and comes across a CRLA laptop, as Jill realizes the awful truth behind Chris' behavior. A hopeful new client named Amanda enters CRLA with the intent to stay sober, but suddenly finds herself isolated and alone with Chris Bathum.

     

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    • 58 min
    CHRIS BATHUM Part 3 of 5: Rumors

    CHRIS BATHUM Part 3 of 5: Rumors

    More rumors circulate around Chris Bathum, especially over the death of a beloved client named Mo. Meanwhile, a devoted employee named Jill is skeptical of CRLA's insurance billing and Rose sets out to find the truth behind the biggest rumor of them all.

     

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    • 59 min
    CHRIS BATHUM Part 2 of 5: Hypnotist

    CHRIS BATHUM Part 2 of 5: Hypnotist

    Chris tells Rose that all the rumors about him are because of Cliff Brodsky, a former investor in CRLA’s predecessor, Walking Miracles. Chris paints Brodsky as his nemesis, an unhinged wild card who wants to destroy their community. But his battle against Brodsky gets out of hand when he suggests desperate measures to stop him. 

     

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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
7.1K Ratings

7.1K Ratings

skippyvon ,

Best Way to Start my Tuesday

I get a little too excited for Tuesdays just to hear this podcast

Dahangman ,

Excellent reporting, excellent production

Terrific production. Keep up the good work!

Noah_Fence ,

Excellent!

I listen to a LOT of podcasts, and this is right in my Venn intersection: true crime, scams, and cults. Well produced, well written, nice vocals. A keeper.

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