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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Such good storytelling
This podcast was such great storytelling! No episode felt unnecessary, and despite my limited knowledge of the financial world Hamish operated in, I still was able to understand the impact of his duplicity. I’m also glad that the final episode referred to him as a predator and clarified that his relationship with Jane was predatory. I’m so glad the victims got some sense of relief through his sentencing.
Interview with Jane was so accusatory
The way he spoke to and shamed Jane was disgusting. She was a victim of child sexual assault and emotional abuse by the hands of Hamish. Ruined the entire program for me.
Genuinely shocking this was produced by a major newspaper in 2023. Calling a grown man’s abuse of a child an “affair” was quite a repulsive choice. Also there were so many gross swallowing and gulping noises that weren’t edited out of the IRL recorded interviews. Sometimes the journalist would say they were speaking over a “bad international connection” and you could barely understand a person. Why not just get on a Zoom?