13 episodes

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?

Who the Hell is Hamish? The Australian

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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 Lighthouse

    Introducing: The Lighthouse

    Theo Hayez is missing in Byron Bay, a beautiful beachside town on Australia’s most easterly mainland point, frequently in the spotlight for its famous residents. Theo’s from Brussels. He’s 18 and on a backpacking holiday when he vanishes in May 2019. Behind the scenes local volunteers who’ve never met Theo begin searching and investigating with his family, parallel to a major police investigation. As the search narrows to the area around the 118-year-old Cape Byron Lighthouse, a range of theories emerge.
    At the request of Theo’s family, The Australian newspaper’s national crime correspondent David Murray joins the unofficial search party to investigate the mysterious disappearance for a new podcast series.
    To hear more, search for The Lighthouse in your podcast app.

     
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    • 3 min
    Introducing: Nowhere Child

    Introducing: Nowhere Child

    William Tyrrell was a three year old boy who disappeared from the village of Kendall, on the mid-north-coast of New South Wales. Key facts were kept from the public, from day one. A lot of what was reported, especially early on, was false. In the new podcast, Nowhere Child, The Australian’s Caroline Overington delves into a case where notions of class and privilege; opportunity and poverty came crashing together, to create a nightmare for William Tyrrell.

     
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    • 1 min
    The Reckoning

    The Reckoning

    For years Hamish McLaren had evaded the law. But not any more. The brutal truth, like a runaway out-of-control limited edition Mercedes McLaren, is bearing down on him. There's no escape. Judgement Day for Hamish McLaren, has finally arrived.

     
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    • 36 min
    Bonus Episode - Jane

    Bonus Episode - Jane

    As a bonus for all listeners, we are publishing the full interview with Jane, recorded in her house north of Sydney. She speaks at length about her experiences of Hamish, the impact it had on her life, and how she hopes to begin moving on.

     
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    • 1 hr 33 min
    The Definition of Evil

    The Definition of Evil

    It may appear that Hamish got away with his schemes for decades. But he didn't. He kept getting caught out, time and again. It's self evident that many systems failed to apprehend this serial offender. How could this be so?

     
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    On the Couch with Hamish

    On the Couch with Hamish

    He killed off his parents, by air and by sea. He ran over his twin brother Phil, and killed him too. What are we to make of these fanciful stories Hamish made up about his life? We've called in experts. And, we've gathered bevy of ex-girlfriends to give us their take on their time with Hamish.

     
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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.6K Ratings

1.6K Ratings

dicoold ,

Jane

I was so moved by the interview with Jane, my heart broke for her. I have to admit, I got choked up during the sentencing

Insightnapa ,

Heroic reporting!

This is one of the most compelling podcasts ever. To listen to each segment as more victims of psycho Hamish come out with their stories. And best of all, to get the satisfaction of hearing his sentencing! I truly hope this story reaches the world - to help people have healthy skepticism and avoid the heartbreak of being taken by crooks.

andrea_in_brooklyn ,

‘Jane,’ strong beautiful soul

Sorrow for all the victims. Jack & Bec sound like wonderful people.
Jane too is intelligent, articulate, as the interviewer said, wise beyond her years. They are sharing her lessons and hard-won acceptance. That any of them would do the interview shows they are bravely processing the appalling exploitation done to anyone is the orbit of this creature. The genuine, empathic nature of the vulnerable victims is like a scent he followed as a predator. Telling the story publicly, especially underage at the time victims, may seem unorthodox to some but I think the benefits outweigh that and serve as an enlightening tale. Hopefully they will use this experience to become more powerful aware people. They will have scars for sure but still have open & wise hearts.

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