There is nothing I love more than a good grifter story. Dirty John? Yes. The Dropout? Definitely!!! The story about Dan Mallory that broke earlier this year? *Chef’s kiss*. Imagine my delight when The Australian, producers of one of my all time favorite podcasts, released the story of legendary conman Hamish Watson.
There’s just something really satisfying to me about seeing a liar get their comeuppance. Watching years and years of stories unravel and revealing that the emperor has no clothes is a particularly sweet kind of justice. Maybe it’s because I really don’t like liars, or maybe it’s because I hate seeing trusting people taken advantage of. Regardless of the reason, I loved Who the Hell is Hamish.
Over decades and across the world, Hamish Watson swindled people out of tens of millions of dollars. He did it by getting close to people, manipulating their vulnerabilities and manipulating his own persona to gain their trust. This podcast blows it all wide open through interviews with his victims, research on his past, and analysis of his personality.
As I mentioned, this is the second podcast from The Australian I’ve listened to, and they were both impeccably produced and rigorously researched. The reporter on Who the Hell is Hamish, Greg Bearup, is a wonderful storyteller who disappears into the research, never making it about himself but focusing on the victims and the truth. I highly recommend diving into this compelling story.
Listen if you like: The Teacher’s Pet, Dirty John, Australian accents
Recommended episodes: Start from the beginning!