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Con Artists

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They seem like a friend. Family, even. You trust them with your life. But behind the promises of fame, success, and riches beyond your wildest dreams... it’s just another guy in a fake Rolex. Con Artists peeks behind the masks of hustlers, swindlers, and fraudsters. We’ll dive into their psychology, and teach listeners how to spot a con. What kind of person runs a scam? And why do we trust them? Con Artists is a Parcast Original. New episodes come out every Wednesday.

They seem like a friend. Family, even. You trust them with your life. But behind the promises of fame, success, and riches beyond your wildest dreams... it’s just another guy in a fake Rolex. Con Artists peeks behind the masks of hustlers, swindlers, and fraudsters. We’ll dive into their psychology, and teach listeners how to spot a con. What kind of person runs a scam? And why do we trust them? Con Artists is a Parcast Original. New episodes come out every Wednesday.

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United States

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They seem like a friend. Family, even. You trust them with your life. But behind the promises of fame, success, and riches beyond your wildest dreams... it’s just another guy in a fake Rolex. Con Artists peeks behind the masks of hustlers, swindlers, and fraudsters. We’ll dive into their psychology, and teach listeners how to spot a con. What kind of person runs a scam? And why do we trust them? Con Artists is a Parcast Original. New episodes come out every Wednesday.

Language:

English


Episodes

Con Artists Bites: Suspicious Celebrity Deaths

2/28/2020
In addition to new episodes of Con Artists each week, you’ll now also hear Crime Bites every Friday. Each Crime Bites episode gives you a deeper, yet brief look into true-crime topics covered at Parcast. Stars—they’re just like us. So why are we so intrigued by celebrity death, and why is the intrigue amplified when the death is unexpected? Today we’re discussing those high-profile cases. We'll dive into clips from shows across the Parcast Network, including Conspiracy Theories, Unsolved...

Duration:00:22:26

William Chaloner Pt. 2: “The Counterfeit Trickster”

2/26/2020
For more than a decade, William Chaloner had managed to evade the law, all the while forging tens of thousands of pounds worth of coins and banknotes. But soon, he turned the tables on his own scheme, declaring himself as an anti-fraud expert.

Duration:00:47:20

Con Artists Bites: Unhealthy Relationships

2/21/2020
In addition to new episodes of Con Artists each week, you’ll now also hear Crime Bites every Friday. Each Crime Bites episode gives you a deeper, yet brief look into true-crime topics covered at Parcast. Today we're exploring cases of unhealthy relationships and examining some of true crime's most notorious couples. We'll dive into clips from shows across the Parcast Network, and look at how the twisted—often abusive—dynamic between two criminals shapes the crimes they commit. Clips...

Duration:00:26:15

Introducing PARCAST DAILY, A Parcast Original Series!

2/20/2020
Every Monday through Friday, Parcast Daily filters through all of your favorite Parcast shows to highlight one timely and relevant episode premiering each day. You might hear about a calculating killer on Female Criminals, delve into the minds of history and fiction’s greatest bad guys on Villains, or spiral down into intrigue and speculation on Conspiracy Theories. Whatever your tastes, you’ll always get something new on Parcast Daily. Enjoy this exclusive clip from our featured episode:...

Duration:00:16:16

William Chaloner Pt. 1: “The Counterfeit Trickster”

2/19/2020
Born into poverty in 17th century England, William Chaloner pulled himself out using a con artist’s tongue and his artistry as a forger. Chaloner chose his nefarious path at a time and place when the deteriorating state of England’s currency made counterfeiting widespread and lucrative—although the penalty was death by hanging.

Duration:00:41:10

Con Artists Bites: Childhoods From Hell

2/14/2020
In addition to new episodes of Con Artists each week, you’ll now also hear Crime Bites every Friday. Each Crime Bites episode gives you a deeper, yet brief look into true-crime topics covered at Parcast. Today we're taking a look at what some of the most infamous criminals in history have in common: a brutal childhood. As we dive into clips from shows across the Parcast Network, we'll explore how their early years of abuse, neglect, and trauma all shaped these individuals into notorious...

Duration:00:20:03

Charles Sobhraj Pt. 2: “The Bikini Killer”

2/12/2020
After ditching his brother to wallow in a Turkish prison, Charles Sobhraj returned to the Hippie Trail to prey on Western tourists. Posing as a gem dealer named Alain Gautheir, Charles began building a family of con artists to follow him. But beginning in 1975, Charles became more than just a con artist—he became a serial killer.

Duration:00:49:35

Con Artists Bites: Elderly Criminals

2/7/2020
In addition to new episodes of Con Artists each week, you’ll now also hear Crime Bites every Friday. Each Crime Bites episode gives you a deeper, yet brief look into true-crime topics covered at Parcast. Today we explore the unique and shocking cases when elders we expect to respect defy society and commit crimes in their old age. We'll dive into clips from shows across the Parcast Network, and discuss all the reasons a senior citizen may defy the norm and break the law. Clips featured: Con...

Duration:00:22:54

Charles Sobhraj Pt. 1: “The Bikini Killer”

2/5/2020
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Charles Sobhraj was one of the most elusive con artists in the world. Though his cons were elaborate, he knew he would be able to prey on unsuspecting Western tourists traveling along the “Hippie Trail,” the road between Istanbul and Bangkok.

Duration:00:52:09

Listen First! KILLER KNOWLEDGE, A Parcast Original Series!

2/4/2020
Sure, you’re a fan of true crime—but are you ready to put your skills to the test and be crowned an undisputed expert? Then try your hand at our new trivia podcast, Killer Knowledge. Every Tuesday, two competitors go head-to-head to correctly answer multiple-choice true crime questions. Whoever gains the most points after 20 questions, wins! It’s all the murder, mystery, and suspense you’ve come to expect from Parcast, now in a fast-paced, interactive format. Play along in this exclusive...

Duration:00:13:41

Con Artists Bites: Victims Who Escaped

1/31/2020
In addition to new episodes of Con Artists each week, you’ll now also hear Crime Bites every Friday. Each Crime Bites episode gives you a deeper, yet brief look into true-crime topics covered at Parcast. Today we're exploring those rare and hopeful instances where victims managed to break out of their captors' clutches and flee to freedom. We'll dive into clips from shows across the Parcast Network, and discuss all the ways in which a victim might escape and the psychological effects their...

Duration:00:32:41

Victor Lustig Pt. 2

1/29/2020
After taking advantage of the wrong mark, Victor Lustig found himself in the crosshairs of police all over the United States. With the Great Depression in full swing, Lustig was forced to think outside the box—concocting a counterfeiting enterprise that threatened to topple an already fragile economy.

Duration:00:45:56

Con Artists Bites: Mothers Misbehaving

1/24/2020
In addition to new episodes of Con Artists each week, you’ll now also hear Crime Bites every Friday. Each Crime Bites episode gives you a deeper, yet brief look into true-crime topics covered at Parcast. Today we're taking a closer look at women who subverted their maternal expectations to lead a life of crime. We'll analyze these instances with clips from shows across the Parcast Network, and discuss the different ways these mothers misbehaved. Clips featured: The Dark Side Of: Stage...

Duration:00:25:00

Victor Lustig Pt. 1

1/22/2020
He cut his teeth swindling victims through a series of card game tricks. Soon Victor Lustig would move onto more elaborate, skilled schemes in which he would systematically earn his mark's trust for weeks before taking off with thousands of dollars. But it was in Paris where Lustig pulled his biggest con—selling the Eiffel Tower—twice.

Duration:00:48:02

Listen First! DICTATORS, A Parcast Original Series!

1/21/2020
They are natural-born-leaders with a never-ending thirst for power. Through force and deceit, they rise through the ranks towards radicalism—eliminating anyone who stands in their way. Every Tuesday, delve into the minds, and motives, behind some of the world’s most infamous leaders in Parcast’s original series, DICTATORS. Each dictator is analyzed in 2-part episodes... with the first giving insight into their rise to power, and the second chronicling the impact of their downfall. In this...

Duration:00:19:55

Con Artists Bites: Psychological Manipulation

1/17/2020
In addition to new episodes of Con Artists each week, you’ll now also hear Crime Bites every Friday. Each Crime Bites episode gives you a deeper, yet brief look into true-crime topics covered at Parcast. Today we explore the idea of Psychological Manipulation—the tactics criminals use to deceive, coerce, and exert control over their victims. We'll dive into clips from shows across the Parcast Network, and discuss how these methods work, and most importantly, their dangerous consequences.

Duration:00:30:28

George Graham Rice Pt. 2

1/15/2020
In 1904, George Graham Rice took his scams out West. Like many Americans in the early 20th century, Rice came to California looking to strike it rich. Except Rice wasn't looking to seek his own fortune, he was hoping to swindle others out of theirs.

Duration:00:48:25

Listen First! SECRET SOCIETIES, A Parcast Original Series!

1/9/2020
They’ve been around for thousands of years…orchestrating some of history’s most controversial events. And if not for their radical actions, you may never have even known they existed. Every Thursday, take a journey through hidden passageways and become a member of Parcast’s diabolical series, SECRET SOCIETIES. Each society is explored in 2 episodes—exposing the people and context responsible for its founding, and analyzing the psychology behind their beliefs. Enjoy this exclusive clip from...

Duration:00:15:05

George Graham Rice Pt. 1

1/8/2020
A master swindler who operated in the early 1900s, George Graham Rice was a con artist before America even knew the term. He went from amateur forger as a teenager to full-blown criminal in only a few short years, even stealing from his father’s fur business to finance his gambling habit.

Duration:00:45:10

Best of 2019: Sante Kimes Pt. 2

1/1/2020
Here’s one of our listeners’ most requested episodes of 2019: In 1998, Sante and Kenny Kimes started a spree of crimes by stealing a green Lincoln Town Car. But their biggest gambit—to snatch a $10 million mansion out from under New York socialite Irene Silverman.

Duration:00:51:19