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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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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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Episodes

Charles Ponzi Pt. 2: “The Father of Fraud”

11/20/2019
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Within 16 years of coming to America, Italian immigrant Carlo Ponzi would build a financial empire based on a massive scam. But by 1920, Ponzi would be exposed as a fraud, but unwilling to go away quietly.

Duration:00:46:49

Listen First! DOG TALES, A Parcast Original Series!

11/14/2019
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They’re four-legged, full of love and often times more like family than their nickname suggests. Parcast’s endearing original series, DOG TALES, tells the true stories of heroic canines that have gone above and beyond their “best friend” duties. Every Monday, embark on a new journey of courage, service and unwavering sacrifice by our most loyal companions. Enjoy this exclusive clip from the first episode on Buddy the German Shepherd—America’s first seeing-eye guide dog. To finish this...

Duration:00:14:02

Charles Ponzi Pt. 1: “The Father of Fraud”

11/13/2019
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Italian immigrant Carlo Ponzi came to Boston in the early 1900's intent on making a name for himself. But as he struggled to make ends meet, he discovered a highly lucrative investment method involving the resale of Italian postage. Just one catch—there was no investment plan.

Duration:00:51:54

Madame Rachel Pt. 2: “The Beauty of Lies”

11/6/2019
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Not only were Madame Rachel's claims about the magical qualities of her cosmetics false, she also used her London salon as a front for shadier practices like blackmail and prostitution.

Duration:00:47:41

Par for the Crime: POLITICAL SCANDALS, A Parcast Original Series!

11/3/2019
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Every Tuesday leading up to the 2020 election, POLITICAL SCANDALS counts down the 52 most controversial events in American history—uncovering the crimes and deceptions by some of our most infamous elected officials. And now you can hear a special clip from the first episode on the cutthroat circumstances surrounding the election of 1800. To finish this episode, subscribe to POLITICAL SCANDALS free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!

Duration:00:13:07

Madame Rachel Pt. 1: “The Beauty of Lies”

10/30/2019
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In 1860s Victorian London, a woman from humble beginnings cons her way into the world of high society—selling exorbitantly priced bogus cosmetics to the very women she aims to befriend.

Duration:00:48:40

Christian Gerhartsreiter Pt. 2: “The Unknown Rockefeller”

10/23/2019
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In 1995, Sandra Boss married who she thought was “Clark Rockefeller.” What she didn’t know was that his name was actually Christian Gerhartsreiter, and he held within him a slew of secrets, violent tendencies and increasingly erratic behavior. A wild divorce settlement and kidnapping would send Gerhartsreiter on the run.

Duration:00:50:34

Listen First! VILLAINS, A Parcast Original Series!

10/22/2019
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Bad guys. Black hats. Evildoers. They are the bane of every hero’s existence…and the subject of Parcast’s dastardly new original series, VILLAINS. Every Friday, join Alastair from CON ARTISTS, as he dissects the greatest foils from history and fiction—uncovering origins, analyzing impacts, and exploring the complexity of character and motive. In this clip, we explore the creation of an iconic, modern-day psychopath of the silver screen—Anton Chigurh from No Country for Old Men. To finish...

Duration:00:18:11

Christian Gerhartsreiter Pt. 1: “The Unknown Rockefeller”

10/16/2019
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Born in Germany in the 1960s, Christian Gerhartsreiter had dreams of going to America...conning his way when necessary to get there. He would assume a number of identities, including an exchange student and a long-lost relative of European nobility. But his greatest deception was yet to come.

Duration:00:46:52

Bonus: Today In True Crime - Zodiac Killer

10/11/2019
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On this day in 1969, the Zodiac Killer’s last confirmed victim was shot and killed.

Duration:00:12:35

Jeanne de Saint-Rémy Pt. 2: Comtesse de la Motte

10/9/2019
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18th Century France—con artist Jeanne de la Motte hoodwinks the royals, ultimately contributing to the fall of the monarchy.

Duration:00:48:46

Jeanne de Saint-Rémy Pt. 1: Comtesse de la Motte

10/2/2019
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Jeanne de la Motte was an 18th-century French confidence artist. She eventually hoodwinked the members of the royal family in such a dramatic fashion, it ultimately contributed to the fall of the monarchy, and hastened the French Revolution.

Duration:00:41:52

Sante Kimes Pt. 2: Escalation

9/25/2019
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In 1998, Sante and Kenny Kimes started a spree of crimes by stealing a green Lincoln Town Car. Before the summer was over, they'd escalated to fraud, kidnapping, and murder.

Duration:00:51:51

Sante Kimes Pt. 1: Mother and Son

9/18/2019
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Sante ran cons for the majority of her life and involved both her husband, Kenneth Kimes, Sr., and their son, Kenny, in her elaborate plots. She made them accomplices to fraud, arson, human trafficking, and murder.

Duration:00:51:03

Introducing: SPORTS CRIMINALS, a new Parcast Original!

9/17/2019
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In our new show SPORTS CRIMINALS, we break down the crimes and careers of the most controversial sports figures in history. From kidnapping and murder to widespread corruption scandals, we give you the play by play of what lurks in the shadows of the sports world. New episodes come out every Thursday! In this clip we introduce the incredible rise and precipitous fall of Oscar Pistorius, who captured the attention of the world by participating in the 2012 Olympic games as a double-leg...

Duration:00:21:04

Jordan Belfort Pt. 2: Wolf In A Cage

9/11/2019
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Tremendous wealth fueled an incredibly lavish lifestyle, filled with luxury goods and debauchery. However, the glitz and glamour was supported by a web of lies. Within five years of its founding, both the SEC and the FBI were investigating Stratton Oakmont’s activities. Jordan Belfort’s dream life was coming apart at the seams.

Duration:00:43:47

Jordan Belfort Pt. 1: The Wolf of Wall Street

9/4/2019
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On Jordan Belfort’s first day as a Wall Street Stockbroker, in October 1987, the market crashed over 500 points. A month later, he was out of a job. Down, out, and completely broke, the soon to be Wolf of Wall Street reinvented himself as a penny stockbroker, and devised a scam so simple – so ingenious – he was soon earning almost $1 million a week.

Duration:00:43:49

Anna Anderson Pt. 2: Princess Imposter

8/28/2019
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By 1925, 28-year-old Franziska Schanzkowsky had forged a new life for herself posing as the long lost Russian monarch, Anastasia Romanov. For decades she would bounce from the palaces and mansions of her wealthy supporters across Europes and America, honing her skills as a master manipulator. But when a series of events threatens to unmask her, Franziska will go to great lengths to maintain her con at any cost. Parcasters - Watergate forever changed the way Americans look at the presidency,...

Duration:00:45:34

Anna Anderson Pt. 1: The False Anastasia

8/21/2019
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Franziska Schanzkowsky always thought she was destined for something bigger than the life of a Polish peasant. In 1921, after the fall of the Romanov Empire, 24-year-old Franziska claimed she was the Grand Duchess Anastasia, the youngest daughter of deposed Tsar Nicholas II. But to maintain the lie, Franziska would have to surrender more of herself than she ever realized...including her sanity. Parcasters - This week on Crimes of Passion we take on the infamous case of Lorena and John...

Duration:00:48:19

Stephen Glass Pt. 2: “Hack Heaven”

8/14/2019
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In May of 1998, rock-star journalist Stephen Glass tried to break into the burgeoning field of reporting: digital technology. He wrote an article that impressed his colleagues, his editor, and the general public. Unfortunately, not a word of it was true. Parcasters - Thank you so much for listening to our new podcast!

Duration:00:42:31