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Who the Hell is Hamish?

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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?
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Introducing: Nowhere Child

Introducing: Nowhere Child

2019-08-0200:38:22

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.
The Reckoning

The Reckoning

2019-06-2100:36:5723

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.
Bonus Episode - Jane

Bonus Episode - Jane

2019-04-0501:33:3826

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.
The Definition of Evil

The Definition of Evil

2019-03-2901:06:2044

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?
On the Couch with Hamish

On the Couch with Hamish

2019-03-2200:40:0150

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.
Skiing was Hamish Watson's great love. Before he was a puffed-up futures trader in Sydney, he was a pumped-up muscle-bound ski instructor, in Australia and Canada. The ski fields of Canada were his home away from home, a place where he could show off the millions he'd stolen. He flew in on private jets, he bought properties, he handed out Rolex watches and he regaled the locals with tales of life as a billionaire who was mates with Tom and Nicole.But it wasn't all play and no work for Hamish in Canada. He stole millions, roping in a high end car dealership, and drawing the attention of a spy and a former Australian Prime Minister.
Who the Hell is Phil?

Who the Hell is Phil?

2019-03-0800:41:5962

Hamish arrived on the floor of the Sydney Futures Exchange in the late 90s - he talked big, but they all knew he traded small. They called him a One Lot Wonder. And they all wondered where he got his cash. There were cars and boats and trips in private jets and a girlfriend called The Pleasure Machine. But it was all other people's money. One of his victims reported $20m dollars worth of fraud to police, but Hamish slithered away to strike again.
The Intern

The Intern

2019-03-0100:41:0346

Jane was destined for big things. She was the great hope of her local school. She was in love with Jack, her teenage sweetheart. Life was sweet. Then along came Hamish, promising an internship and a placement at Princeton. Two families would be devastated by the results.Music credits:Meydn - L'Etoile danse Pt.2,Smallertide - One March Dayelectric-tric - Sketch 3, Sketch 14Komiku - Action Time Attack ResearchChris Zabriskie- Last Night I Dreamt I Saw True Love In Your Eyes
The Gatsby of the Great Lakes

The Gatsby of the Great Lakes

2019-02-2200:36:0651

Hamish arrived in sleepy Blueys Beach with a beautiful woman on his arm, and on the run from his past. Rumours of dark deeds wafted through in his wake. Then he met Bec Rosen. He'd shower her with love.They'd be married on the balcony of a beach shack. He'd become a father figure to her boys. And then he'd cruelly betray them all.Music credits:Meydn - L'Etoile danse Pt.2, RainRafael_Archangel - Melancholy TuneUuriter - Years And Years
Fashion Crimes

Fashion Crimes

2019-02-1500:35:3876

Hamish McLaren was always attracted to the high-life. It was inevitable he'd gravitate to fashion. And so, nestled among the retirees and energy healers Hamish stole from was another name: Lisa Ho. But had Hamish met his match in this high profile Sydney designer?Music credits:Meydn - L'Etoile danse Pt.2, Blind, RainChris Zabriskie - Cylinder FiveSmallertide - One March Day
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Anna Wuollet

Jane is so strong yet allows herself to be vulnerable in this podcast. In my opinion she has nothing to blame herself for since she was groomed and manipulated in so many ways. The "choices" she made at that young age weren't in her control. I wish the presenter and general public would have more empathy for her. Poor woman

Oct 8th
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Anna Wuollet

She did not make a mistake. she was groomed and abused. I like this podcast but I'm disappointed with the attitude toward her

Aug 29th
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Chantal Lennox

Listen back...notice that she only cried and expressed emotion when the pain was hers ie. HER career (remarking that ironically she probably did worse at high school because of Hamish, than getting to Princeton as he promised her) HER reputation (the shame preventing her from hanging in her home town of Forster). She never once cried or demonstrated emotion through her voice when talking about her grandparents lost money or having an affair with her (affectively) stepmother's partner. My intuition tells me she's very much like Hamish: A 'me, me, me' person. Just not as smart.

Aug 6th
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Carol Randal

Glad I've heard it all. What a shit! Excellent podcast. Thanks.

Jul 18th
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o

Girl, if you want to blame someone other than Hamish, blame Bec for involving him in everyone's life. She's the 40-year-old who didn't listen to the people close to her, and the people who knew him better than she, warning her about him. She hasn't shown a tenth of the remorse this girl has.

Jul 13th
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o

This guy 🤦 Stop. Interrupting. People.

Jul 13th
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Donna Smyth

hold your head up high jane

Jul 3rd
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msjessl

Have to admit I had a tear in my eye when the judge started reading out the sentence.

Jun 23rd
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PJ Simon

I get that she paused when she spoke, but that made for a terrible listen.

May 24th
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Nathaniel Chu

Great podcast but he needs to stop interrupting the talking over the interviewee all the time with his questions.

May 13th
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Angie Brennan

I agree with the sentiment that Jane was groomed and abused. This man should be prosecuted for these crimes and Jane needs to be validated as a victim. Saying she made a mistake as a teenager, who was being groomed by this sociopath is unconscionable.

May 5th
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Lyndon Hays

What a beautifully articulate young lady. I wish Jane all the very best for her life. This most certainly has been a major stumbling block in her life, but with her attitude and resilience she cannot help but be successful. I have nothing but admiration for this wonderful strong woman.

Apr 22nd
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Sam Love

Jane you are fascinated figure with strong confident personality and very passionate person about life are and will be in future very optimistic ya just one thing I would love you to change and be that's fear from past trying to not undertaken in future you will you world brave women tick Sam Power of love you

Apr 12th
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David Oliver

What an amazing man Jack has become. You should be proud of yourself mate. Your outlook on whats happened is admirable. Your mum should be proud of you too which I'm sure she is. Hamish is an evil man and is in a tiny minority of the overall population. Im a strong believer in Karma. I'm sure you can trust again and move on. All the best to you and the rest of your family.

Apr 10th
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J Coker

they come across as so naive, in retrospect. I've come across a couple of people I really didn't feel comfortable about in their behavior and I have forwarded this podcast. my experience is v limited but folks need to realise there are people like this out there. thanks alot

Apr 8th
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KC

Why does this guy James Lee sound like he's crying when he talks? He sounds weird.

Apr 7th
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1942

I really felt so much for our 'Jane' and was so happy to hear so much compassion in the interview. 'Jane' - you have nothing but my empathy and support - you could not have known the monster you were dealing with. I do not judge you at all for your past. You're an amazing woman!!

Apr 5th
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Megs Malcs

Poor girl, taken advantage of by a total scumbag

Apr 5th
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Elle Askelin

She didn't have an affair. She was manipulated by a man almost 3 times her age. Wasn't a fan of Greg's comments. Jane was a minor at the time!

Apr 3rd
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Tim Donovan

The girl from England was 20yrs younger than him, said he was bad in bed and a bit odd, yet she stayed with him because "he was a good listener". I think she also meant to say "because he was rich and I loved the lifestyle"

Apr 2nd
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