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Con Artists

Parcast Network

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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,...Show More

56:23 | Aug 7th

In the 1990's, young writer Stephen Glass left college and entered the journalism world, quickly becoming a rising star. At the New Republic magazine in Washington D.C., Stephen dazzled his editors and captured his readers with compelling pieces writ...Show More

51:34 | Aug 28th

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,...Show More
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54:19 | Aug 21st

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 ...Show More

55:26 | Sep 18th

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.

23:04 | Sep 17th

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...Show More

47:42 | Sep 11th

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 O...Show More

49:49 | Sep 4th

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 sto...Show More

48:31 | Aug 14th

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 t...Show More

59:31 | Jul 31st

For decades, Bernie Madoff ran one of the largest Ponzi schemes in history, stealing billions of dollars from thousands of people, all under the guise of savvy investment techniques. But in the early 2000s, the wrong people finally asked the right qu...Show More

58:13 | Jul 24th

He stole from retirement funds, charities, and Holocaust survivors. And from the 1960s to 2008, people handed over their money willingly. In our first episode, we’ll see how Bernie Madoff turned his Manhattan broker-dealer firm into a vehicle for int...Show More

03:26 | Jul 1st

Parcast’s Original Show, Con Artists, peeks behind the masks of hustlers, swindlers, and Nigerian Princes. We’ll dive into their psychology, and teach listeners how to spot a con. Every week tells the story of a different scammer, someone like Gregor...Show More