Pretend - a true crime podcast about con artists

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PRETEND is a podcast: Interviews with cult leaders, con artists, undercover agents, and anyone else who lived a life of deception.

  • 36 minutes 37 seconds
    1802: Who's Afraid of LaDonna Humphrey part 2

    In this episode, we explore the troubling allegations against LaDonna Humphrey surrounding the Melissa Witt case. Crime victim advocate Patti Rush shares her story, claiming that Humphrey, once seen as an ally, was actually behind years of harassment and deceit. From stolen evidence to questionable motives, we peel back the layers on a complicated figure.

    Patti Rush, a dedicated crime victim advocate, shares her experiences and evidence, suggesting that Humphrey, who was once seen as a supportive ally, may have been orchestrating years of harassment and deceit. We'll discuss stolen evidence, questionable motives, and the broader implications for the true crime community.


    • [00:01:00] Alicia Lockhart's story of being tormented by "Fetish Master" and the shocking discovery that it might have been LaDonna Humphrey.
    • [00:04:00] Introduction of Patti Rush, her work with REVAMP, and her connection to the Melissa Witt case.
    • [00:08:00] Patti’s account of LaDonna's unusual access to the Melissa Witt case files and evidence.
    • [00:13:00] The story of the mishandling evidence and crime scene video posted online.
    • [00:16:00] Details of the harassment Patti faced after reporting the video to the police.
    • [00:20:00] Allegations of LaDonna’s desire for fame and how it influenced her actions.
    • [00:26:00] Discussion of Charles Ray Vines, a possible suspect in the Melissa Witt case, and why LaDonna ruled him out.
    • [00:31:00] Insights into LaDonna’s new suspect and ongoing investigations.

    Call to Action: The story is far from over. Don’t miss out on the next part of this series. Listen to part three now on Patreon or PRETEND+ on Apple Podcast.


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    11 June 2024, 7:30 am
  • 42 minutes 29 seconds
    1801: Who's Afraid of LaDonna Humphrey part 1

    LaDonna Humphrey. Remember that name because she is central to this story. I've tried to sum up this tale quickly, but every time I attempt an elevator pitch, I fail. When friends ask me what this new series is about, I'm at a loss for words. It's impossible to explain in just a few minutes.

    I'm about to retell the story the way I learned it: completely out of order. By the end, you'll need a suspect board like the ones in the movies. I've conducted over 20 interviews and counting, and you're going to hear some far-fetched allegations from many different people—strangers who share one common thread: they've all crossed paths with LaDonna Humphrey.

    There's a lot of he said, she said in this story, and I'll do my best to prove or disprove each claim. This series is going to be a long one, unfolding in real-time as you listen. By the end, I hope I've done enough for you to make up your own mind and understand why so many people are afraid of LaDonna Humphrey.

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    4 June 2024, 7:30 am
  • 11 minutes 4 seconds
    TRAILER: Who's Afraid of LaDonna Humphrey

    LaDonna Humphrey, a respected true crime author and podcaster, has built a strong reputation through her detailed investigations. However, beneath her acclaimed public image lies a troubling undercurrent of allegations and dark secrets. As former associates, friends, and family come forward with disturbing claims. These people have never spoken out... until now.

    The question arises: Who's really afraid of LaDonna Humphrey?

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    31 May 2024, 9:00 pm
  • 11 minutes
    Introducing: White Devil from Campire Media

    Sharing something special this week: A show from our friends at Campside Media, called White Devil. Late at night in May of 2021, a single gunshot shattered the silence along the beach at Belize’s luxurious Alaia resort. In White Devil, journalist Josh Dean dives into one of the biggest, splashiest, and most perplexing crime stories you’ve never heard of: The shooting death of renowned cop Henry Jemott, by a Canadian property developer, connected to the family of one very influential billionaire. In investigating, the craggy depths of Belize are brought to the surface: Its quirks, its corruption, and the all pervasive influence of several generations of one family in particular. You can binge the rest of White Devil at:


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    20 May 2024, 2:10 pm
  • 44 minutes 45 seconds
    1705: Hockey Dad Poses as Delta Force Agent to Scam Parents part 2

    The strange and intricate hoax crafted by Saint Jovite "Kota" Youngblood, a hockey dad who posed as a Delta Force agent, unravels in court. An FBI agent peels back each layer of Youngblood's elaborate scheme that duped dozens of families.

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    14 May 2024, 11:41 am
  • 35 minutes 42 seconds
    1704: Hockey Dad Poses as Delta Force Agent to Scam Parents part 1

    Saint Jovite Youngblood posed as a Delta Force agent to swindle the families of his son’s hockey team.

    Today's episode revolves around two victims: Eric Perardi, an Austin-based real estate developer, and Rebecca Kumar, a hockey mom, whose lives were turned upside down by Youngblood’s elaborate scams. Their experiences may sound like something out of a crime thriller, but they show the danger of falling prey to a master manipulator.

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    7 May 2024, 7:30 am
  • 7 minutes 55 seconds
    1703: The Doula BREAKING NEWS

    BREAKING NEWS - Kaitlyn Braun is Arrested Again for Duping Doulas in Phony Pregnancy Scam

    25-year-old Kaitlyn Braun, who is currently under house arrest for prior offenses involving fraud and harassment against doulas, faces new charges as of Tuesday. This week's charges come after new allegations of once again exploiting the trust of unsuspecting doulas by falsely soliciting support related to pregnancy and childbirth.

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    2 May 2024, 1:02 pm
  • 3 minutes 51 seconds
    Introducing: MURDER HOMES


    The real estate market has never been hotter. Houses sell as soon as

    they’re listed. Bidding wars lead to all cash deals far above the asking

    price. But there is one kind of property that often sits on the market

    for years, no matter how much of a bargain it seems to be. Potential

    buyers come and go, the price keeps going down, and still the house

    stands empty. 

    In real estate jargon, it’s called a “stigmatized property” because

    the home comes with a history. An unfortunate one – a horrible death

    occurred here. But what few people know is exactly what happened.... or


    Each week, Murder Homes tells the story of a single

    property. Who lived there? What secrets did they keep, and what did they

    leave behind? Part history, part murder mystery, this podcast mixes

    expert interviews, witness accounts, and court records to pull back the

    curtain on the hidden stories each property has to tell. 

    Would you be able to live somewhere that seems perfect, if it weren’t for the ghosts of its past?

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    26 April 2024, 7:30 am
  • 38 minutes 22 seconds
    1702: The Doula part 2

    In the second installment of "The Doula" series, we uncover new dimensions of Kaitlyn Braun’s elaborate pregnancy scams. This episode features a new doula speaking out about her experiences, the story of how Kaitlyn was finally caught, and a revealing interview with a former friend whom Kaitlyn also deceived.

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    23 April 2024, 7:30 am
  • 28 minutes 51 seconds
    1701: The Doula part 1

    Warning: This episode contains graphic discussions of pregnancy loss, sexual violence, and emotional abuse. Listener discretion is advised.

    In this episode of "Pretend," listen to the chilling tale of Kaitlyn Braun, a woman who orchestrated an elaborate pregnancy hoax, affecting nearly 60 doulas across Ontario. Seanna Hayes, a doula from London, Ontario, provides a firsthand account of her experience with Kaitlyn Braun. The story begins on a stormy night when Seanna is called to assist Kaitlyn, allegedly in labor, only to discover a web of lies, manipulation, and betrayal that spans across multiple doulas and involves a series of fake medical emergencies and hospital visits.

    This episode explores the psychological and emotional impact of Kaitlyn's actions on the doulas, the potential motives behind her behavior, and the aftermath of this bizarre case.

    Stay tuned for Part Two, exclusively on Patreon and Pretend+ on Apple Podcasts, where we continue the conversation with another doula who shares a very different experience with Kaitlyn Braun.

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    22 April 2024, 7:02 pm
  • 51 minutes 40 seconds
    Confessions of a Ponzi Schemer

    This episode offers an unprecedented look into the life of the 'Timepiece Gentleman' Ponzi schemer, Anthony Farrar, whose love for luxury watches spiraled into a deceitful web of lies, culminating in a rare and candid confession.

    If you want to hear more wild Ponzi stories, subscribe to The Ponzi Playbook hosted by me, Javier Leiva, and my buddy Neal McTighe.



    Also, listen to Javier's interview on The Film Nuts podcast.

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    9 April 2024, 7:30 am
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