The Opportunist

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The Opportunist tells true stories of regular people who turn sinister by embracing opportunity. How does an everyday person turn into a thief, a scammer or a cult leader? Perhaps the most dangerous person is the one who appears the...

  • 52 minutes 7 seconds
    Vault Release: CHRIS BATHUM Part 4 of 5: The Sleeping Bear
    Rose searches for evidence to bring to law enforcement and comes across a CRLA laptop, as Jill realizes the awful truth behind Chris' behavior. A hopeful new client named Amanda enters CRLA with the intent to stay sober, but suddenly finds herself isolated and alone with Chris Bathum.
    29 April 2024, 8:00 am
  • 54 minutes 58 seconds
    Vault Release: CHRIS BATHUM Part 3 of 5: Rumors
    More rumors circulate around Chris Bathum, especially over the death of a beloved client named Mo. Meanwhile, a devoted employee named Jill is skeptical of CRLA's insurance billing and Rose sets out to find the truth behind the biggest rumor of them all.
    22 April 2024, 6:00 am
  • 50 minutes 53 seconds
    Vault Release: CHRIS BATHUM Part 2 of 5: Hypnotist
    Chris tells Rose that all the rumors about him are because of Cliff Brodsky, a former investor in CRLA's predecessor, Walking Miracles. Chris paints Brodsky as his nemesis, an unhinged wild card who wants to destroy their community. But his battle against Brodsky gets out of hand when he suggests desperate measures to stop him. 
    15 April 2024, 6:00 am
  • 55 minutes 24 seconds
    Vault Release: CHRIS BATHUM Part 1 of 5: Rehab Mogul
    In 2013, Rose Stahl sought the help of Christopher Bathum, a therapist and CEO of a burgeoning recovery organization called Community Recovery Los Angeles. Chris would eventually offer Rose a job at CRLA. But after a while, she started hearing unsettling rumors surrounding Chris' behavior, especially towards female clients. Find the episode transcript here: tinyurl.com/opppodcast
    8 April 2024, 8:00 am
  • 54 minutes 4 seconds
    Vault Release: CHRIS BATHUM Part 5 of 5: Criminal
    Multiple investigations close in on Chris Bathum as his behavior leads to dire consequences, including a drug arrest with a former CRLA client named Erika Littell. As his criminal trial gets underway, the prosecution battles with the idea of victim credibility, and Chris' defense is unintentionally reinvigorated thanks to evidence provided by Cliff Brodsky. 
    20 February 2024, 10:00 am
  • 1 hour 3 minutes
    End of Year Wrap Up 2023

    In this wrap up episode for 2023, Hannah revisits some of your favorite episodes and seasons and gives updates! She also takes questions and voicemails from listeners, including one listener who writes in with a bizarre mystery that she wants your help to solve. 

    Hannah checks back in with people she interviewed years ago as well as gives an update on Sherry Shriner's followers and speaks with someone who has a very personal relationship with Orgone.

    Links from the episode:

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    If you want to stay up-to-date with Nora's project on her father, you can find her on Instagram @Noracroftcutsmyhair 

    Visit the Adrienne Wilson Liver Cancer Association at bluefaery.org 

    You can reach out to Hannah on Instagram or X @hannahpodcasts 

    6 February 2024, 9:00 am
  • 3 minutes 9 seconds
    Welcome To Varnamtown! Available now!
    Two years ago, Kyle MacLachlan, the star of Twin Peaks, called investigative journalist Joshua Davis with a strange story. Kyle had heard a rumor that Pablo Escobar did a deal in the early 1980s with a remote, coastal Southern town of 300 people. In exchange for vast wealth and limitless cocaine, Escobar would be allowed to land planes and ships in the area. Over the last 24 months, Josh and Kyle investigated the rumor, journeying to Varnamtown to knock on doors and find out what really happens when a firehose of money and cocaine is turned on a small, tight knit community. Listen to and follow Varnamtown at Apple Podcasts now! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/varnamtown/id1725195343
    25 January 2024, 5:17 pm
  • 39 minutes 40 seconds
    MARC ST-ONGE Part 1 of 1: The Mudman
    In early 2021, a new product went viral in health and wellness spaces on Facebook. Black Oxygen Organics (or BOO) was an MLM selling what was touted as the "miracle cure." What was it? It was mud. Actual mud that people were eating, drinking, bathing in and giving to their babies and pets. Many claimed it cured their COVID symptoms. But this product was not what it claimed to be. What was it actually doing to people? The man behind it all was Marc St-Onge and he watched as millions of orders flooded in.
    31 October 2023, 7:00 am
  • 15 minutes 42 seconds
    Show Announcement + Mini Episode

    Enjoy today's mini episode about a guardianship scam and please send your stories and questions to: 

    [email protected]

    or on Instagram or Twitter/X @hannahpodcasts 

    Thank you Lindsey Dominguez for sharing your story! Her podcast is called What's Up ABQ.  

    27 October 2023, 4:14 pm
  • 45 minutes 11 seconds
    KIMBERLY SMITH Part 5 of 5: A Breath of Stale Air
    Fred and Stacia anxiously wait for Kimberly Smith to face justice and continue to look for answers as to how Goldie Robinson died. You can purchase Opportunist merchandise here: https://theopportunistpodcast.com/ Thank you to our sponsors: Hello Fresh: Go to Hellofresh.com/50opp and use code 50opp for 50% off plus free shipping!Go to HelloFresh dot com slash 50opp and use code 50opp for 50% off plus free shippingGo to HelloFresh dot com slash 50opp and use code 50opp for 50% off plus free shipping! Shopify: sign up for a $1-per-month trial at shopify.com/opp Dipsea: sign up for a 30-day free trial at DipseaStories.com/opp Sports Explains the World: To hear incredible stories from the wide world of sports, listen to Sports Explains the World on the Wondery App or wherever you get your podcasts. Canva: Get a free 45-day trial when you go to Canva.me/opp Better Help: This show is sponsored by Better Help. Go to Betterhelp.com/opp to get 10% off your first month.
    19 September 2023, 7:00 am
  • 53 minutes 21 seconds
    DAN WARREN Part 1 of 1: Service Dog Fraud
    From the outside, Dan Warren's farm in Madison County, Virginia looked idyllic. A place where life-saving Diabetic Alert Dogs were carefully bred and trained. But in 2011, a cruel fraud was exposed and the families he hurt would search for justice. You can purchase Opportunist merchandise here: https://theopportunistpodcast.com/  Thank you to our sponsors:  Raycon: Go to BuyRaycon.com/opp to get 15% off your entire Raycon order.  Dipsea: Dipsea is offering an extended 30-day free trial when you go to Dipseastories.com/opp  Apostrophe: Save $15 off your first visit with an Apostrophe provider by going to Apostrophe.com/opp and using code OPP Mejuri: Get 10% off your first order at Mejuri.com/opp
    19 September 2023, 7:00 am
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