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Vigilante is an investigative podcast about people who take justice into their own hands—for better or for worse. In both multi-part seasons and standalone episodes, the show spotlights everyday people driven to drastic measures. What motivates a vigilante? What are the structural forces that make them feel it's necessary to operate outside of the law? And what are the human consequences of those actions? Vigilante is a Kast Original podcast hosted by Allie Conti.

  • 38 minutes 36 seconds
    Byron David Smith: The Deer Hunter
    Byron Smith was tired of his home being burgled. He said it had been broken into at least a half dozen times. And he was determined not to let it happen again. So, Smith set a trap and laid in wait to protect his “castle.” When two teenage cousins broke into his house on Elm Street, it set off a true-life horror story.
    28 May 2024, 6:00 am
  • 16 minutes 14 seconds
    Ransom! Available now!
    Ransom: Season 1 - Position of Trust is a story of greed and betrayal and how one’s outward appearance can be dangerously deceiving. Go to, or follow Ransom on your favorite podcast app. Twelve-year-old McKay Everett disappeared from his Texas home in September 1995. His father Carl returned from an Amway meeting to find the back door ajar and the telephone ringing. On the line, a woman with a raspy voice demanded $500,000. Over the next week, the FBI played a game of cat-and-mouse with the kidnappers, who used inside information to stay one step ahead of the investigation. Ultimately the FBI uncovered a series of crimes that started long before McKay was taken. Most shocking of all was the suspect. McKay had been betrayed by someone he trusted – a pillar of the community hiding a dark secret. But decades later, McKay’s mother, Paulette, still isn’t satisfied with the official story. She doesn’t think everyone involved has been brought to justice.
    23 May 2024, 8:00 am
  • 41 minutes 48 seconds
    James Fairbanks: A Hero and a Devil
    James Fairbanks spent his career helping at-risk children. But their stories took a devastating toll on him. In 2020, Fairbanks said he witnessed a registered sex offender - Mattieo Condoluci - scouting out his next victim. Fairbanks vowed on the spot he wouldn’t allow another child to be abused. Taking justice into his own hands, Fairbanks confronted Condoluci, shooting him four times, and killing him. However, Condoluci's daughter praised Fairbanks for killing the man she said repeatedly raped her.
    21 May 2024, 5:00 am
  • 34 minutes 58 seconds
    Rev. Raymond Broshears: Militant Priest
    In the 1970s, San Francisco’s gay community was being terrorized. An unlikely hero emerged - Rev. Raymond Broshears. Determined to protect his flock, the gun-toting, controversial gay priest brought vigilante justice to San Francisco’s streets.
    14 May 2024, 6:00 am
  • 50 minutes 54 seconds
    Marvin Heemeyer: The Killdozer
    Marvin Heemeyer was nearing his breaking point after a decade-long battle with his local zoning commission. He believed they were conspiring against him. Heemeyer demanded justice, and in an effort to secure the justice he believed he deserved, he turned to an armored bulldozer and terrorized his local community.
    7 May 2024, 6:00 am
  • 3 minutes 22 seconds
    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!
    25 January 2024, 5:33 pm
  • 40 minutes 51 seconds
    Tim Miller: Epilogue
    Host Allie Conti joins Hannah Smith (The Opportunist) in conversation about the making of Vigilante, season one.   If you have recommendations for people we should profile in futures seasons of Vigilante, please leave them in a review in Apple Podcasts.
    20 June 2022, 7:01 am
  • 46 minutes 55 seconds
    5 of 5: Squaring the Circle
    What really happened to Laura Miller?
    13 June 2022, 7:01 am
  • 45 minutes 3 seconds
    4 of 5: To Walk Alone
    "Got to do whatever works, dear."
    6 June 2022, 4:01 am
  • 41 minutes 54 seconds
    3 of 5: Lessons
    Marla recovers a memory.
    30 May 2022, 7:01 am
  • 46 minutes 49 seconds
    2 of 5: Fun and Games
    "I set his ass up."
    23 May 2022, 7:11 am
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