Swindled

Swindled Podcast

Utilizes narrative storytelling, archival audio, and immersive soundscapes to explore true stories of white-collar criminals, con artists, and corporate evil. From corruption and fraud to Ponzi schemes and environmental disasters, these financially motivated crimes have shaped our world in unimaginable ways. All in the name of greed.

The Space Program (Challenger Disaster)
The organizational culture of the United States space program leads to one of the deadliest disasters in aeronautics history. Prelude: Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov embarks on a doomed mission to space. PATREON: Patreon.com/Swindled DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop MUSIC: Deformr INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | FACEBOOK Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The I.M.O.M. (Peter Foster)
An Australian con artist is arrested on multiple continents while indulging in "millions, models, and mayhem". Prelude: Novy Chardon disappears amid a divorce dispute with her millionaire husband. PATREON: Patreon.com/Swindled DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop MUSIC: Deformr (deformr.com) INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

The Barefoot Bandit (Colton Harris Moore)
A teenager from the Pacific Northwest embarks on an international burglary spree. Prelude: Joshua Paul Calhoun becomes the East Texas "Superthief". PATREON: Patreon.com/Swindled DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop MUSIC: Deformr (deformr.com) INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The Treatment (Bayer AG)
A multinational pharmaceutical company with a dark past becomes the central figure of a contaminated blood product crisis. Prelude: Ryan White is banned from school after contracting HIV. PATREON: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. MUSIC: Deformr (deformr.com) INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit me...

The Referee (Tim Donaghy)
A professional basketball referee uses his knowledge of the inner workings of the league to place bets on the games. Prelude: Joe Gagliano recruits Arizona State University's star basketball player to participate in a point-shaving scandal. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. MUSIC: Deformr (deformr.com) INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks for list...

The Vigilante (Pat Johnson)
A towing industry watchdog patrols the streets of Austin, Texas in search of a serial rock thrower. Prelude: Joe Stack exacts revenge against the Internal Revenue Service. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. MUSIC: Deformr (deformr.com) INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adcho...


The Octopus (United Fruit Company)
One of the largest and most recognizable banana companies in the world has an exploitative and bloody history in Central America. Prelude: An American banana company continues to use a pesticide in Central America after it is banned in the United States. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. MUSIC: Deformr (deformr.com) INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. T...

The Genius (Martin Frankel)
A sex-obsessed stockbroker uses astrology when conducting a series of investment frauds. Prelude: Tommy Quinn's life of crime. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. MUSIC: Deformr (deformr.com) INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The Grant (Scott Westerhuis)
The suspect administration of an education grant in South Dakota leads to tragedy. Prelude: Steven Sueppel discovers an easy way out after being charged for embezzlement. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. MUSIC: Deformr (deformr.com) INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks for listening. :-) WHERE TO DONATE FOR BLM: https://nymag.com/strategist/arti...


The Pope (Dan Johnson)
The lies and crimes of a Kentucky pastor turned politician are revealed in an investigative report. Prelude: A Louisville city councilman's career in politics ends following multiple accusations of sexual misconduct. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. MUSIC: Deformr (deformr.com) INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more ab...

The Gamechanger (Belle Gibson)
A young Australian woman becomes a health and wellness guru after defeating terminal brain cancer through diet, exercise, and alternative therapies. Prelude: Jess Ainscough transforms into 'The Wellness Warrior' following a rare cancer diagnosis. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. MUSIC: Deformr (deformr.com) INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks fo...

Bonus: The Boner King (Enzyte)
Led by an effective advertising campaign (Smilin' Bob), an herbal supplement company's popular male enhancement pill is revealed to be a $500 million fraud. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled. Or donate directly at SwindledPodcast.com/Support. Or buy something at SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. Original music for Swindled is written and performed by Trevor Howard (The Lungs).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The Switch (Flint Water Crisis)
A cost-cutting decision to switch municipal water sources leads to a public health crisis in Flint, Michigan. Prelude: The discovery and response to the lead contamination of Washington, D.C. drinking water. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled Or donate directly at SwindledPodcast.com/Support Or buy something at SwindledPodcast.com/Shop Original music for Swindled is written and performed by Trevor Howard (The Lungs) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.f...

The Raid (Agriprocessors)
An immigration raid at a kosher slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa uncovers financial crimes committed by the company's CEO, Sholom Rubashkin. Prelude: Thirteen hundred undocumented workers are arrested during a coordinated raid of six Swift & Co. meatpacking facilities. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled. Or donate directly at SwindledPodcast.com/Support. Or buy something at SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. Original music for Swindled is written and performed by Trevor Howard (...

Bonus: The Promotion (McDonald's Monopoly)
In a scheme that lasted over a decade, Jerome "Uncle Jerry" Jacobson defrauded fast food giant McDonald's for over $20 million by rigging the promotional Monopoly game. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled. Or donate directly at SwindledPodcast.com/Support. Or buy something at SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. Original music for Swindled is written and performed by Trevor Howard (The Lungs).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The Sultan (Anthony Gignac)
A lifelong con artist impersonates a Saudi Arabian prince to live a life of luxury.  Prelude: Thomas Noe manages the State of Ohio's $50 million rare coin investment. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled. Or donate directly at SwindledPodcast.com/Support. Or buy something at SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. Original music for Swindled is written and performed by Trevor Howard (The Lungs).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The Revenger (Hunter Moore)
A middle school dropout embraces his role as "the most hated man on the Internet" after creating a notorious "revenge porn" website called Is Anyone Up. Prelude: Kevin Bollaert becomes the first person convicted under California's revenge porn law. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled. Or donate directly at SwindledPodcast.com/Support. Or buy something at SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. Original music for Swindled is written and performed by Trevor Howard (The Lungs).  Learn mor...

The GPO Girl (Samantha Azzopardi)
Australia's "most notorious con woman" adopts multiple aliases to commit crimes around the world. Prelude: Jerry Joseph leaves Haiti to become a high school basketball star in a small, west Texas town. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled. Or donate directly at SwindledPodcast.com/Support. Or buy something at SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. Original music for Swindled is written and performed by Trevor Howard (The Lungs).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adch...


The GPO Girl (Samantha Azzopardi)
Australia's "most notorious con woman" adopts multiple aliases to commit crimes around the world. Prelude: Jerry Joseph leaves Haiti to become a high school basketball star in a small, west Texas town. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled. Or donate directly at SwindledPodcast.com/Support. Or buy something at SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. Original music for Swindled is written and performed by Trevor Howard (The Lungs).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adch...

The Mine (Crandall Canyon Mine)
A coal mining disaster in Utah places the mine's owner in the media spotlight. Prelude: The Sago Mine disaster leads to renewed scrutiny on mine safety. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled. Or donate directly at SwindledPodcast.com/Support. Or buy something at SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. Original music for Swindled is written and performed by Trevor Howard (The Lungs).  Vote for Swindled in the 2019 Discover Pods Awards here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone...

The Madam (Deborah Jeane Palfrey)
The owner of a Washington D.C. escort agency loses everything after becoming the subject of a federal investigation. Prelude: Kristin M. Davis, the Manhattan Madam, runs for office after spending time in prison. Listen to Susie Bright's full interview with Deborah Jeane Palfrey on In Bed with Susie Bright exclusively on Audible. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. MUSIC: Deformr (deformr.com) INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWIT...


The Family Business (Doug Pielsticker)
A successful trucking company is destroyed after it is inherited by the boss' greedy son. Prelude: Hundreds of Falcon Transport employees are blindsided by the company's sudden closure. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. MUSIC: Deformr (deformr.com) INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit mega...

The Survivor (Tania Head)
A Spanish woman becomes the president of a survivors group in the aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001.  Prelude: Fred Parisi, a New York City police officer, creates a foundation to support 9/11 first responders.  SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. MUSIC: Deformr (deformr.com) INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks for l...

The Fundraiser (Johnny Bobbitt Jr.)
A New Jersey couple raises money on GoFundMe to repay a homeless man for his act of kindness. Prelude: Ginny Irovando Long organizes a fundraiser for her terminally ill son. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. MUSIC: Deformr (deformr.com) INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adc...


The Whistleblower (Karen Silkwood)
A chemical technician risks her life to expose corporate misdeeds at a nuclear facility in Oklahoma. Prelude: Energy mogul Robert S. Kerr becomes the "uncrowned king of the Senate". SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. MUSIC: Deformr (deformr.com) INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphon...

The Tour (Jered Threatin)
A disastrous European tour reveals that an American rock band manufactured an entire fan base. Prelude: German R&B duo, Milli Vanilli, are exposed for lip syncing. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. MUSIC: Deformr (deformr.com) INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The Implants (Poly Implant Prothèse)
A French breast implant manufacturing company's method of cutting costs incites a global health scare. Prelude: Concerns over safety issues related to silicone breast implants leads to a moratorium on sales in the United States. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. MUSIC: Deformr (deformr.com) INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks for listening. :-) L...


The Match (Simon Leviev)
An international fraudster posing as a wealthy CEO utilizes a popular dating app to scam women out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Prelude: Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto, an Australian grandmother, meets the man of her dreams online. Link to the VG report: https://www.vg.no/spesial/2019/tindersvindleren/english/ SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. MUSIC: Deformr (deformr.com) INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter....

The Socialite (Anna Delvey)
A Russian-born con artist posing as a wealthy German heiress scams businesses and acquaintances in an attempt to develop her own art foundation in New York. Prelude: Kari Ferrell's Brooklyn exploits earn her the nickname "The Hipster Grifter". SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. MUSIC: Deformr (deformr.com) INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks for l...

Bonus: The Refugee (Wyclef Jean)
A between-season bonus episode in which a hip-hop superstar establishes a charitable foundation to benefit his homeland, the Republic of Haiti. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. MUSIC: Deformr (deformr.com) INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The Producer (Joe Francis)
A young entrepreneur’s Girls Gone Wild franchise leads to a litany of legal issues related to tax evasion, bribery, and false imprisonment as well as accusations of sexual assault. Prelude: A group of high school students create a much-maligned reality film titled Bumfights that features amateur stunts performed by homeless people. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. MUSIC: Deformr (deformr.com) INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. T...

The Downline (Herbalife)
A multi-level marketing company becomes a global success despite accusations of dangerous products and exploitation. Prelude: Glenn W. Turner’s lifetime of pyramid schemes. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. MUSIC: Deformr (deformr.com) INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adch...

The Sting (Abscam)
The FBI turns to a career con artist to assist with an undercover sting operation that ensnares multiple members of the United States Congress. Prelude: Mel Weinberg’s lifetime of scams finally catches up with him. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. MUSIC: Deformr (deformr.com) INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more abou...


The Mayor (Kwame Kilpatrick)
A young politician ruins a promising career with numerous financial and sexual scandals. Prelude: The unsolved murder of Tamara Greene. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. MUSIC: Deformr (deformr.com) INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The Body Snatcher (Michael Mastromarino)
A prominent oral surgeon embarks on a new career path after an addiction to painkillers leads to the loss of his dental license. Prelude: A horrifying discovery is made at the Tri-State Crematory in northwest Georgia. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. MUSIC: Deformr (deformr.com) INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more a...

The Formula (Nestlé Boycott of 1977)
An international boycott ensues after a multinational corporation is accused of contributing to the deaths of millions of infants around the world. Prelude: Baby milk tainted with an industrial chemical leads to over 300,000 illnesses and 6 deaths in China. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks for listening. :-) Le...


The Mogul (Lou Pearlman)
An aviation entrepreneur creates the boyband craze of the nineties and one of the longest running Ponzi schemes in American history. Prelude: In Australia, Alan Bond is remembered as both a national hero and national disgrace. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices....

The Deputy (Frankie Bybee)
A law enforcement officer goes beyond the call of duty in order to steal money from an elderly woman. Prelude: A fallen hero's criminal nature is exposed after he is killed in the line-of-duty. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The Psychic (Sylvia Browne)
A self-proclaimed psychic makes a fortune by using her supernatural powers to help solve missing persons cases. Prelude: The rise-and-fall of Miss Cleo and the Psychic Readers Network telephone hotline. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adch...


The Contestant (Charles Ingram)
A British Army major and his wife devise a plan to cheat the popular television game show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. Prelude: Michael Larson's record-breaking performance on Press Your Luck. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The Hostage (Tony Kiritsis)
The president of a mortgage company is taken hostage by a paranoid loan customer after allegations of mistreatment. Prelude: Clay Allen Duke seeks vengeance on a superintendent of a Florida school district. Special thanks to Alan Berry & Mark Enochs, the directors of Dead Man's Line. Visit DeadMansLine.com for more information. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcas...

The Fyre Festival (Billy McFarland)
A technology entrepreneur defrauds investors in order to build a luxury music festival in the Bahamas. Prelude: The Lapland New Forest Christmas Festival delivers an underwhelming experience. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The Tycoon (Allen Stanford)
The financial empire built by Allen Stanford, a mysterious man from Texas, is revealed to be a massive Ponzi scheme. Prelude: The highs-and-lows of American financier, Michael Marin. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The Lawsuit (McDonald's Hot Coffee)
An elderly woman suffers severe burns after spilling McDonald's coffee into her lap. Prelude: A California janitor's case against the owners of a phone booth is labeled as a "frivolous" lawsuit by President Ronald Reagan. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visi...

The Canoe Man (John Darwin)
An English man is presumed dead after he disappears while canoeing in the North Sea. Prelude: A New Jersey State Senator starts a new life on the Maldives Islands. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled. Or donate directly at SwindledPodcast.com/Support. Buy something at SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The Gigolo (Richard Bailey)
A smooth-talking con man becomes the prime suspect in the disappearance of Helen Brach, a multimillionaire candy heiress. Prelude: Horse owners summon "The Sandman" to assist in recovering a portion of their investments. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

The Association (FIFA)
A culture of corruption at the international governing body of soccer has plagued the world's most popular sport for decades. Prelude: Colin Fowles, a local football star, is remembered by his community. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adc...

The Pharma Bro (Martin Shkreli)
A young pharmaceutical company CEO raises the price of a drug for a rare disease and becomes the "most hated man in America". Prelude: Valeant Pharmaceuticals pioneers a new business model for the pharmaceutical industry. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visi...


The Televangelist (Jim Bakker)
A popular evangelical preacher's financial and sexual scandals topple his Christian entertainment empire. Prelude: The secrets of faith healer Peter Popoff are revealed. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The Hitman (Frank Howard)
A quintessential family man embezzles millions of dollars from his employer to fund a love affair and the attempted murder of his wife. Prelude: A multi-millionaire motivational speaker solicits help from Kenneth Minor, a down-and-out man from Harlem, in a plot to collect insurance proceeds. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPod...

The Judges (Kids for Cash)
Two Luzerne County judges are accused of accepting over $2 million in kickbacks in exchange for imposing harsh sentences on juveniles to increase occupancy at for-profit detention centers. Prelude: Luzerne County Commissioner Greg Skrepenak is involved in a pay-to-play corruption scandal. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcas...


The Leak (Bhopal Gas Disaster)
An American company avoids accountability for its role in an accident at a pesticide plant in Bhopal, India. The effects of the tragedy have lasted decades, accounting for over 20,000 deaths and half a million injured. Prelude: A cloud of gas sweeps over the Chemical Valley region in West Virginia. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/Swin...

The Impostor (Jimmy Sabatino)
A serial con man uses multiple aliases and his gift of gab to bilk victims out of millions of dollars worth of hotel rooms, jewelry, clothes, and electronics. Prelude: William Douglas Street Jr. assumes many different roles and professions in an attempt shortcut his way to the top. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Tha...

The Treasurer (Budd Dwyer)
An honest, hardworking politician reaches his breaking point after becoming entangled in a bribery scandal. Prelude: A shocking discovery is made after the death of Illinois Secretary of State, Paul Powell. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/...


The Contraceptive (Dalkon Shield)
A pharmaceutical company looks the other way as its promising new birth control product, the Dalkon Shield intrauterine device (IUD), endangers the lives of more than 2 million women around the world. Prelude: A pill scare sweeps the nation as a result of the Nelson Pill Hearings. Support the show by becoming a ValuedListener™ at Patreon.com/Swindled. Or donate directly at SwindledPodcast.com/Support. Buy something at SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The Delivery Man (Brian Wells)
A bizarre bank robbery in Erie, Pennsylvania involving a pizza delivery man and an improvised collar bomb leads to a scavenger hunt full of explosions, bodies, and double-crosses. Prelude: The teenage daughter of a wealthy Australian businessman is strapped to a bomb in a brazen extortion attempt. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/Swind...

The Canal (Love Canal)
Once envisioned as a model community, the neighborhood of Love Canal in Niagara Falls, New York, became the victim of a massive, man-made environmental disaster. Prelude: James Denney, a Missouri farmer, makes a deal for a local chemical company to bury its waste on his property. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thank...


The Treasure Hunter (Tommy Thompson)
An incredible discovery of sunken treasure leads to a manhunt for the person who investigators have called "one of the smartest fugitives ever". Prelude: A millionaire art dealer named Forrest Fenn releases clues pertaining to the location of a hidden treasure chest. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks for listeni...

The Horse Queen (Rita Crundwell)
A municipal employee embezzles over $50 million from the city of Dixon, Illinois, to support her extravagant lifestyle and expensive hobby. Prelude: History of Ronald Reagan's oft-repeated maxim, "Trust but verify", and its relevance in modern society. SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks for listening. :-) Learn m...

The Lucky Winner (Eddie Tipton)
An unclaimed, jackpot-winning lottery ticket purchased in Iowa leads to a cross-continent search for the winner. Prelude: Nick Perry, a local TV celebrity in Pittsburgh, rigs the Pennsylvania lottery in a scandal known as the "Triple Six Fix". SUPPORT: Patreon.com/Swindled. DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support. CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop. INSTAGRAM: Instagram.com/SwindledPodcast. TWITTER: Twitter.com/SwindledPodcast. FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SwindledPodcast. Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about...