The Opportunist

The Opportunist

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 most normal. Perhaps there is a dark potential lurking inside all of us that is just waiting for the right opportunity to emerge. The Opportunist is a Kast Original podcast hosted by Hannah Smith.

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December 20, 2022 50 min

Trusted Wisconsin dentist Dr. Scott Charmoli had a thriving practice. But his new patient, Jackie, began to suspect there was a dark side to his work. 

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In 1940, the comic book All-Star #3 introduced the world to the Justice Society for the very first time. 70 years later, All-Star #3 made headlines again—this time for being at the center of not one, but two crimes.

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November 15, 2022 53 min

Hannah Smith speaks with Lee Price to hear his side of the story, and also shares a conversation with another Opportunist producer about the many discrepancies between Lee's version of the events and other interviews.

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Lee's time on the run comes to an unexpected end. And those who mourned his death are stunned to learn he is alive.

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November 1, 2022 56 min

After faking his own death, Lee starts a new life as "Jason" in Florida. Meanwhile, Lee's family and friends react to the shocking news of his disappearance. 

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October 31, 2022 7 min

In 2014, Dutch friends Lisanne Froon and Kris Kremers disappeared while hiking a jungle trail in Panama. Two months later, investigators found their remains, as well as a backpack with a digital camera filled with photos that hinted at a darker story. What happened to Kris and Lisanne? In this investigative series, journalists Mariana Atencio and Jeremy Kryt retrace the last steps of the doomed women. Their search for the truth imm...

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In a last ditch effort to recoup the losses at his hedge fund, Lee buys a failing bank. And while Lee is praised for the acquisition, behind closed doors, things aren't what they seem. And then, in June of 2012, Lee makes a decision that will land him in the headlines and leave his community shocked and devastated. 

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Beloved pastor and family man Aubrey Lee Price ("Lee") shocks his community by leaving his position at his church to start a hedge fund. After collecting millions of dollars in investors’ money, Lee realizes he’s in over his head.

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How does a southern, small town pastor end up on the FBI’s most wanted list? And why did the people closest to him believe he was dead? In season six of The Opportunist, we follow Aubrey Lee Price – a once beloved community member and family man. He parlayed the trust of his friends and congregants into a scheme that would implode under the weight of an unthinkable betrayal. The first two episodes drop on October 25, 2022. 

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When Ralph Raines Junior stepped into Rachel Lee’s psychic shop in 2004, he was a lonely tree farmer in his 50s looking for love advice. Rachel became his friend and confidant, but over the next decade, what began as a $10 psychic reading would end up costing him more than he could ever have known.

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September 13, 2022 52 min

Greg Brooks is a veteran deep sea salvager who claimed to discover a shipwreck off of Cape Cod carrying a billion-dollar treasure. He promised to share that treasure with friends and neighbors if they funded his mission to retrieve it. What started as a simple expedition led to an FBI investigation and a looming question: was there really treasure on that ship?

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Melissa met Jeffrey through an online dating site. At first they seemed like the perfect match-- they wanted all the same things in life. But Jeffrey wasn't who he said he was. He had a long, storied past as a con man, including once at an annual event for long distance hikers.  

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Financial manager Liz Campos explains what an ethical business management practice looks like, highlighting where Peggy got it wrong. Hannah then interviews the opportunist herself and Peggy offers her side of the story, touching on her mental health struggles, Rodman's relationship issues, and her plans to pay people back. 

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Ricky Williams and his wife Kristin receive a notice from the IRS after their car is repossessed, leading to serious questions about Peggy. After the fallout from his trip to North Korea, Dennis Rodman finally calls it quits with King Management. Meanwhile, an FBI investigation is under way, showing a system of bank accounts that illustrates the depths of Peggy's deceit. 

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July 12, 2022 52 min

Rodman honors Peggy in his Basketball Hall of Fame speech, while AJ keeps getting calls about unpaid bills. Vanessa Prieto, Rodman's family lawyer, faces continual problems with Peggy and begins to suspect criminal activity. Then, it is revealed that Peggy has been keeping a family secret from all her clients. 

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Family friend Pamela Carrie recalls growing up with Peggy Barard in New Orleans and introduces her to future client Ricky Williams, a star running back for the Saints. After divorcing her third husband, Peggy enlists the help of a new business partner, a man she introduces as her brother Elkin. Both become enmeshed with Dennis Rodman, blurring the lines between business and family. 

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In the mid-2000s, Dennis Rodman hired a new financial manager named Peggy, the CEO of King Management Group. Peggy looks like the picture of success and promises to help her clients achieve generational wealth. But as time goes on, Rodman's team begins to  question her credibility.

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Allie Conti gives Hannah Smith a behind-the-scenes look at the making of season one of Vigilante. She talks about the unsolved Texas Killing Fields murders, her reporting trips to Texas, and what it's like to report on someone's real life tragedy. This conversation is edited down but you can listen to the entire conversation on the Vigilante podcast feed. But first, go listen to season one of Vigilante, available now wherev...

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When Lindsay Reichard set out to find a new home for her horse, Willie, she stumbled upon Fallon Blackwood's cruel scheme that spanned state lines and victims by the dozen.

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The quaint community of Naples, Florida is rocked by a deadly explosion that reveals the dark side of a picture perfect family.

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