Who the Hell is Hamish? Fraud & Scams, Investigative

Hosted By: Greg Bearup
Produced By: The Australian

Who the Hell is Hamish? tells the story of Hamish McLaren, a serial conman who defrauded millions of dollars from his victims over the course of decades. The podcast explores McLaren’s life and crimes, from his early days as a ski instructor in Canada to his eventual downfall in Australia.

Who the Hell is Hamish? Podcast Host:

Greg Bearup is an award-winning journalist who has worked for The Australian newspaper for over 20 years. He is also the host of the podcast “Teachers Pet,” which was nominated for a Peabody Award in 2019.

Praise from Listeners*:

  • Emotional Depth: Through Greg Bearup’s empathetic narration, the podcast delves into the emotional impact on the victims, making it a poignant exploration of human vulnerability and resilience.
  • Addictive Storyline: Many listeners admit to binge-listening the entire series in one sitting due to the addictive and compelling storyline presented by Greg Bearup.
  • In-Depth Research: Listeners appreciate the extensive research undertaken by the host, providing a comprehensive and factual account of Hamish’s criminal activities.

Criticisms from Listeners*:

  • Limited Variety of Perspectives: While the podcast includes interviews and testimonies from various sources, some listeners have wished for a more diverse range of perspectives to gain a better understanding of the case.
  • Interviewing Ethics: Quite a few listeners felt the bonus episode with Jane, discussing her experience, was inappropriately handled.
  • Audio Quality: Some listeners issues with the audio, including clicking sounds and background noises that distracted them from the content.

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