Swindled

By A Concerned Citizen

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Former Fan
 Jun 12, 2020
Used to really love this podcast. I think the subjects are interesting, the research thorough and it's well produced. But the virtue signaling and social justice garbage has spoiled it for me. He's just another angry Liberal, now. Too bad.


 May 27, 2020

Description

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.

Episode Date
The Pitchman (Don Lapre)
3154
A multi-level marketing salesman advertises his get-rich-quick schemes on television and becomes the "King of Infomercials." Prelude: The founder of a nutrition company is suspected in the mysterious death of his wife. PATREON: Patreon.com/Swindled DONATE: SwindledPodcast.com/Support CONSUME: SwindledPodcast.com/Shop MUSIC: Deformr INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | FACEBOOK Buy/Listen to The Lungs - Psychic Tombs Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 25, 2020
The Saint (Mother Teresa)
3351
Critics and former volunteers reveal the disturbing details of a Catholic nun's international mission to help the "poorest of the poor." Prelude: A six-year-old boy's journey to Heaven becomes a best-selling book. 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
Oct 11, 2020
The Space Program (Challenger Disaster)
3341
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
Sep 27, 2020
The I.M.O.M. (Peter Foster)
2910
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 megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 12, 2020
The Barefoot Bandit (Colton Harris Moore)
3330
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
Aug 30, 2020
The Treatment (Bayer AG)
3212
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 megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 16, 2020
The Referee (Tim Donaghy)
3405
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 listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 03, 2020
The Vigilante (Pat Johnson)
3275
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/adchoices
Jul 19, 2020
The Octopus (United Fruit Company)
3785
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. Thanks for listening. :-) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 06, 2020
The Genius (Martin Frankel)
3779
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
Jun 21, 2020
The Grant (Scott Westerhuis)
3974
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/article/where-to-donate-for-black-lives-matter.html Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 07, 2020
The Pope (Dan Johnson)
4831
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 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 (Deformr / The Lungs). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 24, 2020
The Gamechanger (Belle Gibson)
4708
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 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 (Deformr / The Lungs).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 10, 2020
Season 4 Teaser
256
Watch the Season 4 teaser video: https://youtu.be/3uD6FAMjCaA 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
Apr 27, 2020
Bonus: The Boner King (Enzyte)
1224
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
Apr 01, 2020
The Switch (Flint Water Crisis)
4467
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.fm/adchoices
Jan 26, 2020
The Raid (Agriprocessors)
3460
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 (The Lungs).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 12, 2020
Bonus: The Promotion (McDonald's Monopoly)
1453
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
Jan 05, 2020
The Sultan (Anthony Gignac)
3230
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
Dec 22, 2019
The Revenger (Hunter Moore)
3634
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 more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 08, 2019
The GPO Girl (Samantha Azzopardi)
3450
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/adchoices
Nov 24, 2019
The Mine (Crandall Canyon Mine)
3793
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.fm/adchoices
Nov 10, 2019
The Madam (Deborah Jeane Palfrey)
3455
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. 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).  Listen to Susie Bright's full interview with Deborah Jeane Palfrey on In Bed with Susie Bright exclusively on Audible. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 27, 2019
The Family Business (Doug Pielsticker)
3181
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.

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Original music by Trevor Howard (The Lungs). 







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Oct 13, 2019
The Survivor (Tania Head)
3373
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. 

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Original music by Trevor Howard (The Lungs). 




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Sep 29, 2019
The Fundraiser (Johnny Bobbitt Jr.)
2593
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.

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Original music by Trevor Howard (The Lungs). 






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Sep 15, 2019
The Whistleblower (Karen Silkwood)
3058
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".

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Original music by Trevor Howard (The Lungs).

'Snake Song' written and performed by Jess Williamson. Follow Jess on Spotify






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Sep 01, 2019
The Tour (Jered Threatin)
3488
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.

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Original music by Trevor Howard (The Lungs). 

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Aug 18, 2019
The Implants (Poly Implant Prothèse)
3215
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.

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Original music by Trevor Howard (The Lungs).

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Aug 04, 2019
The Match (Simon Leviev)
2979
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.

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Jul 21, 2019
The Socialite (Anna Delvey)
3811
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".

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Jul 07, 2019
Bonus: The Refugee (Wyclef Jean)
1123
A between-season bonus episode in which a hip-hop superstar establishes a charitable foundation to benefit his homeland, the Republic of Haiti. Support the show and receive more bonus episodes at Patreon.com/Swindled

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May 15, 2019
The Producer (Joe Francis)
4123
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. 

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Apr 01, 2019
The Downline (Herbalife)
3245

A multi-level marketing company becomes a global success despite accusations of dangerous products and exploitation. Prelude: The peaks and valleys of Glenn W. Turner’s pyramid schemes.




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Mar 17, 2019
The Sting (Abscam)
2775

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.



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Mar 03, 2019
The Mayor (Kwame Kilpatrick)
3312
A young politician ruins a promising career with numerous financial and sexual scandals. Prelude: The unsolved murder of Tamara Greene.

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Feb 17, 2019
The Body Snatcher (Michael Mastromarino)
2652
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. 

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Feb 03, 2019
The Formula (Nestlé Boycott of 1977)
2844
An international boycott ensues after a multinational corporation is accused of contributing to the deaths of millions of infants around the world.





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Jan 20, 2019
The Mogul (Lou Pearlman)
3447
An aviation entrepreneur creates the boyband craze of the nineties and one of the longest running Ponzi schemes in American history.

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Jan 06, 2019
The Deputy (Frankie Bybee)
2800
A law enforcement officer goes beyond the call of duty in order to steal money from an elderly woman.

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Dec 16, 2018
The Psychic (Sylvia Browne)
3204
A self-proclaimed psychic makes a fortune by using her supernatural powers to help solve missing persons cases.

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Dec 02, 2018
The Contestant (Charles Ingram)
3235
A British Army major and his wife devise a plan to cheat the popular television game show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.





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Nov 18, 2018
The Hostage (Tony Kiritsis)
3692
The president of a mortgage company is taken hostage by a paranoid loan customer after allegations of mistreatment. Special thanks to Alan Berry & Mark Enochs, the directors of Dead Man's Line. Visit DeadMansLine.com for more information.

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Nov 04, 2018
The Fyre Festival (Billy McFarland)
3036
A technology entrepreneur defrauds investors in order to build a luxury music festival in the Bahamas.

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Oct 21, 2018
The Tycoon (Allen Stanford)
3699
The financial empire built by Allen Stanford, a mysterious man from Texas, is revealed to be a massive Ponzi scheme.

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Oct 07, 2018
The Lawsuit (McDonald's Hot Coffee)
2492
An elderly woman suffers severe burns after spilling McDonald's coffee into her lap.

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Sep 23, 2018
The Canoe Man (John Darwin)
2913
An English man is presumed dead after he disappears while canoeing in the North Sea.

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Sep 09, 2018
The Gigolo (Richard Bailey)
3413
A smooth-talking con man becomes the prime suspect in the disappearance of Helen Brach, a multimillionaire candy heiress.

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Jul 01, 2018
The Association (FIFA)
3475
A culture of corruption at the international governing body of soccer has plagued the world's most popular sport for decades.

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Jun 14, 2018
The Pharma Bro (Martin Shkreli)
3597
A young pharmaceutical company CEO raises the price of a drug for a rare disease and becomes the "most hated man in America".

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May 28, 2018
The Televangelist (Jim Bakker)
3657
A popular evangelical preacher's financial and sexual scandals topple his Christian entertainment empire.

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May 13, 2018
The Hitman (Frank Howard)
2733
A quintessential family man embezzles millions of dollars from his employer to fund a love affair and the attempted murder of his wife.

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Apr 29, 2018
The Judges (Kids for Cash)
3039
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.

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Apr 15, 2018
The Leak (Bhopal Gas Disaster)
2693
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.

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Apr 01, 2018
The Impostor (Jimmy Sabatino)
2440
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.

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Mar 18, 2018
The Treasurer (Budd Dwyer)
2430
An honest, hardworking politician reaches his breaking point after becoming entangled in a bribery scandal.

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Mar 04, 2018
The Contraceptive (Dalkon Shield)
2685
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.

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Feb 18, 2018
The Delivery Man (Brian Wells)
2560
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.

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Feb 04, 2018
The Canal (Love Canal)
2590
Once envisioned as a model community, the neighborhood of Love Canal in Niagra Falls, New York, became the victim of a massive, man-made environmental disaster.

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Jan 21, 2018
The Treasure Hunter (Tommy Thompson)
1986
An incredible discovery of sunken treasure leads to a manhunt for the person who investigators have called "one of the smartest fugitives ever".

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Jan 07, 2018
The Horse Queen (Rita Crundwell)
2009
A municipal employee embezzles over $50 million from the city of Dixon, Illinois, to support her extravagant lifestyle and expensive hobby.

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Jan 07, 2018
The Lucky Winner (Eddie Tipton)
2023
An unclaimed, jackpot-winning lottery ticket purchased in Iowa leads to a cross-continent search for the winner.

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Jan 07, 2018