Who The Hell Is Hamish? – Podcast Review

-Trying to work on my sound, this one is not the best, please be patient with me- 

In this Episode I talked about my experience with Who The Hell Is Hamish by the Australian. The show wrapped up about one episode after the time of this recording.

PodApplaud-Who The Hell Is Hamish?

Welcome to PodApplaud, the Monday through Friday podcast that aims to enable your Podcast habit. I’m your host Seb, and today we are going to talk about The Podcast: Who The Hell Is Hamish?

Who The Hell Is Hamish is a true crime podcast put out by The Australian, that serves as an expose of a life long con-man. The show is currently ongoing with 5 episodes released. These episodes are between a half hour and 45 minutes so far, but seem to be trending towards the longer side.

The intro for the show talks about devilsh con-man as follows “He was born Hamish Watson, a surfie dude from Sydney – but he could morph into whatever you needed him to be. Hamish is due to be sentenced to jail in early 2019 for swindling a handful of victims out of more than $7m. But these crimes are just the final pages in a resume too thick to staple; for decades he’s duped victims in the US, Canada, Britain, Hong Kong and Australia. How did he do it? How did he evade authorities around the world for so long and what’s he done with all those tens of millions of dollars he stole?”

So far I’m quite enjoying the podcast. I have enjoyed quite a few Australian podcasts, but this one in particular is very well done so far. If I am to compare it to anything it feels like Australian NPR mixed with a dash of Wondry. It feels especially similar to Dirty John if you’ve heard that particular cast. There are interviews with key players in the story, even people who would rather not be disclosed have written letters and allowed them to be narrated, despite the embarrassment or distrust Hamish’s wake has left them in. Our main host, Greg Bearup is a soft spoken yet gravelly voiced speculator who lays down the story in a very straightforward easy to follow way. The case doesn’t feel over blown or that it is being puffed up, even though the show could easily skew that way considering the scope of Hamish’s deception. The cuts between phone interviews, Greg’s voice over, and bits of musical interlude keep the podcast flowing and alive, it never starts to lose my interest. So far the tale has been fascinating. I think us normal people are always fascinated when these ultra narcissistic manipulators start weaving their webs. These tales make us think wow I would never fall for this, but as you hear  more of just how sly these slimy suckers are, maybe just maybe you get a little less confident in that assumption. Either way the show continues to gather more information as victims, and others involved in the tale spurred on by the show’s existence share their experiences. My fingers are crossed that the eventual end has a good pay-off. This has been one of the podcasts I tend to listen to right away when I see a new episode is available. I don’t really have any negative things to say about the show, as a Canadian, I hope the show covers Hamish’s activities in the other countries he affected in upcoming episodes, but I’ll understand if the Australian podcast, keeps it more Australian.

Ok so here on PodApplaud I rate shows on a 1-5 scale, 1 is silence, 2 is a slow clap, 3 is applause, 4 is a round of applause, and 5 of course is a standing ovation! I’m going to give Who The Hell Is Hamish a tentative 5/5, reviewing a show before it concludes always troubles me, so don’t fumble this one. Stick the landing and make me a proud podcast reviewer alright? I’d recommend this show to anyone who likes an in depth true crime story that doesn’t get physical or deadly, and likes to see pathological liars see their comeuppance.  

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