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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 an original podcast hosted by Hannah Smith.
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Byron Smith was tired of his home being burgled. He said it had been broken into at least a half dozen times. And he was determined not to let it happen again. So, Smith set a trap and laid in wait to protect his “castle.” When two teenage cousins broke into his house on Elm Street, it set off a true-life horror story. Listen to Vigilante: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/vigilante/id1622288667 https://open.spotify.com/show/49wzulSXKQKWYOIWoTVEPT?si=0d4c8835885e4fa1
End of Year Wrap Up 2023

End of Year Wrap Up 2023

2023-11-1401:00:26

In this wrap up episode for 2023, Hannah revisits some of your favorite episodes and seasons and gives updates! She also takes questions and voicemails from listeners, including one listener who writes in with a bizarre mystery that she wants your help to solve.  Hannah checks back in with people she interviewed years ago as well as gives an update on Sherry Shriner's followers and speaks with someone who has a very personal relationship with Orgone. Links from the episode: Check out C.C.’s plant-urns at boycestudio.com   If you want to stay up-to-date with Nora's project on her father, you can find her on Instagram @Noracroftcutsmyhair  Visit the Adrienne Wilson Liver Cancer Association at bluefaery.org  You can reach out to Hannah on Instagram or X @hannahpodcasts 
In early 2021, a new product went viral in health and wellness spaces on Facebook. Black Oxygen Organics (or BOO) was an MLM selling what was touted as the "miracle cure." What was it? It was mud. Actual mud that people were eating, drinking, bathing in and giving to their babies and pets. Many claimed it cured their COVID symptoms. But this product was not what it claimed to be. What was it actually doing to people? The man behind it all was Marc St-Onge and he watched as millions of orders flooded in.
Fred and Stacia anxiously wait for Kimberly Smith to face justice and continue to look for answers as to how Goldie Robinson died. You can purchase Opportunist merchandise here: https://theopportunistpodcast.com/ Thank you to our sponsors: Hello Fresh: Go to Hellofresh.com/50opp and use code 50opp for 50% off plus free shipping!Go to HelloFresh dot com slash 50opp and use code 50opp for 50% off plus free shippingGo to HelloFresh dot com slash 50opp and use code 50opp for 50% off plus free shipping! Shopify: sign up for a $1-per-month trial at shopify.com/opp Dipsea: sign up for a 30-day free trial at DipseaStories.com/opp Sports Explains the World: To hear incredible stories from the wide world of sports, listen to Sports Explains the World on the Wondery App or wherever you get your podcasts. Canva: Get a free 45-day trial when you go to Canva.me/opp Better Help: This show is sponsored by Better Help. Go to Betterhelp.com/opp to get 10% off your first month.
While the fraud case against Kimberly Smith had a robust paper trail, the homicide case did not. Detectives interview Adam Smith and his high school friend about the events surrounding Arthur Sheldon's death and a motel room in Orange City, Florida.  You can purchase Opportunist merchandise here: https://theopportunistpodcast.com/ Thank you to our sponsors: Hello Fresh: Go to Hellofresh.com/50opp and use code 50opp for 50% off plus free shipping!Go to HelloFresh dot com slash 50opp and use code 50opp for 50% off plus free shippingGo to HelloFresh dot com slash 50opp and use code 50opp for 50% off plus free shipping! Shopify: sign up for a $1-per-month trial at shopify.com/opp Dipsea: sign up for a 30-day free trial at DipseaStories.com/opp Sports Explains the World: To hear incredible stories from the wide world of sports, listen to Sports Explains the World on the Wondery App or wherever you get your podcasts. Canva: Get a free 45-day trial when you go to Canva.me/opp Better Help: This show is sponsored by Better Help. Go to Betterhelp.com/opp to get 10% off your first month.
Detectives interview Kim's boyfriend, David Enos, looking for answers on Goldie Robinson's whereabouts. There is another discovery in the case that changes the scope and approach of the investigation.  You can purchase Opportunist merchandise here: https://theopportunistpodcast.com/ Thank you to our sponsors: Hello Fresh: Go to Hellofresh.com/50opp and use code 50opp for 50% off plus free shipping!Go to HelloFresh dot com slash 50opp and use code 50opp for 50% off plus free shippingGo to HelloFresh dot com slash 50opp and use code 50opp for 50% off plus free shipping!” Shopify: sign up for a $1-per-month trial at shopify.com/opp Dipsea: sign up for a 30-day free trial at DipseaStories.com/opp Sports Explains the World: To hear incredible stories from the wide world of sports, listen to Sports Explains the World on the Wondery App or wherever you get your podcasts. Canva: Get a free 45-day trial when you go to Canva.me/opp Better Help: This show is sponsored by Better Help. Go to Betterhelp.com/opp to get 10% off your first month.
A gruesome discovery shocks everyone including the detectives and expands the case far beyond one missing person.  You can purchase Opportunist merchandise here: https://theopportunistpodcast.com/ Thank you to our sponsors: Hello Fresh: Go to Hellofresh.com/50opp and use code 50opp for 50% off plus free shipping!Go to HelloFresh dot com slash 50opp and use code 50opp for 50% off plus free shippingGo to HelloFresh dot com slash 50opp and use code 50opp for 50% off plus free shipping!” Shopify: sign up for a $1-per-month trial at shopify.com/opp Dipsea: sign up for a 30-day free trial at DipseaStories.com/opp Sports Explains the World: To hear incredible stories from the wide world of sports, listen to Sports Explains the World on the Wondery App or wherever you get your podcasts. Canva: Get a free 45-day trial when you go to Canva.me/opp Better Help: This show is sponsored by Better Help. Go to Betterhelp.com/opp to get 10% off your first month.
In August of 2010, 78-yr-old Goldie Mae Robinson disappeared. The police investigation upended the quiet little town of South Daytona, Florida. Goldie was in good health, knew her neighbors and had lived in the same mobile home park for over 30 years. Her son Fred was astounded that she has just vanished. The search for Goldie Robinson revealed that her life was intricately intertwined with her neighbor, friend and caretaker, Kimberly Smith. You can reach out to us at TheOpportunist@kastmedia.com Find the episode transcript here: tinyurl.com/opppodcast You can purchase Opportunist merchandise here: https://theopportunistpodcast.com/ Thank you to our sponsors: Hello Fresh: Go to Hellofresh.com/50opp and use code 50opp for 50% off plus free shipping!Go to HelloFresh dot com slash 50opp and use code 50opp for 50% off plus free shipping. Go to HelloFresh dot com slash 50OPP and use code 50OPP for 50% off plus free shipping! Shopify: sign up for a $1-per-month trial at shopify.com/opp Dipsea: sign up for a 30-day free trial at DipseaStories.com/opp Sports Explains the World: To hear incredible stories from the wide world of sports, listen to Sports Explains the World on the Wondery App or wherever you get your podcasts. Canva: Get a free 45-day trial when you go to Canva.me/opp Better Help: This show is sponsored by Better Help. Go to Betterhelp.com/opp to get 10% off your first month.
Marion Berntsen was in her 70s when she began renting rooms in suburban Illinois, appearing to be a quiet, elderly lady. What her housemates didn't realize is that Marion was actually a domestic terrorist, determined to upend their lives. Listen to The Opportunist ad-free on Amazon Music You can purchase Opportunist merchandise here: https://theopportunistpodcast.com/ Thank you to our sponsors: Babbel: Get up to 55% off and start speaking a new language at babbel.com/OPP Earth Breeze: Subscribe and save 40% by going to earthbreeze.com/OPP to get started with eco-friendly laundry detergent Shopify: Get a $1 per month trial period and start selling on Shopify at shopify.com/OPP Zocdoc: Download the Zocdoc app for FREE and book a top-rated doctor today at zocdoc.com/OPP 
Greg Gumucio was the founder of a yoga empire called Yoga to the People, professing that yoga was for everyone. But behind the loving mantras and thriving studios, was a man obsessed with making money and controlling women. Listen to The Opportunist ad-free on Amazon Music You can purchase Opportunist merchandise here: https://theopportunistpodcast.com/ Thank you to our sponsors: Babbel: Get up to 55% off and start speaking a new language at babbel.com/OPP Earth Breeze: Subscribe and save 40% by going to earthbreeze.com/OPP to get started with eco-friendly laundry detergent Canva: Start creating with a FREE 45-day extended trial at canva.com/OPP Dipsea: Start your 30 day FREE trial and listen to sexy stories at dipsea.com/OPP Shopify: Get a $1 per month trial period and start selling on Shopify at shopify.com/OPP  
Gayle Palmer moves her program into Nevada after being denied a license to operate in Utah. The Suttons seek justice for Michelle by suing Gayle and Summit Quest. Listen to The Opportunist ad-free on Amazon Music You can purchase Opportunist merchandise here: https://theopportunistpodcast.com/ Thank you to our sponsors: Athena Club Razor: Go to athenaclub.com and use code OPP for 25% off your first order. Microdose: To learn more about microdosing THC go to Microdose.com and use code OPP to get free shipping and 30% off your first order Dipsea app: Get an extended 30 day free trial when you go to dipseastories.com/OPP. Earth Breeze: Get 40% off your first order of eco-friendly laundry detergent at earthbreeze.com/OPP  
After discovering the truth about Michelle’s death, Cathy goes on a crusade to shut down Summit Quest. But Gayle is determined to fight. Would she be held responsible for what happened to Michelle? Listen to The Opportunist ad-free on Amazon Music. You can purchase Opportunist merchandise here: https://theopportunistpodcast.com/ Thank you to our sponsors: Athena Club Razor: Go to athenaclub.com and use code OPP for 25% off your first order. Canva: get a FREE 45-day extended trial when you go to Canva.me/OPP ZocDoc: Find a top rated doctor within 24 hours by going to zocdoc.com/OPP and download the app for FREE  
Amanda and the other survivors are uncertain of their fate. Gayle Palmer continues to operate Summit Quest even as she’s being investigated for Michelle’s death. Meanwhile, Cathy Sutton begins to piece together the truth of what happened. Listen to The Opportunist ad-free on Amazon Music You can purchase Opportunist merchandise here: https://theopportunistpodcast.com/ Thank you to our sponsors: Dipsea app: Get an extended 30 day free trial when you go to dipseastories.com/OPP. Canva: get a FREE 45-day extended trial when you go to Canva.me/OPP Microdose: To learn more about microdosing THC go to Microdose.com and use code OPP to get free shipping and 30% off your first order  
Amanda DeRose attended Summit Quest with Michelle in May of 1990. She shares her experience of the program, including what happened to Michelle on the last day of her life. Listen to The Opportunist ad-free on Amazon Music You can purchase Opportunist merchandise here: https://theopportunistpodcast.com/ Thank you to our sponsors: Athena Club Razor: Go to athenaclub.com and use code OPP for 25% off your first order. Earth Breeze: Get 40% off your first order of eco-friendly laundry detergent at earthbreeze.com/opp.  
The Sutton family continues to search for answers as an investigation is opened into Michelle’s death. Gayle Palmer tries to convince the Suttons, the police, and the media that Summit Quest is not at fault, even as evidence to the contrary begins to emerge. Listen to The Opportunist ad-free on Amazon Music You can purchase Opportunist merchandise here: https://theopportunistpodcast.com/ Thank you to our sponsors: Microdose: To learn more about microdosing THC go to Microdose.com and use code OPP to get free shipping and 30% off your first order Babbel: Get up to 55% off and start speaking a new language at babbel.com/OPP  
Before Summit Quest, Gayle Palmer worked at another wilderness therapy program called Challenger. Challenger was founded by Steve Cartisano, who is generally viewed now as a con artist. Listen to The Opportunist ad-free on Amazon Music You can purchase Opportunist merchandise here: https://theopportunistpodcast.com/  
In May of 1990, 15-year-old Michelle Sutton attended a wilderness therapy program called Summit Quest. It was a 63-day program promoted as a way to help stuggling teens, founded by Gayle Palmer. But after only nine days, Michelle Sutton was dead. Was this a tragic accident, or the result of a more calcuated pattern of abuse in a burgeoning industry? Listen to The Opportunist ad-free on Amazon Music You can purchase Opportunist merchandise here: https://theopportunistpodcast.com/ Thank you to our sponsors: Athena Club Razor: Go to athenaclub.com and use code OPP for 25% off your first order Babbel: Start speaking a new language for up to 55% off at babbel.com/OPP Earth Breeze:Get 40% off your first order of eco-friendly laundry detergent at earthbreeze.com/OPP Dipsea App: Get a 30 free trial and explore hundreds of sexy audio stories at dipseastories.com/OPP  
In 2018, Katrina Gay turned to National Autopsy Services to get answers about her mother's death. The man performing the autopsy, Shawn Parcells, claimed to be a forensic expert. But an investigation into his past would call into question Shawn Parcells' credentials. Was he really qualified to be performing autopsies? And what would that mean for the hundreds of grieving families who had used his services?  Listen to The Opportunist ad-free on Amazon Music You can purchase Opportunist merchandise here: https://theopportunistpodcast.com/  Thank you to our sponsors: Brooklinen: Presidents Day Sale - get the deals of your dreams at Brooklinen.com with promo code OPP. Dipsea app: Get an extended 30 day free trial when you go to dipseastories.com/opp. Canva: get a FREE 45-day extended trial when you go to Canva.me/OPP                 
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.  Listen to The Opportunist ad-free on Amazon Music You can purchase Opportunist merchandise here: https://theopportunistpodcast.com/  
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. Listen to The Opportunist ad-free on Amazon Music You can purchase Opportunist merchandise here: https://theopportunistpodcast.com/  
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Apr 19th
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Suey

oh, how convenient. Sovereign citizens don't adhere to US law but they can use it at will--call the cops and bring cases against innocent people willy billy and will call 911 and allow municipal police to show up on her behalf. What a manipulative sick asshole. Reaping all the good benefits of being a citizen when it suits her and not having the consequences effect her. I don't particularly like the government, either, but I'm not stupid enough to be a hypocrite. Dont like it? Easy, leave!

Feb 17th
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Suey

oh, how convenient. Sovereign citizens don't adhere to US law but they can use it at will--call the cops and bring cases against innocent people willy billy and will call 911 and allow municipal police to show up on her behalf. What a manipulative sick asshole. Reaping all the good benefits of being a citizen when it suits her and not having the consequences effect her. I don't particularly like the government, either, but I'm not stupid enough to be a hypocrite. Dont like it? Easy, leave!

Feb 17th
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Suey

Ugh! Naturally those guys never considered the moral or ethical implications of what it meant to scrounge through a plane wreckage for weed, AND think that this highly illegal thing was "fun" because they were white crunchy guys in the 70's. They consider themselves untouchable. These guys are the same climbers who still continue to gatekeep the climbing community because they miss the "good old days" when they didn't have to share the sport with anyone else and want to keep it that way.

Jan 31st
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Rebecca Butcher

Wow, heartbreaking series. I hope social media puts this industry out of business.

Dec 18th
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Mantik K

Great show in many levels! I’m listening all shocked and amazed!

Dec 17th
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Aakash Amanat

I thoroughly enjoyed this episode of "The Opportunist." The host's storytelling skills are truly remarkable, and the way they delved into the life of the opportunist in question was both captivating and insightful. The narrative painted a vivid picture of how opportunism can lead individuals down a complex and often morally ambiguous path. https://www.fixerhub.com/england/london/professional-service/kraft-paper-printer The interview with the subject's close friend added a personal touch that made the story even more engaging. The exploration of the psychological aspects of opportunism was particularly intriguing, shedding light on the motives and justifications behind the opportunistic behavior. I appreciate how the podcast not only sheds light on the dark side of opportunism but also encourages listeners to reflect on their own actions and choices. Overall, a thought-provoking and well-executed episode. https://www.biztobiz.org/london-uk/business-services/kraft-paper-printer

Nov 2nd
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Erik Moses

Superbly done podcast - great voice and delivery of the content, not to mention very interesting.

Sep 12th
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Melissa

What. A. Bitch.

Aug 2nd
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Paul

What a sap! How appropriate, a tree farmer too! You can't fix dumb.

Jul 28th
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Simo plops

Excellent and amazing as always. thankyou

Jul 26th
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What an incredible show. It’s so well done and fascinating!

May 18th
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Kam Johnson

How horrible for those kids!!!

May 10th
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Luke Ellis

man, that was rough...

May 9th
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Melissa

yay! can't wait. great Pod!

Apr 20th
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Becky Green

Was enjoying this Podcast until you made it about race when it had nothing to do with race. Rubbish!

Apr 5th
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Melissa

I love this podcast.

Mar 5th
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Melissa

Are you kidding?? 😂 😂

Mar 2nd
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Nick Quick

I absolutely love this true crime podcast on borderline con artists! The host provides in-depth research and interviews that leave me constantly on the edge of my seat. I highly recommend this podcast for anyone interested in learning about the opportunists and the people behind them. Keep up the great work!

Feb 22nd
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Fleetwood McDuecen25

Willed $10million in 1980 and "she struggled financially "? Boo Hoo. Get real.

Feb 18th
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