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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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SHERYL RUTHVEN Part 4 of 4: The Exodus

When her ministry and cat rescue gain unwanted notoriety in Whatcom County, Sheryl Ruthven plans a mass exodus, shrouded in secrecy. Thank you to our sponsors:  Philo: For 25% off your first 2 months, go to Philo.tv/opp Firstleaf: To get 6 bottles of wine for $29.5 + free shipping, go to TryFirstLeaf.com/opp Mejuri: Go to Mejuri.com/opp for 10% off your first order. BetterHelp: Get 10% off your first month at BetterHelp.com/opp   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-10-12
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SHERYL RUTHVEN Part 3 of 4: Creating Eden

When Sheryl Ruthven?s cat passes away, she calls on her followers to build ?Eva?s Eden,? a cat rescue, unlike any other, with a mission that extends far beyond rescuing cats. She also plots to get rid of her ex-husband.   Thank you to our sponsors:  Apostrophe: Go to Apostrophe.com/opp and use code OPP to get your dermatologist-crafted treatment plan for $5. Olive & June: For 20% off your first Mani System, go to Oliveandjune.com/opp and use code OPP Raycon: For 15% off your Raycon order, go to BuyRaycon.com/opp Everlywell: Go to Everlywell.com/opp to get 20% off your at-home lab test. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-10-05
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SHERYL RUTHVEN Part 2 of 4: You've Been Conned

When one of Sheryl Ruthven's followers dares to question her need for a $170,000 trip to Scotland, he is excommunicated. We begin to see a pattern, a wake of destruction that follows anyone who dares to question Sheryl's authority.   Thank you to our sponsors: Mejuri: For 10% off your first order go to mejuri.com/opp Philo: Get 25% off your first two months by going to Philo.tv/opp See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-09-28
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SHERYL RUTHVEN Part 1 of 4: A New Mary Magdalene

In 2001, Sheryl Ruthven started her own church: Freedom Fire Ministries. But gradually, her uplifting sermons gave way to unorthodox teachings and doomsday prophecies. Over the last fifteen years those who believed her have seen families destroyed, their bank accounts drained and their homes filled? with cats. Thank you to our sponsors:  BetterHelp: Visit BetterHelp.com/opp to get 10% off your first month.  Dipsea: For an extended 30 day trial, visit DipseaStories.com/opp.  Obé Fitness: Get one month free by going to obefitness.com and using code OPP. June's Journey: Download June?s Journey free today on the Apple App Store or Google Play! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-09-28
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The Opportunist: Season 3 Coming September 28, 2021

Sheryl Ruthven is a self-proclaimed prophet and the founder of Eva?s Eden cat rescue. She has convinced her followers that the apocalypse is imminent and that when it comes, only the cats will save them. But this isn?t really about the cats. Sheryl Ruthven?s followers believe she is Mary Magdalene reincarnated, a literal god on earth. What happens when a group of people are willing to give up everything (their time, money and family members) for the promise of eternal salvation?  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-09-22
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NIGHTY NIGHT WITH RABIA CHAUDRY IS AVAILABLE NOW!

Nighty Night is a horror anthology series where famed attorney, author and podcaster Rabia Chaudry delivers bone-chilling bedtime stories that will be sure to keep you wide awake all night long. These creepy tales will be a mix of both original content and lesser known classics delivered with a modern spin. Listen on all audio platforms now!  Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/nighty-night-with-rabia-chaudry/id1581854514 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6c003br3coRNMn6RXYyecr?si=fkAUvqdCTNiJ4Q7B8t6c4g&dl_branch=1 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-09-07
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TARA LEE Part 2 of 2: The Perfect Scam

After discovering Tara?s scam, her lawyers, adoptive parents and the FBI all work to build a case against her. Thank you to our sponsors:  Feals: Become a member today by going to Feals.com/opp and you'll get 50% off your first order with free shipping. Obé Fitness: visit obefitness.com and get one month free with the promo code OPP. June?s Journey: Download June?s Journey free today on the Apple App Store or Google Play.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-08-31
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TARA LEE Part 1 of 2: Tara Trance

Tara Lee was an adoption facilitator in Detroit, loved by many. In the Fall of 2018 a group of adoptive parents and attorneys discovered she wasn?t who she said she was.    Thank you to our sponsors:  Better Help - Our listeners get 10% off their first month at betterhelp.com/opp. Feels - Become a member today at Feals.com/OPP and get 50% off your first order with free shipping. Mejuri - Go to Mejuri.com/opp for 10% off your first order. Dispsea - For a 30 day free trial, go to dipseastories.com/opp.    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-08-24
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DIRTBAGS AT DOPE LAKE Part 1 of 1

In 1976, a plane carrying around 5000 pounds of weed crashed in Yosemite National Park. For a group of rock climbers living off the grid, this was the opportunity of a lifetime. Thank you to our sponsors:  Mejuri - Go to Mejuri.com/opp for 10% off your first order Upstart - Go to Upstart.com/opp to get started Better Help - Our listeners get 10% off their first month at betterhelp.com/opp Feals - Go to Feals.com/opp to become a member and get 50% automatically taken off your first order with free shipping.  Obé Fitness - To give it a test ride, Opportunist listeners can visit obefitness.com and get one month free with the promo code OPP. Email us with your Opportunist suggestions at [email protected] See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-08-10
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BONUS: And That?s Why We Drink! in conversation with The Opportunist

In this bonus mini crossover episode, we're joined by Em Schulz and Christine Schiefer of And That's Why We Drink, a podcast where murder and the paranormal finally meet! Grab your wine and milkshakes and listen in as Em and Christine share their own take on stories of opportunists with Hannah.  Check out And That's Why We Drink for more chilling ghost stories and downright terrifying true crime stories. And be sure to check out the second part of this crossover HERE on the And That's Why We Drink feed, where Hannah shares the story of disgraced pharmacist Robert Courtney from season two with Em and Christine.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-07-13
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ROBERT COURTNEY Epilogue: Could It Happen Again?

In the season epilogue, we talk about Kansas City (some more), discuss Robert Courtney's family, and answer the question, "Could it happen again?"  Thank you to Jason Dearen for speaking with us about his book, Kill Shot.  Thank you to our sponsors:  Better Help - Get 10% off your first month by going to betterhelp.com/opp Athena Club- Go to Athenaclub.com and use promo code opportunist to get 20% Mejuri - Head to mejuri.com/opp for 10% off your first order Dipsea - For Opportunist listeners, Dipsea is offering an extended 30 day free trial when you go to DipseaStories.com/opp See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-07-06
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ROBERT COURTNEY Part 1 of 4: A Deadly Prescription

In August 2001, Robert Courtney, a respected church deacon and family man, would find himself at the center of a massive FBI investigation. Thank you to our sponsors:  Athena Club: Go to athenaclub.com and use code opportunist for 20% off your first order Upstart: Learn more at upstart.com/OPP BetterHelp: Get 10% your first month by going to betterhelp.com/OPP Dipsea: Go to dipseastories.com/OPP for an extended 30 day free trial See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-06-15
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ROBERT COURTNEY Part 2 of 4: Caught in the Act

The allegations against Robert Courtney are so heinous, the FBI initially assumes there has been a mistake. They move quickly, setting up a sting operation to catch him in the act. Thank you to our sponsors:  Daily Harvest: Go to dailyharvest.com and use code opp for $25 off your fist box Wondery- This is Actually Happening: Listen to the latest episode of This is Actually Happening on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, or you can listen ad-free by joining Wondery Plus in the Wonder app.  Canva: Go to canva.me/opportunist for a free 45-day extended free trial of Canva Pro Aura Frames: Go to auraframes.com and use code OPPORTUNIST to get $30 off your Carver WiFi frame See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-06-15
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ROBERT COURTNEY Part 3 of 4: The Path to Hell

While awaiting sentencing, Robert Courtney agrees to debrief investigators on the extent of his unthinkable crimes.  Thank you to our sponsors: Dipsea: Go to dipseastories.com/OPP for an extended 30 day free trial Wondery- This is Actually Happening: Listen to the latest episode of This is Actually Happening on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, or you can listen ad-free by joining Wondery Plus in the Wonder app.    Mejuri: Head to mejuri.com/OPP for 10% off your first order  Aura Frames: Go to auraframes.com and use code OPPORTUNIST to get $30 off your Carver WiFi frame See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-06-22
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ROBERT COURTNEY PART 4 of 4: Diluted Trust

Robert Courtney?s impending release spurs a public uproar and brings up questions about how the disgraced pharmacist has been perceived and treated as an upper class white criminal. Thank you to our sponsors: The Jordan Harbinger Show: You can?t go wrong with adding The Jordan Harbinger Show to your rotation. It?s incredibly interesting, there?s never a dull show. Search for The Jordan Harbinger Show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Upstart: Find out how Upstart can lower your monthly payments today when you go to UPSTART.com/OPP. Nuts.com: New Nuts.com customers get free shipping on your first order when you text OPP to 64-000. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-06-29
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The Opportunist: Season 2 Coming June 15th, 2021

How does a family man, pharmacist, and well-respected member of his community become a cold, calculating criminal? Sometimes the most dangerous person is the one who appears the most normal. Season 2 of The Opportunist follows a pharmacist who carried out a decades-long fraud that became the FBI's top priority in 2001 prior to 9/11. One man's actions left an entire city betrayed and changed the industry of pharmacy forever. How did this happen and could it happen again? Season 2 launches June 15th. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-06-02
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SHERRY SHRINER Part 1 of 8: Internet Prophet

When Barbara Rogers murdered her boyfriend Stephen Mineo, it looked like a domestic dispute gone wrong, until investigators learned they were both involved in an internet doomsday cult led by Sherry Shriner. Subscribe to The Opportunist wherever you listen to podcasts, and look for new episodes every Tuesday. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-02-16
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SHERRY SHRINER Part 2 of 8: The Elect

After a member of Sherry Shriner?s cult dies, her friends and family recount how she went from a well-rounded young woman to a dedicated follower obsessed with the end of the world. Subscribe to The Opportunist wherever you listen to podcasts, and look for new episodes every Tuesday. Thank you to our sponsors: Betterhelp: BetterHelp.com/OPP for 10% off your first month See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-02-16
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SHERRY SHRINER Part 3 of 8: Decoding the End of the World

In the aftermath of Kelly?s death, Sherry sees an opportunity to promote her ministry and she predicts the end of the world by decoding messages in the bible. Thank you to our sponsor: Care/of: For 50% off, go to takecareof.com - and enter code "opp50" See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-02-23
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SHERRY SHRINER Part 4 of 8: Building an Army

Sherry, after being rejected from several ministry groups, realizes she can gain more followers through the internet. She also becomes friends with Stephen Mineo. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-03-02
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SHERRY SHRINER Part 5 of 8: A Warrior Betrayed

Sherry, increasingly paranoid and power hungry, turns on her inner circle.   Thank you to our sponsors: Audible -  Audible.com/opp or text OPP to 500-500 to start your free 30 day trial  BetterHelp - Betterhelp.com/opp for 10% off your first month See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-03-09
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SHERRY SHRINER Part 6 of 8: Unraveling

Shortly after Barbara Rogers and Stephen Mineo start dating, Sherry Shriner declares Barbara to be a witch. Stephen is thrown into a state of distress when Sherry makes him choose between Barbara and the Orgone Warriors.   Thank you to our sponsor:  Care/Of - for 50% off your first order, go to TakeCareOf.com and enter code opp50 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-03-16
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SHERRY SHRINER Part 7 of 8: The Lion and The Lamb

Angered by his exile, Stephen becomes obsessed with taking Sherry down. A distressing night fighting with Orgone Warriors online ends with his death.   Thank you to our sponsor:  Daily Harvest - Go to DailyHarvest.com and enter promo code opp to get $25 off your first box. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-03-23
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SHERRY SHRINER Part 8 of 8: Day of Reckoning

Sherry goes viral after Stephen?s death. Meanwhile, Barbara is charged and tried for murder.   Thank you to our sponsors: BetterHelp - Get 10% off your first month by going to betterhelp.com/opp Amazon Pharmacy - Learn more at Amazon.com/opportunist Athena Club - Go to Athenaclub.com and enter code opportunist to get 20% off your first order See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-03-30
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SHERRY SHRINER Epilogue: A New Queen

In the Sherry Shriner epilogue we talk about the history of orgone, update you on the current status of the Orgone Warriors, and reveal more information about Sherry?s death. We also bring you a brand new interview with a former Orgone Warrior.   Thank you to our sponsors:  Care/Of - Go to TakeCareOf.com and enter code opp50 for 50% off your first order Daily Harvest - Go to DailyHarvest.com and enter code opp to get $25 off your first box Audible - Visit Audible.com/opp or text opp to 500-500 to start your free trail See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-04-06
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The Opportunist: Coming February 16th, 2021

The Opportunist: Coming February 16, 2021. From Kast Media. kastmedia.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2021-01-28
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