The Grift

The Grift

www.thegriftpodcast.com
The greatest con artists and the lives they ruin.


Introducing Empire on Blood
Mar 27, 2018 • 4 min
From the Producers of The Grift and Revisionist History, Empire on Blood is a new podcast from Panoply that chronicles award-winning journalist Steve Fishman’s seven-year investigation to uncover the truth behind a Bronx double homicide and one man’s…
The Grift Presents: Family Ghosts
Dec 11, 2017 • 55 min
The Grift presents an episode of another Panoply podcast we think our listeners will love: Family Ghosts. When Nick’s grandfather died in 1994, something bizarre happened: his aunt Susan stole the body and hid it. Susan died shortly thereafter, and for…
The Greatest Impostor
Jun 6, 2017 • 40 min
Ferdinand Demara is quite possibly the greatest con artist you’ve never heard of. With good reason: he hardly ever used his own name. Demara was a professional impostor. In his long and prolific career, he passed himself off as a surgeon on a warship, an…
Crooked Carnival
May 30, 2017 • 33 min
Peter Fenton made a career out of crafting that con we’ve all fallen for: the con of fantasy, of alternative realities that are much more pleasant than the existing one. This week, we go inside the world of carnival game scams, why we fall for them even…
Psychic Faith
May 23, 2017 • 32 min
A fraud is lurking on most every block of most every city and town, all over the world: the psychic. When you’re down, when you’re alone, when you’re uncertain: that’s when you’re perfectly vulnerable to that old teller of the future, the person who…
For a Small Investment…
May 16, 2017 • 33 min
Oscar Hartzell, born to humble beginnings, would go on to craft one of the most elaborate and successful mail fraud cons of all time. Pirates, lost treasure, the Wild West — it’s the Spanish Prisoner, with a very English twist. Learn more about your ad…
The One Who Almost Got Away
May 9, 2017 • 32 min
Sam Israel not only ran one of the most successful Ponzi schemes in history, he would eventually go on to the single most extreme con there is: the con of life and death. Who knows how often it happens? After all, its success stories are dead….or so we…
Loving a Lie
May 2, 2017 • 31 min
Maria talks with the Atlantic’s Emily Yoffe about the most common grift of them all: the sweetheart scam. It’s a catfishing bait and switch where the person you fall in love with isn’t the person you thought. It has likely happened to someone you know.…
The Religion of the Black Dog
Apr 25, 2017 • 45 min
A small secretive cult was started in the 1970s and operated out of New Jersey for decades without notice. A survivor tells us her dark story of abuse and manipulation at the hands of the charismatic cult leader, and how she eventually escaped his…
The Self-Made Heiress
Apr 18, 2017 • 33 min
Cassie Chadwick was one of the most famous, or infamous, seductresses of the Gilded Age. She excelled at impersonating high society royalty—and at getting everyone in her path to shower her with cash, even though they never got anything in return. And she…
Genuine Fake
Apr 11, 2017 • 41 min
The only thing Ken Perenyi loved as much as art was swindling the art world. He relished the contest of wits, the risk of getting caught, the thrill of deception, the sense of power that comes with a successful con. But more than anything else, he wanted…
Fast Jack, the Card Shark
Apr 4, 2017 • 36 min
“Fast Jack” Farrell is one of the greatest card and dice manipulators of the twentieth century - an undisputed leader in the vast world of crooked gambling. He cheated John Wayne and Frank Sinatra, worked for mobs in several states and several continents.…
Introducing: The Grift
Mar 30, 2017 • 2 min
Coming soon from Panoply and Maria Konnikova, The Grift: stories about con artists and the lives they ruin. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices