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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 allRead more

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DAN WARREN Part 1 of 1: Service Dog Fraud

Dec 7 • 56:33

From the outside, Dan Warren’s farm in Madison County, Virginia looked idyllic. A place where life-saving Diabetic Alert Dogs were carefully bred and trained. But in 2011, a cruel fraud was exposed and the families he hurt would search for justice....

OOBAH BUTLER Part 1 of 1: Internet Prankster

Nov 16 • 52:48

Before he even opened its doors, Oobah Butler’s restaurant was number one on TripAdvisor. He had no staff, no menu, and no real location. In fact, the restaurant was a lie. It would launch his career as an internet prankster, blurring the line between reality and illusion, begging the question: can you take a joke too far?...

CANDACE CLARK Part 1 of 1: Serial Scammer

Nov 9 • 53:27

Serial scammer Candace Clark preyed on vulnerable people who believed she was a friend — but her relentless greed would be her downfall....

SHERYL RUTHVEN Epilogue: What Kind of Power?

Oct 19 • 50:59

Hannah and producer Patia discuss making Season 3. We bring you more information on Sheryl’s finances and her connection to local law enforcement in Tennessee and we ask the question: what happens to someone after they leave a cult? We also have a brand new interview for you with one of Sheryl’s former’s followers....

SHERYL RUTHVEN Part 4 of 4: The Exodus

Oct 12 • 54:27

When her ministry and cat rescue gain unwanted notoriety in Whatcom County, Sheryl Ruthven plans a mass exodus, shrouded in secrecy....

SHERYL RUTHVEN Part 3 of 4: Creating Eden

Oct 5 • 55:57

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....

SHERYL RUTHVEN Part 2 of 4: You've Been Conned

Sep 28 • 52:53

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....

SHERYL RUTHVEN Part 1 of 4: A New Mary Magdalene

Sep 28 • 52:53

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....

The Opportunist: Season 3 Coming September 28, 2021

Sep 22 • 01:18

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 ar...


Sep 7 • 16:43

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! ...

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