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Samantha Azzopardi Spent Her Adult Life Pretending To Be A Child

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Listen to part two of Mia and Sharon's conversation here.

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Samantha Azzopardi spent 10 years receiving care as a troubled teen. It would be years before the truth came out that she was actually an adult woman. 

Her scams stretched decades and impacted families, friends and even children, in Australia and abroad. But it wasn’t money that she wanted…   

In this conversation, Mia speaks with investigative journalist Sharon Davis, who has spent the past few years working on the successful podcast Finding Samantha. Sharon worked with colleagues Tim Desmond, Nicoline Greer and Liam O'Brien from RTE in Ireland, tracking Samantha's crimes. What she didn’t expect was the way her own life would become entangled in this story. 


With thanks to Sharon Davis - check out the podcast Finding Samantha here.

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Host: Mia Freedman. You can find Mia on Instagram here and get her newsletter here.

Producers: Cassie Merritt & Emeline Gazilas

Executive Producer: Elissa Ratliff

Audio Producer: Madeline Joannou

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