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crime world Episode 53: The downfall of 'Queen of Con' Marianne 'Mair' Smyth

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Nicola Tallant, Sunday World investigations editor

Nicola Tallant, Sunday World investigations editor

Nicola Tallant, Sunday World investigations editor

When Irish heiress Marianne ‘Mair’ Smyth walked in the door of Jonathan Walton’s LA apartment neither of them could have guessed what lay ahead.

For reality TV maker Jonathan, Mair came across charming, successful and well connected and he was quickly drawn into her world where she was forever on the brink of inheriting a vast fortune from Ireland.

But Mair was no lady and instead she tricked him out of money with her tall tales and tangled web of lies.

But what Mair Smyth didn’t realise was that Jonathan wasn’t like the countless other victims she had defrauded and instead he would become a thorn in her side.

Today the producer of a hit podcast series tells me the amazing story of Mair Smyth and how he turned the tables on the Queen of the Con.

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