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In the fall of 2020, 14 men were arrested across three states in a series of FBI raids that shocked the nation. The government alleged that these men conspired to kidnap, and possibly even kill, the sitting governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer. But is that really what happened?

On season 7 of Chameleon, we’ll explore that notorious plot to kidnap governor Whitmer from its inception by taking listeners on an unprecedented journey inside the investigation. Through hundreds of hours of wire recordings that have never been heard by the public, you’ll ride along in the pocket of an FBI informant posing as a militia member, as he infiltrates an anti-government group that seems dangerous. But are they?

Was the plot to kidnap governor Whitmer the sophisticated plan the government said it was, or just the stoned fantasies of a group of down-on-their-luck gun nuts? Did the FBI stop a dangerous plot in motion…or did it help to create it?

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In the fall of 2020, 14 men were arrested across three states in a series of FBI raids that shocked the nation. The government alleged that these men conspired to kidnap, and possibly even kill, the sitting governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer. But is that really what happened?

On season 7 of Chameleon, we’ll explore that notorious plot to kidnap governor Whitmer from its inception by taking listeners on an unprecedented journey inside the investigation. Through hundreds of hours of wire recordings that have never been heard by the public, you’ll ride along in the pocket of an FBI informant posing as a militia member, as he infiltrates an anti-government group that seems dangerous. But are they?

Was the plot to kidnap governor Whitmer the sophisticated plan the government said it was, or just the stoned fantasies of a group of down-on-their-luck gun nuts? Did the FBI stop a dangerous plot in motion…or did it help to create it?

Want the full story? Unlock all episodes of Chameleon: The Michigan Plot, ad-free, right now by subscribing to The Binge. Plus, get binge access to brand new stories dropping on the first of every month — that’s all episodes, all at once, all ad-free.

Just click ‘Subscribe’ on the top of the Chameleon show page on Apple Podcasts or visit GetTheBinge.com to get access wherever you listen.


From Campside Media and Sony Music Entertainment, this is Season 7 of Chameleon: The Michigan Plot.


Find out more about The Binge and other podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts and follow us @sonypodcasts.

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    The Michigan Plot I 1. The Man in the Vac-Shack Basement

    The Michigan Plot I 1. The Man in the Vac-Shack Basement

    On October 7th, 2020, the FBI arrests 14 men in a three-state sweep. Their crime: conspiring to kidnap the Governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer. We take you back to where it all started: with an unlikely romance sparked in the basement of a vacuum cleaner store.

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    • 46 min
    The Michigan Plot I 2. Wolverines!

    The Michigan Plot I 2. Wolverines!

    In the Spring of 2020, as COVID lockdowns hit the country, a family in South-Central Michigan formed a militia group called the Wolverine Watchmen. An Iraq War veteran joins and takes their skills to new heights. He also changes their lives forever.



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    • 43 min
    The Michigan Plot I 3. What’s The Plan?

    The Michigan Plot I 3. What’s The Plan?

    A secret meeting in the Vac-Shack basement leads to the somewhat reluctant union of Adam Fox and the Wolverine Watchmen. But can these guys put the bong down long enough to come up with a real plan?



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    • 54 min
    The Michigan Plot I 4. Far From Stupid

    The Michigan Plot I 4. Far From Stupid

    Storming the governor’s home by boat? A two-helicopter relay carried out by a guy who claims to be an ex-Navy Seal? An elected official set adrift on Lake Michigan? Dan works with Adam to mold a wad of dumb ideas into a real plan.



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    • 47 min
    The Michigan Plot I 5. Overt Acts

    The Michigan Plot I 5. Overt Acts

    Watchmen members host a pot-fueled gun jamboree in the northern Michigan town of Luther. With Dan’s help, it’s time for them to stop talking and actually do something.



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    • 48 min
    The Michigan Plot I 6. To Catch The Devil, You Have To Go To Hell

    The Michigan Plot I 6. To Catch The Devil, You Have To Go To Hell

    Long before Dan Chappell joined the Wolverine Watchmen, the FBI was using informants to infiltrate groups and attempt the impossible: To stop acts of terror before they happen.



    Unlock all episodes of Chameleon: The Michigan Plot, ad-free, right now by subscribing to The Binge. Plus, get binge access to brand new stories dropping on the first of every month — that’s all episodes, all at once, all ad-free.

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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
7.1K Ratings

7.1K Ratings

djeieksnrig ,

True Crime that isn’t Murder of the week

One of the best podcasts that does a season long story, typically about criminals but as the theme says, it’s really anyone with a story about deception. Each season may have a different journalist, but all are very well researched and produced.

jspeyton ,

No Criminal Masterminds Here

Great podcast and reporting. After hearing the tapes, the only thing I’m left with is how this society failed these men. It’s hard to see how they would NOT have ended up in jail given the idiocy, lack of mental health and, frankly, loneliness on display. What the FBI did looks and sounded like entrapment to me. And also, I think these men were a danger to themselves and potentially others with the right opportunity and means. I guess I really am a bleeding heart because I think they really needed therapy and real friendship *not* centered around violence and lies. Instead they got prison.

AZshunshine ,

No empathy for violent criminals

It’s unconscionable to excuse the behavior of these violent anti-Americans. The description of their beliefs, the ways they live, and their disgusting entitlement are things a healthy society should condemn.

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