Chameleon: Various Seasons
In 2003, two half-starved brothers emerged from the wilderness, telling an incredible story of survival. A small Canadian community took them in. The only problem? The boys weren't who they said they were. Hosted by Sam Mullins.New episodes of Chameleon: Wild Boys release every Tuesday for free wherever you get your podcasts. If you’d like to get new episodes one week early in addition to ad-free listening and our exclusive bonus series The Art of the Con, subscribe to Chameleon: uninterrupted on Apple podcasts. Visit the chameleon show page on Apple Podcasts and hit “try free” to start your free t...
Patricia Nicol • The Times UK • Apr 10, 2022
"(Season: Wild Boys) An engrossing and strange real-life story...Journalist Sam Mullins, a Vernon teenager at the time, skilfully weaves a gripping nine-part series."
Nicholas Quah • Vulture • Apr 4, 2022
"(Season: Wild Boys) The most interesting podcast in the category of the New Year so far comes from Chameleon. Wild Boys ends up being a fascinating story about the spirit of small-town life and the aftermath when that spirit is taken advantage of…"
Miranda Sawyer • The Guardian • Apr 2, 2022
"(Season: Wild Boys) It’s not quite true crime, but it is a true story...It’s beautifully paced, with excellent cliffhangers and much care in the sound production. Presenter Sam Mullins is great and he, eventually, even talks to the boys themselves, now adults. (A quick warning: this show isn’t for anyone triggered by discussion of eating disorders.) I was gripped and surprised throughout Wild Boys, right up to the final episode. It really doesn’t go where you think it will. Recommended."
Wendy J. Fox • PodcastReview.org • Apr 1, 2022
"(Season: Wild Boys) While this podcast could have ended in a chilling manner, Mullins is an affable host as he shares his own relationship to something that happened in his hometown, and he’s also very Canadian. The importance of place is a complicated undercurrent that runs beneath Wild Boys. Mullins is successful in creating context for listeners who don’t know about this part of the world, and equally successful in creating recognition for those who do: As someone who grew up very close to the American side of the same border that Will and Tom slipped across, I would have believed them too."
Lauren Passell • Podcast The Newsletter • Feb 28, 2022
"(Season: Wild Boys) I love the pacing of Wild Boys—it spent the perfect amount of time setting up a strange story, took a break, and now is picking up the pieces with the final four episodes."
Keelin • Mentally? A Magpie. • Feb 22, 2022
"(Season: Wild Boys)The first few minutes of this podcast had me hooked. For one, I needed to double-check that yes this is a documentary-style podcast. The audio production had me drifting into “this is totally a drama, I just opened a drama”. Nope. It’s just a captivating piece of audio narrative, reporting easily and well. I thoroughly am enjoying the “not as horrifying” true crime aspect of Wild Boys. This is an excellent podcast for those of us who may need a break from death, but still like the suspense of a good mystery."
Lizzy Steiner • Crime Reads • Feb 4, 2022
"(Season: Wild Boys) While the events documented in this show took place the same year Wildboyz debuted, this pod follows a decidedly different—but no less wild!—pair of male specimens."
Catherine McGregor • The Spinoff NZ • Aug 24, 2021
"If you’re looking for an enthralling true crime tale but aren’t mentally prepared for intense descriptions of violence and murder, this is the one for you...this is the first podcast in a long time that I’ve devoured in a single day – all 10 episodes of it. As always with these kinds of stories, the less you already know, the better: this one has some jaw-dropping twists you really don’t want spoiled."
Emma Dibdin • New York Times • Feb 16, 2021
"(Hollywood Con Queen) As the journalists Josh Dean and Vanessa Grigoriadis unpack the story throughout this 10-part series, it becomes clear that this is not a simple financial fraud, but a darker and more twisted power game that preys on the vulnerability of Hollywood hopefuls."