Project 7

A six-part series on notorious Flathead Valley militia leader David Burgert, who vanished into the wilderness after a shootout with sheriff's deputies in 2011


On June 12, 2011, David Burgert — a convicted felon and militia leader who hatched a plan to overthrow state and local government a decade earlier — led police on a chase through the forests of western Montana. In a wooded area in the Lolo National Forest, David drove up a hill, got out of his truck and shot at two sheriff’s deputies before disappearing into the wilderness.

No one has seen him since.

From the newsroom of the Flathead Beacon comes a new podcast about one of Montana’s biggest mysteries: Where is David Burgert?

Subscribe to Project 7 on Spotify, Apple Podcast, Stitcher, TuneIn or wherever you get your podcasts.

Learn more about the show at project7pod.com.

Episode 1: Where in the World is David Burgert

Episode 2: The Two David Burgerts

Episode 3: The Radical Within

Episode 4: The Hit List

Episode 5: The People v. David Burgert

Episode 6: The Hunt

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