History - No Greater Tragedy -
February 13, 1983
Gordon Kahl was one of the leaders of a
group known as "Posse Comitatus", a
loosely organized, armed vigilante group
whose members engage in paramilitary
training and oppose nearly every action
of the federal government, particularly
the collection of income taxes.
Two days after the Medina tragedy, a
force of approximately 100 law enforcement
personnel made up of representatives
of the U.S. Marshals Service, the
Federal Bureau of Investigation, and
State and local agencies converged on the Kahl family farmhouse near Heaton,
North Dakota, where they turned up a large
quantity of arms and ammunition - but
the elusive Gordon Kahl was still not to
be found. By then five suspects in the killings
had been arrested, including Kahl's
wife and wounded son, but the father
continued to elude the massive manhunt.
In a move indicative of the top priority
this investigation has been given, a
$25,000 reward- the largest in Service
history - was approved by the Attorney
General for information leading to Gordon Kahl's arrest.
Many key personnel of the Marshals
Service, including Marshals, Inspectors,
and Deputies, are working full-time on
the manhunt with the Federal Bureau of
Investigation and law enforcement officials in many States and Canada. A
tremendous spirit of cooperation has been
shown by all of the participating agencies. On left, Original Wanted Poster for Gordon Kahl.
In June, Gordon Kahl was located in
Arkansas after an intensive nationwide
manhunt following the Muir /Cheshire killings. Kahl, Scott Faul and Kahl's son,
Yorivon - all members of an extremist group of
tax protestors - were found to be responsible
for the ambush of federal and local law enforcement
officers which resulted in the two
murders and the serious wounding of
several others. Once Gordon Kahl fled, the Marshals Service and the FBI
began a joint task force investigation to locate him. During the search,
Yorivon Kahl and Scott Faul
were convicted of murder and sentenced.
Gordon Kahl was subsequently located in Arkansas and died in a fire
fight when an attempt was made to arrest him.