I remember as a child, watching the nightly news reports unfold as the
search for Gordon Kahl commenced. I remember asking my father if Kahl
was crazy. "No!", he said. "He's just a man that they pushed too far!!"
Anyone who grew up in the early to mid 1980s can remember the drastic
plight of the farmers of the Midwest. Many farms were being foreclosed
on by government subsidized loans that could not be repaid due to crop
failures and high interest rates. Many American farmers lost family
farms and years of toil and hard work gone down the tubes.
Gordon Kahl, a decorated WW2 veteran, came home and started farming on
one of the government grants. When Kahl determined that he couldn't
make any money with "government assistance", he withdrew himself from
the program...and the Federal Income Tax!!!!!!
After many years harassment and a stint in Club Fed for failing to file
income tax, Kahl said that he just wanted to be left alone to farm and
But, the IRS, with the help of the US Marshals service, had other
After a bloody ambush by some US Marshals, Kahl escaped and went on the
run, until he was cornered on a farm in Arkansas and burned to death by
FBI agents(see any of the Waco films to compare this m.o. of the FBI).
This film interviews the players in this saga. Kahl's wife, Joan, son
Yori (who is doing time in Club Fed for "murders" that Gordon ADMITTED
he committed), some of the officers involved, investigators, friends,
business associates, etc. It answers a lot of questions that still
remain some 20+ years after the initial case. It interviews jurors and
prosecutors and exposes some pretty shady practices that the
prosecution used to convict the persons they had in custody( ie ,Yori
and Scott Faul).
This film is a real eye opener on a case that I followed for a long
time, and that left a definite impression on me as a child.
Anyone interested in the attacks on Ruby Ridge or Waco will definitely
find this film entertaining and enlightening.
A must see!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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