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Irv Nodland

...2/06..Oh course we used that and we put it in.
...2/14...I think, on the issue of the legality of the actual process
that was being followed by the U.S. marshalls service in attempting to arrest
Gordon Kahl in that incident, I think it was foolish; it was a terrible
mistake they made; it was a tragedy. ...2/34...
It is the crux of the case as to why it happened. You know, here's this
guy that is a--has a probation violation, that's essentially a misdemeanor.
His crime, so to speak, his probation violation is that he refuses to fill
out a simple little form that you're supposed to mail in. And, he refused
to do this....2/58...
But, there were all kinds of opportunities for him to be arrested and
the foolishness going out and trying to execute this search warrant and
placing 10-12 people in danger, causing their deaths, in fact, but there
were many others that could have died here....3/22
The bullets were flying all over. And, the foolishness of trying to
execute that in public, so to speak, because that's what they did for a
misdemeanor, for a probation violation of a farmer from Heaton, North Dakota,
that could be arrested seven days of the week in the local super market,
store, or what ever when he didn't have a gun. It just boggles the mind....3/45...
To me, it's sort of-it's a manifestation, of a sort of macho attitude.
It was a nice Sunday afternoon. They could have gone rabbit hunting.
They could have watched the football game. "Well, let's go out and
execute this warrant." And, it just was a terrible tragedy that they
decided to jepordize all these other people at the same time that they did
...4/20...Unless something happens that I now don't forsee, like for
example that there is a movement of the kind that exists for Leonard Peltier,
a "Free Scott Faul" movement that somehow gets generated out of
a book or a movie, some cause. I see him being stuck in prison until he's
an old man....4/43...
...4/50...I've seen some statistics ofthe percentage of people who have
received sentences like him who have gotten out in their life-time. I hate
to quote--I think it's less than 5% ever get out. ...5/05...
...5/14...I don't think there is any way to know.
...5/21...I think Ken Muir shot first. And, I think he hit Yori in the
chest anf the bullet hit Yori's pistol, embedded itself in the pistol grip....5/31...
...5/45...Well, obviously, Gordon Kahl got the gun back to Fargo to somebody
sympathetic to the defendants. And, the pistol was planted by somebody
deliberately a call made to the law enforcement people so that it would
be found. ...6/05...
I venture to say that you could research the legals annals of the world
and not find another case, anywhere ever, where an exhibit as significant
as that exhibit was allowed to be simply thrown onto an exhibit table after
the trial is over; after I had made my final argument; and so had other
defense council, and simply thrown on the the defense table over my objection,
and allowed to become an exhibit and went in to the exhibit room. ...6/40...
I doubt that there has ever been such a travesty of criminal proceedure
anywhere ever as to allow that to take place. I can't believe that the
8th Circuit of Appeals allowed that to happen. The idea that something
could go into the jury room as a relevant exhibit after the trial was over,
without an opportunity on my part, to cross examine, without an opportunity
to do bullistic tests, without an opportunity to even comment to the jury
upon its significance, or what it meant,it just bogles my mind to think--
If somebody had told me in law school that that could happen, I would have
told then that they were fantasizing. It can't happen in America....7/26...
...7/40...Oh, I think that Scott did some foolish things. If there was
some way to quantify foolishness, I'm not sure that in his life-time, he's
done any more foolish things , for example, that I have, or you, he certainly
did some foolish things. I realize that the constitution says you have
the right to bear arms, but I have a difficult time believing that you significantly
demonstrate your dedication to that principal by carrying guns into a medical
clinic on Sunday afternoon and parking them in and amongst the discussion
group gathered there. And, so I think that's kind of foolish....8/26...
But, I'm sure if somebody analyzed my life, and things that i've done
along the way, they could say that "That was sure foolish that he did
that." It isn't criminal. The constitution does say that. And, if
some people want to do that I guess they can. I could go around, this is
almost a religious gathering. It's a Sunday afternoon group and religion
had a lot to do with a lot of the discussion.....8/54...
You know I could sit around and say "Well, I think it's foolish
for Lutherans to do this and Catholics to do this, and Baptists to emerse
people, and other people to sprinkle holy water, and Lutherans to do the
things they do." And, I could do that too and its probably how I feel
about a lot of things. But, none of those things are criminal. They are
diverse, unique things about people. And, it's certainly not a crime.
So, I can't fault them for having guns with them that day....9/28...
...9/45...I've never heard that, no. It's possible. I sort of doubt
it but it's certainly possible.
...10/00...I thought about the first time that I talked to Scott Faul
and he told me one of the reasons that turned himself in was that he realized
that if he didn't, he was a dead man, that he would never, ever, be captured
alive. ...10/16...
At some point in time, down the road, he would be executed without an
opportunity for a trial. And, he didn't want that to happen. He thought
he had a chance. He thought that if he wanted to see his family again that
he had to turn himself in. And, he thought that the path that Gordon was
choosing was one of certain death. And, he was right. ...10/37... If he
would have been with Gordon, they would have executed him too. ...10/41...
...10/58...It's sometimes hard to--It's sometimes hard to carry on because
you get to know and love people and families and get close to them in the
course of preparing and carrying out trials, And, so you--when something
happens like here where Scott is led off, seemingly for ever. And, you
watch him go and you realize that you have not been able to stop this from
happening, you feel a lot of responsibility yourself....11/45...
I've also, you know, many time been in the position of having the jury
stand up and say "not guilty" and watching the person stand beside
me walk over and grab his wife instead of the U.S. marshall coming over
and putting the cuffs on. And, in those instances, quite a few of those
for me, is that they have been cases where they would have been led away
forever. ...12/15...
And so, you have peaks and valleys. You have times of supreme exaltation
when you suceed in doing what you set out to and other times it's really
hard to carry on and continue to keep your spirits up. I'm not sure if
there are any studies made of this, but somebody told me one time that the
professional life of a criminal defense lawyer is about ten years. ...12/42...
When I look in the catalogue of lawyers, for my community, there aren't
very many who are over the age of 35. Usually, by the time a lawyer in
this community, at least or in North Dakota, turns 35 they have stopped
taking criminal cases and are doing tax work, real estate work, probates
and estates. They're doing automobile accidents and defending insurance
companies. and, it's because of the burnout factor that there is a tremendous
emotional investment to have to make each time....13/24...
And, it's a paradox because, if you don't make the investment, you ain't
no good. I mean, you gotta do it in order--you have to become emotionally
involved or else you are worthless as a spokesman for this person. And,
the minute you make the emotional investment, it takes a piece of your heart,
and your mind, and your brain, and your feelings with it. ...13/46...
And, so it's hard to maintain the balance between the commitment that
it takes and, on the one hand, and sanity on the other. I guess it has
taken its toll. At the same time as I have had numerous of those great
moments, since then too, that sort of renew you, restore your faith in judges,
in jury systems, and in the system of justice that we have....14/22...

with interviews of...
Joan Kahl
Yorie Kahl
Lynn Crooks
Toots Mathis
Dennis Fisher
John Noah
Irv Nodland
Bill Kennelly
Prof. Ed Gran
Jack McLamb
Delores Everts
Scarlet Skiftu
Herman Widicker
August Pankow
Victor Seil
Marlys Klimek
Ron Perleberg
Len Martin
Brad Kapp
Robert Holiday
Tom Lee
Ed Fitzpatrick
Gene Nail
Buford Terrell
Marlene Gaysek
Bob Ralston
Darrel Graf
Steve Schnabel
Jack Swan
Loreen Dyck
Mark Stagg
Sheriff Ray Weatherby
Jack Miller
Tracy Adams
Allison Hoffman
Jeffrey F. Jackson
production design
Jim Haddon
Peter Lloyd
film editing
Tracy Adams
Martyn Hone
Jeffrey F. Jackson
original music by
Tracy Adams
sound department
Tracy Adams
Jeffrey F. Jackson
Rex Reddick
produced by
Jeffrey F. Jackson
Angela Kaye
writing by
Jeffrey F. Jackson
directed by
Jeffrey F. Jackson
A timeline of the life of Gordon Kahl, from early childhood interests, to his marriage to Joan Kahl, his decorated military experience, his outspoken tax protest, the Medina shootout, and his unusual death in Arkansas in 1983.
VARIETY /   Indie documaker Jeffrey F. Jackson sticks it to the IRS and the Feds in "Death & Taxes," a hard-hitting reinvestigation of the 1983 Gordon Kahl case, about which questions still linger. Jackson's unfazed, investigative reporting-style approach and inventive handling of familiar material make this a controversial item for fests and progressive webs. Non-U.S. viewers will also get a charge out of its conspiracy theme. read more
CHRONICLES MAGAZINE /   Gordon Kahl was a simple farmer who became famous for not filing income tax returns. Imprisoned and hounded by IRS agents who never did prove he owed any amount of money, Kahl and his son were involved in a shootout with police. The son is still serving a prison sentence, but the father was surrounded and shot in Arkansas by police officers who mutilated and burned his body. read more
GUNS & AMMO /   A new video documentary, Death & Taxes, details a case of government murderously out of control that was briefly mentioned in the October 1994 Guns & Ammo article "The Ugly Truth About Gun Control." Death & Taxes is the story of Gordon Kahl, a North Dakota farmer and decorated World War II veteran, and his apparent death at the hands of federal agents. read more
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Death & Taxes (DVD)
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Death & Taxes (VHS)
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Death & Taxes Miniseries (DVD)
Set of 6 DVD's comprising the complete uncut footage from the documentary film project. (783 min)
Gordon Kahl: Godfather of the militia movement
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This set of 6 DVD's comprises over 13 hours of uncut footage, including a 2+ hour prison interview with Yorie Kahl, and candid interviews with wife Joan Kahl. In this rich stockpile of research, you'll find many more threads than could reasonably be pursued in the final feature.
The Death & Taxes Miniseries DVD Set Includes...
01: Gordon Kahl Meets With Head North Dakota U.S. Marshal Bud Warren (60 min)
02: The Beginning: Gordon Kahl's military experience and views on a variety of subjects (93 min)
03: Gordon's Texas Tax Trial (90 min)
04: Medina Shootout (60 min)
05: Gordon Kahl Was...: A montage of over 25 people describing who Gordon Kahl was in their eyes. (50 min)
06: Mysterious Death In Arkansas (90 min)
07: Media Circus: Chronological portrayal of Gordon Kahl in the media (70 min)
08: Yorie Kahl Prison Interview (150 min)
09: Joan Kahl Uncut Interviews (120 min)
The connection between Gordon Kahl, Timothy McVeigh, and the Oklahoma City Bombing
A little-known fact regarding Death & Taxes is the surprising connection to Timothy McVeigh and the ATF / Oklahoma City Bombing. Here's a clip of Jackson sharing the story during a director's commentary on his film Postal Worker.
Manhunt in the Dakotas
The story of Gordon Kahl so captured the attention of mainstream America that it was turned into a highly-rated made-for-television movie titled In The Line of Duty - Manhunt In The Dakotas.

DEATH & TAXES is the story of Gordon Kahl, a North Dakota farmer who became America's "most-wanted" fugitive. How had a WWII war hero become the target of one of the largest manhunts in FBI history? Gordon Kahl U.S. Marshalls Most Wanted Fugitive
Gordon Kahl's charred and burned remains were reexamined after his exhumation. The island of unburned skin shows that Kahl's body was likely positioned against the floor at the time he was set on fire.
The badly burned remains of Gordon Kahl, with an island of skin that shows he was in a prone position at the time of the fire.
Was Kahl a racist, gun-toting fanatic? Or a victim of an IRS policy of harassing vocal tax protestors into silence to keep the rest of us intimidated? Did Bill Clinton conspire to cover-up the torture and execution of Gordon Kahl in Arkansas? Did federal agents mutilate and burn the body to cover-up the murder of the wrong man?
DEATH & TAXES follows the trail of Gordon Kahl as his body is exhumed for a new autopsy. Building on newsreel clips covering two fiery shootouts and hundreds of interviews -- with IRS agents and federal prosecutors as well as Kahl's family and supporters -- D&T explores the myths and controversies surrounding a man who dared to challenge the federal income tax system. Some revile Kahl as a cop killer. Others revere him as an American patriot. Which was he?