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McFeely: Kulm, N.D. fearful white supremacist ‘setting up shop’ in old school

The granddaughter of a white supremacist who preached hatred of Jews and police — and who kidnapped six of his grandchildren from North Dakota two decades ago — says he might be “setting up shop” in Kulm, N.D.

Shannon Maresh said in an interview Tuesday afternoon that her grandfather, Gordon Winrod, might be planning to start a church — “Or a cult, in my mind,” Maresh said — in the old Kulm school building. The building was recently purchased at auction by Sam and Laura Leppert, Maresh’s aunt and uncle. Laura Leppert is Winrod’s daughter.

Gordon Winrod

Maresh originally went public with her fears Tuesday morning on Facebook, when she posted:

“Edgeley and surrounding area friends: I’m not sure if you remember the years of my life where my parents were afraid to leave me alone for fear I would disappear. You may have even been concerned about your own children. This fear even extended to the school. My siblings and cousins disappeared and I quickly became an only child. My family was shattered. The man responsible was Gordon Winrod. He and his followers have one creed: to hate everyone who doesn’t believe as they do and follow Gordon Winrod’s teachings. We, you…us? We are all ‘blood sucking Jews,’ whatever that means. The point is, he and his followers fully believe that if you aren’t one of them it is not wrong to steal, cheat, lie, or kill you. Well, he is back. He was released from jail after being convicted of kidnapping and brainwashing. He is now setting up shop in the old Kulm school. Hide your kids. Hide your wives. And whatever you do, don’t drink the Cool Aid. Seriously though. This man is a predator and his followers are dangerous.”

In a phone interview later, Maresh said she has talked with relatives who said Gordon Winrod is living with Sam and Laura Leppert in rural LaMoure County.

“I want people in the community and state to know what’s happening,” Maresh said. “I don’t want what happened to my family to happen to other families. I want to prevent that from happening to anybody else.”

Keep reading at McFeely's Areavoices blog here.

Mike McFeely
Mike McFeely is a WDAY (970 AM) radio host and a columnist for The Forum. You can respond to Mike's columns by listening to AM-970 from 8:30-11 a.m. weekdays.
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