Invisible Children

6 Grandchildren of Gordon Winrod

Content note: Case narratives include descriptions of severe violence inflicted on children, including abuse and neglect, sexual violence, torture, and murder, as well as mentions of suicide and domestic violence. They also include photos of victims and perpetrators of violence.


In 1995 and 1996, Gordon Winrod, a antisemitic Christian Identity leader, kidnapped six of his grandchildren and held them on his extensive compound. The children did not go to school during this time, or leave the compound; instead, they were homeschooled by a relative. In 2000, police finally broke into the compound and freed the children, who were then aged 9 through 16.

Date: May 2000
Location: Gainesville, Missouri

Documents: Date:
Children end four-day standoff 2000-05-21
Report: Grandchildren were hidden four years 2000-05-22
Leader of Anti-Semitic church walks out of his kidnapping trial 2001-01-30
Jury convicts pastor of conducting grandkids 2001-02-01
Winrod sentenced to 30 years in prison 2001-03-20
Supremacist gets prison term 2001-03-20
Lawyer Wants New Trial for Preacher 2002-01-15
Court Upholds Preacher Conviction 2002-01-18
Kidnapper’s Farm To Be Sold 2003-06-16