Burns Chronicles No 51 – William “Will” Kullman (Night Hawk)

Burns Chronicles No 51
William “Will” Kullman (Night Hawk)

Gary Hunt
Outpost of Freedom
December 28, 2016

Notice: Because of her extremely biased judicial discretion, Judge Anna Brown has ordered that I remove the information that I obtained from a ‘prohibited’ copy of the Discovery for the trial of the defendants in the Malheur Occupation trial. I have fully complied with that order and removed all of those portions prohibited, according to that order. All instances of removed text will be marked “[REDACTED]”, which is the same method the government used in depriving information that should have been available to the defendants, as well as you, the reading public, with factual information needed in order for you to make a fair and logical assessment. The FBI redactions were the government’s efforts to “protect” their army of paid informants, but they did a lousy job, as I was able to identify them with the unredacted text.

Jon Ritzheimer had put out a call for more people to come to the Refuge, shortly after the occupation on January 2, 2016.  Many people who supported the effort being made by Ammon Bundy and the others resent that message.

On January 3, Will Kullman contacted Maureen Peltier (SSG Moe).  Peltier was one of those who had passed the message on.  His first contact with Peltier shows that he was from Lake Stevens, Washington and that he was Founder of “Kullman Combat Organization”.  Some of the text messages indicate his desire to help:

“I wanna come down to Oregon to help.  What do I need to bring and when is the best time to come?”

Is there an armed militia that is doing security like we did at Sugar Pine and Bundy?  Just wondering if I should bring a weapon.

He then stated that he “had a team ready to go…”  And, then asked for a contact for when he got there.  However, when he arrived in Burns, he was alone.

He knew that Ritzheimer was a Marine, so he sent the message:

“I will be there to help him.  Tell him a fellow Marine is on his way to help him.  Tell him I said “Semper Fi.”

On January 6, as he entered Harney County, he relayed messages through Peltier, announcing his approaching the Refuge.  At 8:33 PM, he was driving in fog about 16 miles out from the Refuge.  Then, at 10:56 pm, he reported to Peltier that he had arrived and that he “just met up with Ryan.”  (Not sure if it was Payne or Bundy, as both were present at the time.)

“Semper fi”, short for “semper fidelis”, is the Marine Corps motto, Always faithful — that Marines will always be faithful to the Corps and other Marines.  Both Ritzheimer and Kullman were Marines, though Kullman was more than willing to turn against his fellow Marine.

January 7, the day after Kullman arrived, he texted:

“You know there’s only maximum 40 of us here…  Not as many as before.  Get the word out.  They are cutting power to the Refuge.”

Peltier questioned his going public with that sort of information and told Kullman that such information should only come out from the leadership.  Peltier was beginning to have questions about Kullman’s assertiveness and assuming the authority to speak for the Refuge.


Then, on January 8, in an apparent effort to impress Peltier, he texts:

“Actually, I was just made the team leader of the militia with Jon, so trust my intel when I give it to you.”

Peltier, concerned about what role Kullman is playing, contacted Ritzheimer to explain what Kullman was doing.  She indicates to Kullman that she has spoken with Ritzheimer and that he did not want any numbers to be given out.  Kullman had been given a leadership position; he replaced Ryan Payne as head of one of the three militia units.  The initial militia units were headed by Payne, Ritzheimer, and Varner, as explained in “Burns Chronicles No 40 – Allen Varner (Wolf)“.

The next day, January 9, Kullman is again trying to butter up Peltier, probably realizing that she has concerns about him, texts:

“At the point, with as much media that’s been here, everyone knows.  You’re the only person that can get trusted and resourceful information out to the people.  I’m sorry that I made you feel like a subordinate, but, the fact remains your ability to get the word out that we need help is impertinent (?) to the cause.  I know we don’t know each other that well, but if Payne, Cooper, the Bundys and even Ritzheimer trust my judgment, maybe you could too, one day.  Thanks for what you are doing.  Out.”

You can see that he is trying to get closer to Peltier by his praise and his claim that “Payne, Cooper, the Bundys and even Ritzheimer trust” his judgment“.  Kullman ended up leaving the Refuge on January 12 or 13.

Thus ended the communication between Kullman and Peltier, until January 26, after LaVoy Finicum was murdered, and all but two of the remaining members of the convoy had been arrested.  There was confusion as to whether the Ryan that had been shot was Bundy or Payne.  Until subsequent calls were made, and eventually it was established that it was Ryan Bundy, only Mark McConnell and Victoria Sharp knew for sure who it was.  So, Kullman crowns his lies with a final effort to endear himself to Peltier, when he sends this message:

“Just got off the phone with a person who was with the people that were arrested, and he was released.  Told me what happened to everyone including Payne and Lavoy.”

It was Ryan Bundy, and McConnell knew that.  Payne was put with McConnell, Ammon, and Booda, where they sat in the cold until the events down the road, where Ryan Bundy received a wound and LaVoy was killed.

Peltier, however, had had enough of Kullman and refused to answer any texts after the 8th.

Now, let’s venture into Kullman’s role as an informant and what information he provided to the FBI.  This information is from the FBI form 1023, “CHS Reporting Documents”.  CHS is Confidential Human Source”, or informant, or perhaps, spy.  This, “xxxx”, indicates redactions within the paragraph.  Those marked “PTM” by me are probably “Private Text Messages”, since time-stamps appear on the reports.

January 7, 2016 – PTM


January 8, 2016– PTM


January 9, 2016 PTM


Now, Sheriff Ward, the FBI, Mainstream Media, and many others, claimed that those at the Refuge were harassing the LEOs in Burns.  However, Kullman reports that it was Idaho III%, Oregon III%, and OathKeepers that were responsible for the harassing going on in Burns.  No wonder the FBI wanted to hide Kullman and his testimony.  Berdotha is an OathKeeper from Bend, Oregon.


January 10, 2016 – PTM


Kullman has been providing tactical information, however, here, he is setting the stage, probably hoping that the FBI will set up a roadblock and take Ammon and the others down.  It appears that he is traveling with them, and would probably play hero if there was a roadblock, and arrest Ammon while still in the “white, four door, Ford pick-up“, going south on 205.


January 11, 2016 – PTM – [It appears that there was two-way texting going on during this session.  Case agent is pasting CHS texting, but not his own.]


What?  No threat, simply talk?  That’s not what we heard in the courtroom.


January 12, 2016 – PTM


Kullman then left the Refuge.  However, he hadn’t ended his role.  His Case Agent, shortly before the murder of Lavoy Finicum, who had some questions, contacted him.

January 22, 2016


The FBI sought identification of individuals in a photograph, though no indication of the source of the photo.  Then, they queried about gun firing on the Refuge, even though the Refuge allows hunting and has no restriction on firearms (See Burns Chronicles No 26 – Firearms Not Allowed).  It was just a day later that “John Killman (See Burns Chronicles No 42 – Fabio Minoggio (John Killman)) began firearms training and led the occupiers in to a firing exercise, which the video of became a key piece of the prosecution’s evidence – until Killman testified.

January 25, 2016


January 25, 21016, the day before LaVoy’s death, is the last report that is within the obtained documents.

Kullman demonstrates one of the characteristics of an informant.  He tried to ride Peltier as an entrance to the Refuge, hoping that it would be “credentials”, though Peltier made clear that she did not know Kullman.  Kullman then lied to Peltier about his role and authority at the Refuge, but he failed, in that effort, too.

When someone starts dropping names, contact those named to see if what is claimed is, in fact, true.  Your diligence, in this regard, may save you some grief.

Kullman was an “inside” informant, identified as “CHS #14”.

Prior to publishing this article, I called Kullman.  As I began to explain that I was writing an article about the role he played at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, and see if he wanted to see the article and comment, he hung up the phone, in my midsentence.

NOTE (March 9, 2017): Though Will Kullman did not testify, he did appear as required. The decision to not have him testify was made by the Defense Counsel and defendants.  The US Attorney did confirm, to the defense attorneys, that Will Kullman was an informant for the FBI, and was paid for his services. This was confirmed on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

Related article: Burns Chronicles No 52 – Will Kullman (Nighthawk) #2



  1. Constitutional Truth says:

    Of all the articles you’ve written thus far regarding informants, this one has me the angriest. That a fellow veteran, a Marine (dammit, he doesn’t deserve that title anymore in my opinion), would sell out his Countrymen for a few pieces of silver, has my blood boiling!
    All I can say is this: I’ll see his “semper fi”, and raise him an Aim High!

  2. Julie says:

    Thank you for your hard work..
    It’s invaluable!!

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