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Siege in Waco: 51 Days On the Branch Davidian Compound

From February 28, 1993 to April 19, 1993, close to 900 law-enforcement officials, including over 70 agents from the ATF, and many more from the FBI consolidated outside the Mount Carmel community. They would eventually attempt to take down and arrest, what was according to the ATF a stockpiling of weapons, David Koresh, the leader of the 7th Day Adventist group, and his followers. This would lead to nearly 80 people's deaths and a stain on the city of Waco, TX.

Waco: The Inside Story

An investigation into the siege at Waco Texas and the FBI's strategy, negotiations and tactics.

Federal agents raid the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas - Feb 28, 1993 - HISTORY.com

On this day in History, Federal agents raid the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas on Feb 28, 1993. Learn more about what happened today on History.

Waco siege | American history

Waco siege: A 51-day standoff between Branch Davidians and federal agents that ended on April 19, 1993, when the religious group’s compound near Waco, Texas, was destroyed in a fire. Nearly...

A Journey to Waco (Clive Doyle)

Nearly twenty years after they happened, the ATF and FBI assaults on the Branch Davidian residence near Waco, Texas remain the most deadly law enforcement action on American soil. The raid by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms agents on February 28, 1993, which resulted in the deaths of four ATF agents and six Branch Davidians, precipitated a 51-day siege conducted by the FBI. The FBI tank and gas assault on the residence at Mount Carmel Center on April 19 culminated in a fire that killed 53 adults and 23 children, with only nine survivors.

The Branch Davidians of Waco (Kenneth G.C. Newport)

What were the beliefs of the Branch Davidians? This is the first full scholarly account of their history. Kenneth G. C. Newport argues that, far from being an act of unfathomable religious insanity, the calamitous fire at Waco in 1993 was the culmination of a long theological and historical tradition that goes back many decades. The Branch Davidians under David Koresh were an eschatologically confident community that had long expected that the American government, whom they identified as the Lamb-like Beast of the book of Revelation, would one day arrive to seek to destroy God's remnant people. The end result, the fire, must be seen in this context.

The Ashes of Waco (Dick J. Reavis)

Examined from both sides - the Bureau of Alcohol and Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and the FBI on one hand, and David Koresh and his followers on the other - this text focuses on the events at Mt. Carmel, near Waco Texas. Dick J. Reavis contends that the government had little reason to investigate Koresh, and even less to raid the compound at Mt. Carmel. The government lied to the public about most of what happened - about who fired the first shots, about drugs allegations, and about the child abuse. The FBI was duplicitous and negligent in gassing Mt. Carmel - and that alone could have started the fire that killed 76 people.

Waco: The Rules of Engagement (1997)

Directed by William Gazecki. With Dan Gifford, Clive Doyle, Jack Harwell, Joseph Penno. This controversial documentary about the stand-off between an unorthodox Christian group - the Branch Davidians, under the leadership of the young, charismatic David Koresh - and the FBI and ATF in Waco, Texas, from February to April 1993 presents a different spin on the events from that of the United States government, which held that the Branch Davidians set the fire that destroyed their ...

Waco: A New Revelation (1999)

Directed by Jason Van Vleet. With Gene Cullen, Misty Ferguson, Misty Riddle, Rita Riddle. Researchers analyze new evidence in the fatal 1993 conflict at Mount Carmel in Waco, TX between the Branch Davidians and the FBI, the ATF, and the Texas National Guard.

Witness To Waco - MSNBC Documentary 2009 Cult David Koresh Branch Davidians (Rick Ross)

Rick Ross via CultEducation.com is a leading Cult Expert. "Witness to Waco" provides an in-depth look into the Branch Davidians, a religious cult led by Davi...

Waco Search Warrant

Search warrant and related documents for the February 25th, 1993 raid on the Branch Davidians.

-This is not from a educational/government website, so I do not know the authenticity of the document, I found it interesting nonetheless. -Hentze

Report to the Deputy Attorney General on the Events at Waco, Texas: Introduction

Although his name at birth was Vernon Wayne Howell, he had his name legally changed to David Koresh. He will be referred to throughout this report as David Koresh.

Evaluation of the Handling of the Branch Davidian Stand-Off in Waco, Texas February 28 to April 19, 1993

This fire was caused by the intentional act(s) of a person or persons inside the compound. Fires were set in three separate areas of the structure identified as points of origin 1, 2 and 3. This investigation establishes that these fires occurred in areas significantly distant from each other and in a time frame that precludes any assumption of a single ignition source or accidental cause....Investigative findings further confirm that flammable liquids were used to accelerate the spread and intensity of the fire.

The Standoff in Waco - The Texas Observer

Two survivors and an FBI agent recount the 51-day siege of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Tx.

A Place Called Waco (David Thibodeau)

For the first time ever, a survivor of the Waco massacre tells the inside story of the Branch Davidians, David Koresh and what really happened.. When he first met the man who called himself David Koresh, David Thibodeauwho had never been religious in the slightestwas drumming for a rock band that was going nowhere fast. Intrigued and frustrated with a stalled music career, Thibodeau gradually became a follower and moved to the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas. He remained there until April 19, 1993, when the compound was stormed and burnt to the ground.In this book, Thibodeau explores why so many people came to believe that Koresh was truly divinely inspired. We meet the men, women and children of Mt. Carmel. We get inside the day-to-day life of the community.

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David Koresh -leader of the 7th Day Adventist, Branch Davidians, Waco, TX

David Koresh -leader of the 7th Day Adventist, Branch Davidians, Waco, TX

David Koresh -leader of the 7th Day Adventist, Branch Davidians, Waco, TX

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ATF agent injured in the initial contact at the Mt. Carmel compund

ATF agent injured in the initial contact at the Mt. Carmel compund
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Before the fire broke out

Before the fire broke out
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the fire that burned down the entire complex

the fire that burned down the entire complex
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Janet Reno

Janet Reno

Mrs. Reno approved the assault on the compound, and would eventually accept all blame for the loss of life that day.

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