Throwback Thursday: Waco Siege 1993

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Branch Davidian Compound Image One
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Rod Aydelotte with the Waco Tribune-Herald
Branch Davidian Compound during 1993 siege.
Sheet says: “God help us. We want the press.”

Twenty-six years ago, today, at 9:45 am CST, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) attempted to serve a search warrant for illegal weapons, and possible methamphetamine manufacture (brings in military assistance due to the War on Drugs), to the Branch Davidians religious group at the Mount Carmel Center in Axtell, Texas. The raid did not go well. The ATF was unable to get into the compound after a two-hour battle that claimed the lives of four ATF agents and five Branch Davidians. Sixteen more agents were wounded. A ceasefire was called until another branch member attempted to re-enter the compound six hours later and was gunned down.

The ATF made contact with David Koresh (Vernon Wayne Howell) inside and, the FBI moved in and took over the operation. Early on, 25 FBI negotiators nearly had Koresh agreeing to the Davidians leaving peacefully in exchange for a recorded message of his being released via radio. After the recording was aired, Koresh changed his mind and, stated that ‘God’ had told him to stay and wait. Despite the reversal, nineteen children were released and, interviewed regarding alleged physical and sexual abuse. Koresh gave phone interviews to the local media until the FBI cut all communication.

Branch Davidian Image Two
Photo Credit: Getty Images
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The stand-off lasted 51 days, culminating in a deadly fire on April 19. Seventy-six Branch Davidian members died. Autopsies revealed some died due to collapsed concrete walls, others by gun shots (either self-inflicted or consensual execution) and, there was one stabbing. Autopsy photographs of some children seemed to indicate cyanide poisoning.

The raid was criticized extensively. A slew of controversies emerged. There was no meth lab and no evidence of child abuse. Despite the Danforth Report, the whitewash of bureaucratic misconduct fueled resentment. The Oklahoma City Bombing occurred on the second anniversary of the Waco fire.

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Nothing remains of the buildings, today, other than concrete foundation components, as the entire site was bulldozed two weeks after the end of the siege. Only a small chapel, built years after the siege, stands on the site.

23 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: Waco Siege 1993

    Kenneth T. said:
    March 1, 2019 at 1:35 AM

    That’s the “sanitized” version, when can we hear what REALLY happened?

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      The Hinoeuma responded:
      March 1, 2019 at 4:24 PM

      Yeah. I was just highlighting the event and giving an overall synopsis.

      There are some good documentaries on this. Can you say Clinton Admin. Clusterfuck?

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    bottomlesscoffee007 said:
    March 1, 2019 at 6:59 AM

    Fuck the ATF!!!

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    Silk Cords said:
    March 1, 2019 at 10:59 AM

    Whitewash of bureaucratic misconduct… There’s an understatement. 🙂

    This was a textbook example of why everyone should fear big government.

    Love the blog though, you always find interesting info.

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      The Hinoeuma responded:
      March 1, 2019 at 4:31 PM

      Yeah. I was trying to by dry & sarcastic on that one.

      The sad thing is, our gubment is SO much worse, now, than back then. Corruption collects and grows, just like dust-bunnies, hair and dead skin. Instead of a spring cleaning, there is just another layer applied.

      Thank you. You honor me with your presence. And, I sometimes have a knack for finding weird shit, too.

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    BlackSheep said:
    March 1, 2019 at 12:18 PM

    Not one of our highest points as a species.

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      The Hinoeuma responded:
      March 1, 2019 at 4:31 PM

      Definitely not. And, there is no hope on the horizon.

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    ajeanneinthekitchen said:
    March 1, 2019 at 3:55 PM

    WOW!!! I can’t believe it was that long ago.

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      The Hinoeuma responded:
      March 1, 2019 at 4:32 PM

      Yeah. Really. Entire generation of people have been born & grown up since then.

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    badfinger20 said:
    May 25, 2019 at 12:51 AM

    I can’t believe this was that long ago. The whole thing was just so screwed up.
    How did I miss this post?

    When this was happening I thought we would have another Jim Jones… Just a stupid move on the Government side. Not that I like Koresh at all.

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      The Hinoeuma responded:
      May 25, 2019 at 1:49 AM

      Because…you have a life? LOL!

      That whole thing was a Clinton clusterf***. And, Koresh could easily have been another Jones.

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        badfinger20 said:
        May 25, 2019 at 1:57 AM

        On one hand I can see why the goverment wanted this guy out BUT…you don’t do it this way.
        They didn’t want a Jones type situation in America but it should have been common sense to wait the guy out.

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          The Hinoeuma responded:
          May 25, 2019 at 12:28 PM

          They did have a stockpile of weapons. Governments don’t like that. Honestly, I don’t think the Clinton Admin. cared about the religious side or, truly, even about the kids. They were concerned about them having lots of guns. The government never went after the Heavens Gate crowd.

          Common Sense…Clinton Admin….yeah, no. He was advised by his FBI & ATF that they were a threat. The *children* were a device for the media. Steer public opinion with hints of abuse. Liars.

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        badfinger20 said:
        May 25, 2019 at 1:58 AM

        Vic…I feel old old old today. My son graduated today. As I was watching him walk down the line…I was thinking wow… I was doing this 34 years ago.

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          The Hinoeuma responded:
          May 25, 2019 at 12:35 PM

          Congratulations! Yeah. I get old. I’m feeling it, too, today…

          College bound?

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            badfinger20 said:
            May 25, 2019 at 12:37 PM

            Yes he is… now today the party… he is worn out and so am I

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              The Hinoeuma responded:
              May 25, 2019 at 1:02 PM

              Yeah. Recovery at our age takes a while. LOL!

              Where is he headed?

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                badfinger20 said:
                May 25, 2019 at 3:57 PM

                Oh yes it does…. we have so much stuff… I see a trip to goodwill and the dump in our future.

                I am worn out.

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