Skip to comments.Lost in the chaos Branch Davidian tragedy at 25: How the story overtook the storytellers
Posted on 02/25/2018 6:40:59 PM PST by Elderberry
On a drizzly February morning 25 years ago, a Waco Tribune-Herald reporter knocked on a door on Double EE Ranch Road, 12 miles east of town.
He was preparing to ask permission to set up to observe a news story expected to unfold at a religious commune across the street.
A face appeared in the door, twisted in surprise and anger. The man didnt let the reporter finish the question.
Get the f--k out of here, the man sputtered.
The reporter, Tommy Witherspoon, hurried back to a silver Honda Accord, where a photographer and another reporter waited. The car backed out of the driveway at 9:45 on Sunday morning, Feb. 28, 1993.
Up to this moment it was possible to believe that this was a local story newsworthy but not world-shaking. Those in the car that day recall thinking of it as a coda to the big story that had started running the day before.
In a seven-part Sinful Messiah series, readers were learning about the Branch Davidians and their messianic leader, who had recently changed his name from Vernon Howell to David Koresh. A slew of ex-members accused him of asserting divine mandate to take at least 15 wives and to have sex with young girls.
Witherspoon had a tip that that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms might serve a warrant that morning for the possession of illegal automatic weapons. Witherspoon recalls expecting to see Koresh and a crowd of his followers come out with their hands raised.
Reporters from KWTX had gotten a similar tip and were waiting in cars down the road, but the station management hadnt staffed up for live coverage and was scheduling the story for the 6 p.m. newscast.
For the moment, everything seemed under control. A moment later, nothing did.
(Excerpt) Read more at wacotrib.com ...
Gtreat story. Thx.
In the pic showing ATF agents with a wounded agent wrapped in a blanket atop a truck hood, I see a female agent to the right. Why is she grinning?
Waco and the Seventh Day Adventist massacre of 87 people and 27 children ( under 12) by use of illegal tanks and illegal cs gas to set them on fire screaming to their death was the greatest crime ever against humanity in this country. There is no doubt that those Christians deserved nothing much less annihilation ordered by hillary clinton and the clinton regime. The portrayal of “Waco” on the paramount channel has been commendable except the removal of the references to Jesus and God. The murder of those people was beyond satanic. If you can watch “Waco” and the absolute murder of those Christians and children without tears— you have a very serious eternal life problem.
A totally criminal act by the gov.
A story about the story tellers.
Bored...compared to what I watched unfold on TV...
It sadly resulted in the Oklahoma city bombing on the same day ( April 19) two years later.
It wasn’t a “tragedy” it was an atrocity. The 6 part series “Waco” running on the Paramount Channel is excellent. And timely considering the criminal activities of the FBI - past and present.
Because he died and she will never have to admit they were having an affair.../
Not being funny but, Waco didn’t need to happen.
They doubled down on their stupidity and conceit, killing the very people they were sent to help.
“I’M FROM THE givernment. I’m here to help”
what was illegal about using cs gas?
It wasnt a tragedy it was an atrocity.
Outrage is good. It spurs us to action.
Tragedy is not so good, and no one ever mourned their way to victory. Tragedy does help suppress the ‘backlash,’ though.
Democrat POTUS Bill Clinton and his AG Janet Reno kill 20 plus Children in Waco and it isn’t a story because the Victims were Religious Zealots.
Another Democrat kills 17 People in Florida and it’s the current Republican President’s fault (and the NRA of course).
The TV series was written, directed and produced by the Dowdle Brothers.
I was friends with both John and Drew.
Great guys and I am happy to see their continued success.
It is awesome witnessing someone you know chase a big dream and pull it off.
Fairly long documentary about this. Has talk and analysis of the FLIR videos.
That day was a satanic holiday and its preferred sacrifice was killing by fire.
Hillary ordered Janet Reno to do it on that day.
Hillary likes to sacrifice people.
They killed the children. ..
“Oops! Sorry about that...”
No one is doing a story on the men there, who executed so many innocents...
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