Category: Branch Davidians

Branch Davidians, 20 Years Later

Twenty years ago today, on February 28, 1993, U.S. federal agents attempted to serve a search warrant on the Branch Davidians — a religious sect that lived in a community just east of Waco, Texas. They also tried to arrest the group’s leader, David Koresh.

After a 51-day siege the ill-advised operation ended in tragedy when 76 Davidians, including 21 children, died in an inferno.

Former ATF agent has come to terms with tragic Branch Davidians siege fiasco

Waco Branch Davidians siege Robert Rodriguez has accepted that he’ll forever be linked with the ATF’s ill-fated raid of the Branch Davidian compound, but he rarely talks about the events that led to one of the biggest calamities in U.S. law enforcement history.

That’s perfectly understandable. Four ATF agents were killed and 20 were wounded on Feb. 28, 1993, when the ATF tried to serve a federal warrant to search the Branch Davidian compound for illegal firearms. Six members of the religious sect were killed or wounded.

Mother of cult leader David Koresh fatally stabbed; sister held

David Koresh The mother of infamous Branch Davidian leader David Koresh was stabbed to death and her sister was in custody Saturday charged with her slaying, authorities said.

Authorities say they do not yet know what happened.

Halderman wrote an autobiography, published in 2007, called “Memories of the Branch Davidians: The Autobiography of David Koresh’s Mother,” that described how her son, Vernon Howell, became David Koresh.

University To Create Online Exhibit On Branch Davidian Siege

Waco Branch Davidians siege The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University in San Marcos has received a $20,000 grant to create an online exhibit about the 1993 shootout and standoff at the Branch Davidian compound outside of Waco.

The exhibit will be created based on the primary source materials journalist Dick J. Reavis, collected while writing “The Ashes of Waco,” which was published in 1995.