Mail continues to trickle in for the Branch Davidians and cult leader Vernon Howell two months after the deadly fire that destroyed their compound and killed more than 80 people.

“They still get five or six letters a day,” said Bobby Tomme, station manager for the Bellmead branch of the U.S. Postal Service.

Throughout the 51-day siege and for another two weeks after it ended April 19, the Bellmead station received between 40 to 50 pieces of mail a day addressed to either the compound or Howell, also known as David Koresh

“We thought it was kind of strange that we received so much mail,” Tomme said. “It seemed like people were writing letters just to be writing.”

“We got a lot of letters addressed to David Koresh and to the compound during the raid, but that’s pretty much slowed down to the normal load for any house in the area,” Tomme said.

Almost as soon as agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms raided the Branch Davidian compound at Mount Carmel on Feb. 28, the flood of letters began to arrive at the post office.

“We didn’t know what we were going to do with the mail,” Tomme said. “I figured if we ever delivered it, we would be delivering it to the jail. So, I just bundled it up each day and put it into my safe and waited.”

Tomme said the letters seemed to come from everywhere, with some having artwork on the envelopes.

“After a while, I didn’t even pay attention to it because there was so much,” Tomme said. “Every day you’d just have to bundle it up and keep it in the safe.”

About two weeks after the siege ended, the letters received by the post office for those who died were either returned to their senders or sent to an office in Atlanta, Ga., for letters without return addresses, Tomme said.

The Atlanta office tries to determine who sent the parcels so they can be returned.

Read the Tribune-Herald's 7-part investigative series on the inner workings of the Branch Davidians. Hours after Part 2 appeared in print, the ATF raided the group's compound.

Read the Tribune-Herald’s account of the ATF raid on the Branch Davidian compound on Feb. 28, 1993. Four ATF agents and six in the compound were killed in the gunfight.

Read the daily news accounts of the 51-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound near Elk, which began Feb. 28 and lasted until April.

April 19 and beyond: FBI agents began inserting canisters of tear gas into the Branch Davidian compound in the early morning hours. By noon, it was on fire.

Federal officials left the compound site in late May 1993. As identifications of bodies continued, questions about the survivors, the compound and the cult itself began to emerge.

As the world began to take a critical look back at the events and legal proceedings continue, the ATF's bombshell report forces a shakeup at the top after the raid gone "tragically wrong."

In 1994, the surviving Davidians went on trial in San Antonio. Over six weeks, more than 140 witnesses testified, with the verdict coming just two days prior to the anniversary of the ATF raid.

The Rodenville shootout and the 1988 trial, the end of the world in 1959 and more stories from deep in the Trib archives.