Need our thanks

I wanted to thank the many police officers, ATF, FBI, DPS and sheriff’s department personnel from around the United States who have come to Waco to help us in the past month.

I also would like to thank all of the many volunteers who have spent their time providing food, their homes, etc. to help these people and the many businesses and people who have donated food.

I think the critics of the Mount Carmel situation have lost sight of the fact that this is a very dangerous situation. David Koresh is a criminal and nothing more or less. The people involved in the raid on Feb. 28 were doing more than their jobs. Agents were wounded or killed protecting the citizens of the United States. Any criticism of this raid is totally unwarranted.

It seems that these officers need our thanks, not our criticism. And to their families, I also want to thank them for allowing a member of their family to place themselves in danger to help those in need on a daily basis.

John H. Lovelace Jr.

Waco

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.