Let God be judge

I am weeping, sometimes uncontrollably. The hopeful end that began the morning of April 19 turned in to the nightmare Mr. Howell planned all along.

Stop throwing blame. The FBI, ATF and all other agencies did their best to end this without death. Mr. Howell caused the deaths of all those 90 people.

Howell has done nothing but lie and deceive everyone. His followers believed his lies, giving him their lives, their money, their wives and daughters and their dignity.

The humiliation of being discovered moved him to destroy them all.

He did everything for selfish gain, twisting God’s word to suit his selfish desires. This tragedy should send us straight to God’s word. We can never take one man’s word as truth.

We must compare any teachings to God’s word which is truth (Hebrews 4:12, Matthew 24:45-11).

Mr. Howell left his family and the remnants of his followers to suffer his embarrassment and punishment.

My prayers are with the survivors of this tragedy. And please, let God be the judge of every man.

Tina Lundy

Lorena

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.