Let him think

If David Koresh is going to sit back and think about things, the ATF and FBI should remove all the ambulances, all the barricades, all the command posts, all the helicopters, all the hundreds of police officers surrounding the compound and the line up of all Army tanks in front of the compound with about 10 funeral hearses in the background and let David Koresh sit back and think about that.

James Pack


Waco’s at fault

I believe Waco is at fault for the tragedy of the lives of four federal officers and many of the cult members’ lives at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco.

The information that was announced by the media proved that the local authorities were warned repeatedly that the cult was building an arsenal of weapons. The Tribune-Herald released a story about the alleged Messiah, David Koresh, a day before the shooting began. I believe Waco wanted some publicity. The local authorities knew Koresh had gun power and obviously were ready for any type of action.

The action applied to arrest Koresh took many lives. They could have gone about the raid a different way. Why didn’t the authorities try to arrest Koresh away from the compound or away from his people?

I don’t think the local authorities needed the news media and people around when this raid took place. It is just a shame about the people who were taken or injured in this ridiculous event.

Cindy Bruton


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.