Thankless jobs

I had to write. It’s sad our law enforcement is lambasted for doing its job.

There are three professions that are thankless. They are preachers, cops and firemen. They’re wrong if they do and wrong if they don’t.

The Davidians were breaking the law. That’s been proved.

It’s a sick world when law breakers are praised and the law enforcement lambasted.

I think 6.6 million plus showed they care, did they? Seventeen children are dead.

The children had no choice. The Davidians wouldn’t let them come out, would they? The Davidians set the fire, didn’t they?

Frances Bethards


Investigate DHS

With everyone trying to rationalize the deaths of 17 children at the Mount Carmel compound, I hear people blaming the FBI, ATF and David Koresh. Why aren’t we blaming the Texas Department of Human Services?

DHS and Child Protective Services had the opportunity a year ago to get those children out. ATF affidavits show DHS personnel quoting a child who wanted to grow up so he could carry a long gun like all the other adults at the compound. This same DHS employee was told by David Koresh that when he revealed himself, the L.A. riots would pale in comparison.

A few days later, I read an article in the Tribune-Herald where DHS personnel stated being it for looking out the window and being forced to sit upside down in a chair for hours may or may not be considered abuse.

For years, DHS has held power over the heads of the citizens of this state. (We’re big, powerful. Mess with us and we can take your children.)

I would urge everyone to call their state legislators and ask for an investigation of the Texas Department of Human Services.

Brenda Franklin


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.