As a proud member of the Waco community it is embarrassing to me how many non-Christian attitudes are abound here. For instance:

Christians do not condemn people unless they are seated in a jury box called upon to do so, even if someone deserves it. (David Koresh.)

Christians understand that the rectitude attached to criminal justice lies foremost in exoneration. We do not wish guilt on people. (Deeb trial, Lake Waco murders.)

Christians know that weaponry does not inanimately mold immortality. If so, it would behoove us to disarm out national forces, our police and our neighborhood sentinels. (Anti-gun laws.)

Christians do not condone or promote unnatural acts denounced in the Bible. We pray for the afflicted and offer counsel. (Gays-lesbians.)

Christians do not judge people according to the nature of their occupation. We respect a person’s ablity to excel at a legitimate task. (Dick DeGuerin, attorney for Deeb and Koresh.)

Let’s understand that legal representation does not uphold injustice. Remember, no criminal attorney has ever rendered a verdict on behalf of his client. We the people do that for him. And if we err, so be it. No one gets past the Supreme Judge of right and wrong.

Webb Norfleet



Each day, the letter writers become more moronic and biased to discredit the members of Mount Carmel and slander their persons but to praise the ATF’s and FBI’s actions.

The rumor machine works overtime cranking out bogus allegations of sexual child abuse, unfounded and officially disputed by the child protection agency: rumors of a doomsday mentality, half-truths — you name it — apparently every possible means to brainwash the public that the authorities’ actions justified their means.

Political cover-ups and rumor-mongering are nothing new for Waco and this Bible-belt area.

It sorely reminds me of a sign at the entry of the old Park Drug Store at Fifth Street and Herring Avenue in the ‘40s through the ‘60s. It read:

“Beware — Waco is a cotton-picking town. Watch out for the nitpickers, thieves, liars and brother-in-law poker players.”

Jacob Shadwick


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.