Ignorant of Bible

If Dick DeGuerin was waiting for Vernon Howell’s explanation of the Seven Seals, he is ignorant of the Bible and its teachings.

Only the second coming of Christ will reveal the mysteries that John saw on the Island of Patmos concerning the Seven Seals.

Sybil Bryant


Most patient

I’m so sick of hearing how wrong our FBI and ATF officers were with the handling of Vernon Howell and his followers.

The nut (Howell) and the people were warned. Those who got out, if they believe he (Howell) was so right, why didn’t they stay with him and die also?

I praise President Clinton, Janet Reno, FBI and ATF. They were more than patient with Howell and the others.

Nell Ledbetter


Now or later

The following hypothetical scenario assumed that (1) David Koresh had no intention of ever submitting himself to the justice system, and (2) upon his instruction, the fire was intentionally ignited from inside the compound.

Let’s suppose that the authorities took no action on April 19, and that we are now in day 50-something of the standoff. The feds decide to wait him out (as a large number of critics have suggested they should have) — say, six weeks, six months or even a year or more.

Eventually Koresh runs out of food and supplies, and he must make a decision to surrender or not. Given the above assumptions, I suggest that he would then do exactly what he did on April 19.

I further suggest that the same number of critics would then say, “Those worthless federal authorities. Why did they wait so long? Why didn’t they try to do something?”

Martin D.V. Floyd


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.