Fulfilling lust

The foolishness of Vernon Howell replenishing the earth with his seed was a fabrication to fulfill his own lustful desires.

If his surviving faithful followers can’t see that now in the aftermath they are blind because they want to be.

Surely, if what he proclaimed to them about being God’s will for the earth to be replenished with his seed, he would have seen that his seed was saved by releasing the children.

Linda J. Plott


Taken in

As a committee of one I nominate Dick DeGuerin for an Oscar award for his performance with Diane Sawyer on the episode of “Prime Time” shown April 22.

DeGuerin’s tears were shed probably for his loss of income due to the apparent death of David Koresh. Everybody in Waco should send DeGuerin a box of Kleenex to wipe the egg off his face because he was taken in by Koresh. In order to save face, DeGuerin is blaming everybody except the real culprit, Koresh.

DeGuerin must have long-range X-ray vision since he claims to have known while in a Houston courtroom what was going on in the compound in Waco on the day of the fire. I can’t believe that and hope no one else believes this tall tale.

In the future I would suggest that DeGuerin put his brain in gear before putting his mouth in motion. Perhaps he should move to California and become an actor instead of staying in Texas and trying to be a lawyer.

Tom Merritt


Ignore Brit

I’ll be the first to admit that you guys who have to find a way to fill up a newspaper every day have a tough row to hoe. Yet, sometimes you reach a step above unbelievable.

You’re almost in hysterics because some limey comes over here and starts mourning a dead horse.

What the heck. I had an uncle who was fond of goats. But do you know what we did? Well, we didn’t mention him in polite conversation and we avoided him like the plague.

It worked, too. You ought to try it.

Robert D. Abel Jr.


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.