How Waco reacted

"What is the matter with our local sheriff’s office in handling matters like in this Branch Davidian compound? A precinct constable could have served a summons on Koresh to appear."

"Could this have been prevented if some action had been taken over a year ago when complaints were filed locally against David Koresh? Why did it take so long before any results?"

"As a mainstream Davidian who does not condone and is not affiliated with David Koresh’s actions, I think that this scenario at Elk could have been resolved peaceably if family members and related religious organizations had been involved in the negotiations."

"As a Christian I have a really hard time dealing with this situation. First, I feel it is in very bad taste for people to sell these T-shirts after such devastation."

"Stop throwing blame. The FBI, ATF and all other agencies did their best to end this without death. Mr. Howell caused the deaths of all those 90 people."

"The millions of good things that deeply religious people do go untold because it does not sell papers. Religious fanatics, on the other hand, get plenty of coverage because sensationalism increases sales and viewer participation."

"Everyone who has put the ATF and FBI down should be ashamed. They are only trying to save the little children who are in there. If not for them I feel they would blow that place to Hades."

"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."

"Perhaps the media members have a hearing problem or they are so self-involved that little attention is given to what is being said. Perhaps if the agents were allowed to do their job without interference, the human parasite known as Vernon Howell could be subdued. Thank you, agents of the ATF and FBI, for being here when you are needed."

"It seems that these officers need our thanks, not our criticism. And to their families, I also want to thank them for allowing a member of their family to place themselves in danger to help those in need on a daily basis."

"The bad news is, the nuts are still holed up east of Waco. The good news is that all Americans and most of the civilized world know where Waco is and how to pronounce our name."

From the Trib

Rowland Nethaway

Read the Tribune-Herald's 7-part investigative series on the inner workings of the Branch Davidians. Hours after Part Two 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.

Read the accounts of 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.

Coming Soon

The aftermath: Federal investigations, trials and stories from those who left the compound and the families left to grieve. Plus, historical accounts of the Branch Davidians dating back to their 1959 end-of-the-world gathering in Waco, subsequent splintering and fights for property, ending in the 1987 shootout and 1988 trial of eight Davidians including Vernon Howell, later known as David Koresh.

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