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Federal agents will return to Waco today to look over the site that was once the Branch Davidian compound, authorities say.

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Branch Davidians apparently fired a host of automatic weapons in repelling government agents, according to a list of the weapons recovered from the ruins of Mount Carmel.

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A Texas Water Commission spokesman said Friday that initial soil testing appears to rule out environmental contamination at Mount Carmel.

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June 1993

During a frantic 9-1-1 call, cult member Wayne Martin claimed government forces fired the first shots in the raid on Mount Carmel, according to a tape played before a congressional committee Wednesday.

JULY 1993

AUGUST 1993

More Evidence

A log kept by undercover ATF agents before the ill-fated raid on Mount Carmel shows the agents believed the Branch Davidians were suspicious of them from the start of their surveillance from a house across the street from the compound.

The Future

The Burials

The Site

25 Years Later

For many locals, the fire that incinerated the Branch Davidian compound near Elk on April 19, 1993, is unforgettable, much like 9/11, Neil Armstrong walking on the moon or the JFK assassination. The Tribune-Herald asked some McLennan County residents where they were and what they were doing … Read more

In the 25 years since that morning in 1993, the public has been bombarded with different versions of the raid, which resulted in the deaths of four ATF agents and six Davidians. Here, the Tribune-Herald tells its story of how the story overtook the storytellers.    

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.