Two more victims of the inferno that leveled the Mount Carmel compound were indentified late Friday, and a McLennan County justice of the peace refuted reports that investigators may be closing in on identifying cult leader Vernon Howell’s body.
May 1, 1993
May 2, 1993
The moment was pure Vernon Howell — an unlikely combination of sincerity and arrogance that would come to define his bewildering life.
May 3, 1993
Cult leader Vernon Howell died from a gunshot wound between the eyes before the fiery destruction of the Branch Davidian compound, officials said Sunday.
May 4, 1993
Vernon Howell is dead and Satellite City gone, but Waco will be remembered Wednesday when FBI Director William Sessions visits here.
May 5, 1993
Authorities removed what is believed to be the body of Peter Gent on Tuesday from the Branch Davidian compound.
May 6, 1993
As talk heats up in Washington that he is about to lose his job, beleaguered FBI Director William Sessions Wednesday admitted his future may hinge on how his superiors and the American people view the Bureau’s handling of the Mount Carmel disaster.
May 7, 1993
A traumatic chapter in the lives of dozens of federal agents could close this weekend when they return to the burned-out compound where they engaged in a deadly shootout with members of Vernon Howell’s religious sect.
May 8, 1993
A group of Waco residents is raising money for a scholarship fund in memory of the four federal agents who died in the Feb. 28 Mount Carmel shootout.
May 9, 1993
May 11, 1993
Medical examiners have identified the remains of about 20 more Branch Davidians, some of whom may have been children and high-ranking members of the cult.
May 12, 1993
Steve Schneider, top lieutenant to doomsday cult leader Vernon Howell, died from smoke inhalation and possibly a gunshot wound to the head, officials announced Tuesday.
May 13, 1993
McLennan County officials, who have worried about trespassers at the Mount Carmel property once federal agents leave town, have found themselves in curious agreement with an unlikely ally — a cult defense attorney.
May 14, 1993
FORT WORTH — He has tried ventilation, and he has tried deodorant, but Dr. Nizam Peerwani cannot rid his office of the smell of death.
May 15, 1993
There may be nothing left but ashes, but sightseers are driving by the Branch Davidian compound remains on Double EE Ranch Road to gaze at the site.
May 16, 1993
Vernon Howell’s pride and joy, a 1968 black Chevrolet Camaro, could become a collector’s item worth as much as $30,000 to $40,000.
May 18, 1993
As fire raged April 19, Mount Carmel collapsed into a nightmare of gunfire, explosions and suffocating smoke, according to reports from various sources Monday.
May 19, 1993
McLennan County District Court Judge Bill Logue denied a motion Tuesday to give Branch Davidian cult member Sheila Martin temporary custody of her children — saying the request is a bit premature.
May 20, 1993
The New Zealand family members of one Branch Davidian identified late Wednesday said the remains will probably be cremated and sent home.
May 21, 1993
WASHINGTON — Federal agents who died in the Feb. 28 gunbattle with cult leader Vernon Howell and his followers were eulogized in an emotional memorial services Thursday as courageous men who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
May 22, 1993
Texas Water Commission crew members tested the water and grounds of Mount Carmel on Friday morning to determine if hazardous materials exist, an official with the agency said.
May 23, 1993
May 24, 1993
People depicted in a television movie about the Branch Davidians and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms raid of their compound found plenty to dispute in the film aired on NBC Sunday night.
May 25, 1993
A Branch Davidian whose hands were severely burned in the fire that engulfed Mount Carmel will find out today whether he must stay in jail.
May 26, 1993
Judge Bill Logue Tuesday granted a temporary injunction barring trespassing at Mount Carmel, where charred remains are still under quarantine by the Texas Department of Health.
May 27, 1993
May 28, 1993
HOUSTON — In a conversation recorded a month into the 51-day standoff near Waco, Branch Davidian leader Vernon Howell defended his actions during the Feb. 28 shootout with agents of the bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
May 29, 1993
May 30, 1993
When law enforcement officials sifted through the ruins of a fire-ravaged Mount Carmel, they came away with fragments of two lifestyles.
May 31, 1993
- Cultist agrees to testify: Agreement lets woman go from prison to halfway house
- When no one knows: Authorities may use DNA testing to identify remains of cult members
- Local writers wrap up book on Howell sect
- Task force seeks to boost city’s image: In aftermath of Branch Davidian standoff, Waco looks for new ways to improve perceptions
- Making a better image — Group: City should build on good will
- Tests to identify bodies costly: Local officials ask for federal help to pay for DNA procedures
- Official says ATF blew it: House investigator says planners should have aborted raid because cult knew it was coming
- Custody tied to ‘reality’: Davidian parents must satisfy state that kids will be safe
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.
A tape of a call from Mount Carmel to 9-1-1 reveals that a lieutenant for the McLennan County Sheriff’s Department played a pivotal role in establishing a cease-fire during the Feb. 28 raid.
WASHINGTON — Federal lawmen in charge of a raid on the Branch Davidian cult near Waco went ahead with the ill-fated operation despite learning at the last minute that Vernon Howell and his followers had abruptly changed their morning activities.
- ATF departs with signs of gratitude: Agents place billboard messages to thank Waco for kindness, support
- Standoff cost ATF $4.6 million: Raid and pre-raid probe not included in tally
- ATF aid exceeds $11,000
- State pares quarantined area: Reduction will allow cult members to bury dead at compound cemetery
- More Davidian expenses to divvy up: Site may soon be ready for removal of toxins
- Committee: 9-1-1- tapes were altered — Not clear who edited talks between cult, deputy sheriff
- City leaders try to recoup costs: Tally for resources used during standoff exceeds $143,000
- Cultist asks for freedom
- Waco fits easily into wacko headlines
- Cult member released to Waco halfway house
- Attorney expects INS to detain cult member
Former Branch Davidians gave the government renewed warnings about a possible suicide by the cult days before the April 19 fire that destroyed Mount Carmel, the Tribune-Herald has learned.
The whipping room, war games, a limited diet and cold baths were all part of the lifestyle of the Branch Davidian children released from Mount Carmel, caretakers said Friday.
Authorities chose to work out a cease-fire with Branch Davidian Wayne Martin rather than cult leader Vernon Howell after the failed Feb. 28 raid by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, a tape released Tuesday shows.
- Cult mail 2 months past due: Bellmead postal branch still receives up to 6 letters daily
- Cultist seeks jail release: Man not involved in shootout, standoff wants freedom until trial
- Justices seek storage for unidentified bodies
- Pair refutes reports of child abuse: Howell followers say young had normal upbringing at Branch Davidian compound
- ATF scholarship fund a gift from residents
- U.S. pay for cult remains’ costs: Federal government to cover fees for storage, DNA identification
- Cult looters to face fence: New structure going up this week while old water tower comes down for scrap metal
- Compound road to close temporarily: Double E Ranch gateposts to be repaired beginning Tuesday
Attorneys have filed pretrial motions citing diminished capacity for many of the Branch Davidians facing criminal charges resulting from the government’s failed raid on their compound.
As the motorcade of cars and motorcycles carrying Branch Davidians and some 150 of their supporters made its way down the dirt road leading to the grounds of Mount Carmel, the scene resembled a funeral procession.
- Decimated compound draws crowds anyway: ‘This is going to be like Graceland,’ shirt merchant says
- Commissioners vote to box compound road: Double EE Ranch to close for repairs and to reduce sightseers
- Feds try getting TV’s view: Prosecutors interview Channel 10 journalists about Mount Carmel
- Expert on cults charged: Deprogrammer accused of unlawfully imprisoning man
- Cult lawyers hail verdict from Idaho: Attorneys hope case sets precedent for curbs on police
- Officials to test for TB
- When crews move in, sightseers will be out
- ATF to keep Waco office during cult investigation
Autopsy reports released Tuesday show that three of the five Branch Davidians who died in the raid on Mount Carmel were shot at point-blank range.
- Cultist autopsy on hold: JP says questions about death of Howell’s father-in-law
- Cultist held as witness faces criminal charges
- ATF’s bullets at issue: Hollow points prohibited in war, but standard for police
- Area cities to join cooperative forces: Community effort to work together emerges from Branch Davidian shootout
- Howell’s former shop burglarized: Break-in may have been the work of souvenir hunters
- ATF agent wants KWTX in lawsuit
- Looking for Davidians’ relatives: County wants blood samples to do DNA comparisons
- Ordinance studied to cut traffic: Double EE road and 2491 will remain closed for now
- Wife of former Branch Davidian leader Roden in jail
Waco attorney Gary Coker watched baffled as his efforts to intercede in the first days of the standoff between the Branch Davidians and authorities were rebuffed.
A third tape released on the Mount Carmel raid shows that the Branch Davidians defiantly refused offers of medical help, while authorities tried to maneuver cult member Wayne Martin into a leadership position.
United by common problems and demands, more than 50 elected and other officials from McLennan County and several cities came together Thursday to trade ideas and join forces in search of solutions —and opportunities.
- 12 Davidians charged in new indictment
- Federal funds to cover cult IDs
- Quarantine extended
- ATF scholarship fund raiser
- KWTX-TV gets 1st Emmy nominations
- Double EE to reopen by Aug. 23: Road will sport warning signs, possible 40 mph speed limit
- FBI, Rangers won’t say if transcript Howell’s work on Seven Seals
- Cult member ordered held
- Cult chronicles coming to Waco: Baylor, city compiling items, information for Branch Davidian archives
Three days before the lives of 200 people rested on their shoulders, McLennan County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Larry Lynch and Branch Davidian cult member Wayne Martin bumped into each other by chance.
A flickering TV image attracted Mary Bush of Waco to Kathryn Schroeder.
- Compound road open after repairs
- Davidians seek permission to sell cult-owned property
- Howell sought to stop blaze, FBI agent says: Spokesman claims cult leader wanted to burn agents, too
- Cameraman confirms pre-raid talk: But discussion with cultist wasn’t Howell’s tip-off, attorney says
- Davidians to be tried together: November 8 start date catches at least one attorney off guard
Vernon Howell’s legacy includes four children by three women other than his legal wife, Rachel, according to a Waco attorney investigating the cult leader’s heirs.
An FBI agent’s statement that Vernon Howell ordered the Davidian compound at Mount Carmel torched distorts conversations apparently picked up by government surveillance equipment, attorney Dick DeGuerin said Thursday.