1987: 'We’re hoping to get back home'

1987: The Shooting

George Roden: After the trial

Attempted murder charges were dismissed Friday against the leader of a religious group in a November 1987 shootout with self-proclaimed messiah George Roden.

George Roden, a religious dogmatist who has spent the last nine months in McLennan County Jail, was released at 8:40 a.m. Monday.

A Waco judge has set a trial date for March 20 in a civil suit filed by George Roden against members of the Branch Davidian Seventh-day Adventists to determine ownership of 77 acres near Elk.

A Waco judge on Friday threw out a civil lawsuit filed by George Roden against members of the Branch Davidian Seventh-day Adventists in a dispute over the leadership of the group and ownership of a religious encampment near Elk.

A 38-year-old Waco man convicted by a federal jury of being a felon in possession of a firearm said he carried a gun because he feared harm from a religious sect feuding with self-proclaimed prophet George Roden.

George Roden, former leader of the Branch Davidians who in 1987 had a shootout with rival prophet Vernon Howell, has walked away from the Big Spring State Hospital, Big Spring police said Thursday.

ODESSA, Texas — A former Branch Davidian leader poses a threat to society and must remain in a state mental hospital, an Ector County judge has ruled.

1981: Lois Roden profile

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.    

Letters to the editor expressed a wide range of opinions in 1993 on the ATF, guns, Christianity and more.

Political cartoons skewering the FBI, Davidians, NRA and others.

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.