- Authorities describe their first face-to-face meeting with Branch Davidian representatives in an effort to end¬¬¬¬¬¬ their standoff as "symbolic," and not necessarily a breakthrough.
- The attorneys for two women who left the Mount Carmel compound two weeks ago say their clients have declined to comply with federal authorities’ request to diagram the inside of the compound, for fear the information could bring harm to those still inside.
- Despite the heavy presence of federal agents and news media in Waco for the Branch Davidian siege, no groups with longstanding plans to meet in Waco have canceled plans to come here, the city’s top convention official says.
’48 Hours’ profile
Robyn Bunds, a 23-year-old California resident and one of the Tribune-Herald’s major sources in “The Sinful Messiah” series on the Mount Carmel cult, will appear on “48 Hours.”
The show will begin at 9 pm. On local CBS affiliate KWTX-TV, Channel 10.
Bunds has told the Tribune-Herald that she is one of Vernon Howell’s many wives and that she has had his son, now named Shaun. Howell also goes by the name David Koresh.
Steve Allen on cults
LOS ANGELES – Entertainer Steve Allen closely monitors the cult standoff in Texas because he knows firsthand about the dangers of religious zealots. One of his sons was under the spell of such a leader for years.
“Dear Dad, I have joined the church of Armageddon here in Seattle. We are a church and a family. Our only book is the Holy Bible, King James version,” Brian Allen wrote his famous father back in the 1970s.
Allen’s son left the cult 11 years later, saying he had wasted 11 years of his life.
Allen, who wrote the 1982 book Beloved Son: A Story of the Jesus Cults, said there is nothing wrong with a new religion. But he cautioned: “If they believe things that are totally irrational and socially harmful, then it’s a damn serious problem.”