The Waco Tribune-Herald published a seven-part series on the inner workings of the Branch Davidian cult near Elk, the culmination of a nine-month investigation that included allegations of child abuse, among other startling revelations. The first part of the series published Feb. 27, 1993, with Part Two appearing in on Feb. 28, 1993. Hours after Part Two appeared in print, the ATF raided the compound. Following the events of the deadly raid, the Tribune-Herald published the remaining parts of the series in a single issue, March 1.
Tribune-Herald editors Bob Lott, Barbara Elmore and reporter Darlene McCormick recount the events leading up to "The Sinful Messiah" and the ATF raid. Produced by Chris Oliver.
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.
Tribune-Herald staffers Tommy Witherspoon and Rod Aydelotte return to the rural roadside where they spent two and a half hours ducking for cover. Produced by Chris Oliver.