Wake-up call

In response of J.D. Emery’s “Why DeGuerin?” [Letters, April 11], I’m appalled at his attitude. What happened to our freedom of religion, speech, right to bear arms, freedom of the press?

I’m outraged our government has once again put its ironclad grip on our freedoms. Wake up, folks. It could be your church and home next. I’ve watched the daily briefings and lost track of the contradictions made by the ATF and FBI. This tells me it’s a wake-up call, folks.

Cheryl K. Mead


No mention

Well, it appears you shot yourself in the foot by ignoring an interesting and very worthwhile happening on April 8.

A group of citizens cooked up a lot of good food and took it to the authorities east of Waco and fed some 350 to 400 people. County Commissioner Ray Meadows made the arrangements and it was very well accepted. Several of the people complimented the Waco citizens for their generosity.

I was told that your paper was notified, but have been unable to find any mention of it in today’s paper [April 9].

Maybe it was not violent and sensational enough to print.

Leonard Farley


[Although someone at the newspaper may have been notified, the assignments editor says he was not told about the event. Had he known, the event would have been considered for coverage along with other events occurring at the same time. The Tribune-Herald has published several stories about people volunteering to feed the authorities and the news media covering the standoff at Mount Carmel. While neither violent nor sensational, we felt they were worthy of coverage because they help to present a well-rounded picture of our community. –Ed.]

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.