Wrong rights

I am infuriated at the front-page article [“Questioning Rights,” March 12] stating that some believe Vernon Howell’s rights have been violated.

In my opinion, Howell gave up all inalienable rights when he ordered people to stockpile firearms, ordered the murder of four Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents and declared himself a messiah.

I am appalled that anyone has the audacity to suggest Howell’s rights are being violated — who represented the four agents murdered?”

Susan Hawkins

China Spring

What’d be news?

I was wondering, if the feds hadn’t done what they did Feb. 28, what would the news be today?

Tom Kilbride


Weapons claims

David Koresh and his followers commit crimes with guns and the media blame the National Rifle Association.

Kenneth Allen McDuff, sentenced to die, is freed to kill again, but the media do not blame the American Civil Liberties Union, liberal lawyers and judges.

Just another one of those things that makes you go, “hmmmm.”

K.N. Hunter


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.