A compound built to be heaven on earth turned into a funeral pyre Monday, with more than 80 Branch Davidians feared dead from a fire they apparently set. Read more
The 51-day standoff between Branch Davidians barricaded inside their Mount Carmel compound and federal agents resolved in flames today. Read more
April 21, 1993
Investigators sifting through the ruins of Mount Carmel found evidence that suggests some of cult leader Vernon Howell’s followers may have died from causes other than fire.
April 22, 1993
Forensic experts began their grim task Wednesday of sifting through what’s left of the Mount Carmel compound, while one survivor of the disaster began her trip through the federal criminal justice system.
April 23, 1993
The medical examiner in charge of sifting through the ruins of the Mount Carmel complex refuted claims Thursday by federal authorities that bullet wounds were found in some bodies.
April 24, 1993
Events prior to the Feb. 28 raid on Mount Carmel suggest that Vernon Howell and his followers may have been expecting an assault by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for months.
April 25, 1993
Two of six Branch Davidians autopsied so far died of gunshot wounds to the head, Tarrant County chief medical examiner Dr. Nizam Peerwani told reporters Saturday.
April 26, 1993
David Michael Jones, brother-in-law of Branch Davidian leader Vernon Howell, is the first victim of last Monday’s fire at Mount Carmel to be identified.
April 27, 1993
A Houston Fire Department official Monday branded the fire that destroyed Mount Carmel as arson, saying it started in “at least two locations.”
April 28, 1993
April 29, 1993
A third victim of the Mount Carmel fire was identified Wednesday as James Loyle Riddle Jr., 32, a longtime follower of cult leader Vernon Howell.
April 30, 1993
The small cement bunker which now is the last standing remnant of the sprawling Mount Carmel compound more and more appears to be where Vernon Howell’s Branch Davidians made their horrific last stand.