Many people believe that david koresh (or the branch davidians) were responsible for the deaths of the 74 men, women and children who died in the inferno at waco on april 19, 1993 this is the story that the fbi put out it is a lie the guns they had were legal the local sheriff investigated and found no basis for. The story of the bangor native who survived the siege and assault on the branch davidian compound in waco, texas in april 1993 will be told in a new six- episode seventy-six people died in the raid, including branch davidian leader david koresh, who had been suspected of sexual abuse of minors. Waco, texas — they gave him their daughters and wives, ate only popcorn and nuts for days on end, and they parted with him only as the flames consumed on monday, after the sprawling wooden compound was engulfed in flames, one woman with her clothes ablaze resisted a rescuer and tried to. The 51-day siege of david koresh's branch davidian compound in waco, tex, ended yesterday when fbi agents injected tear gas into the buildings and koresh followers apparently set the compound on fire dozens of cult members died in the blaze the final hours (central daylight time. Story highlights a handful of branch davidians will gather tuesday to mark the fiery end to 1993 waco siege sheila martin and clive doyle still believe in the message of their messiah, david koresh martin lost husband, 4 of 7 children in fire koresh slept with doyle's teenaged daughter martin sees.
As a precursor to the two-part a&e documentary 'waco: madman or messiah,' premiering on january 28th, we examine cult leader david koresh, his the raid proceeded in spite of the fact that the religious sect knew about it in advance four agents and six branch davidians died in the gun battle that. Upon examination, the evidence gathered under the supervision of federal officials appeared to contradict the fbi's congressional testimony, raising serious and disturbing questions about events surrounding the siege at mt carmel and the deaths of the davidians gene cullensince 1993, former members of the fbi,.
At least 10 people appeared to have died in the original raid, and the fbi calculates that 86 cult members died in monday's inferno, which the from the compound, said the fire was started by kerosene lamps that were knocked over by the government agents' battering rams, setting bales of hay ablaze. For clive doyle, the new mini-series about the branch davidians, 'waco,' isn't just tv drama—it's personal and for doyle, the story is personal that spring— after the raid, the siege, the subsequent blaze in which his own daughter died— was because he felt a duty to explain what happened to people.
The real story behind the waco siege: who were david koresh and the branch davidians only nine people inside survived critics called what happened a the fbi claims the people inside the complex deliberately started the flames, while the branch davidians argue the fbi was behind the blaze.
Twenty years ago, 76 followers of a sex-crazed religious cult leader, among them australians, died in a fiery siege  candace sutton newscomau april 18, 20136:42pm the waco massacre on the texan ranch of a religious cult in 1993 was the end result of a 50-day siege in which 76 men, women and children. The subject is still considered taboo within the agency, sources told police a 50-day standoff followed the failed raid on april 19, the fbi's hostage rescue team stormed the branch davidian compound, which burned to the ground in a fire seventy-six people, including sect leader david koresh, died.
The story is back on our television screens now, this time as a six-part miniseries called waco it's largely based on the accounts of two men who were there: gary noesner, a retired fbi chief hostage negotiator, and david thibodeau, one of the few people who survived the siege branch davidian leader.
Within a few hours all that remained, aside from smoldering ashes, were questions: was the blaze set on the orders of koresh, 33, who had once claimed to tanks on loan to the fbi ripped holes in compound buildings and pumped in tear gas hoping to force cult members to give up after a 51-day siege.
Their plan backfired, however, when an out-of-control blaze, likely started by the branch davidians themselves, burned the complex down and claimed at least 75 lives, including those of 25 children on the 20th anniversary of this tragic siege, take a look at where the key players are now 1 david koresh.