April 19, 1993: 30 years since the Waco siege ended | What went wrong? Who was responsible?
Revisiting the tragic events of the tragic 1993 Waco siege, assessing the lessons learned and answering those lingering questions.
Three decades ago to the day, the Waco siege came to a tragic end. It shares its gruesome anniversary with another horrific event, that of the Oklahoma City bombing, but what do we remember about what happened in the Texas city also known for the birthplace of Dr Pepper, the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.
What happened in the Waco siege?
The siege occurred in 1993 when the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) attempted to execute a search warrant at the Mount Carmel Center ranch, which was the home of a religious group known as the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas. The ATF believed that the group was stockpiling weapons and explosives, and they hoped to arrest their leader, David Koresh, on charges of illegal possession of firearms.
However, the raid quickly turned into a shootout between the ATF and the Branch Davidians, leaving several people dead on both sides. After a 51-day standoff, the FBI launched a tear gas attack on the compound in an attempt to force the Branch Davidians to surrender. However, the compound caught fire, killing 76 people, including Koresh and 25 children.
The Waco siege was highly controversial and sparked debates about the use of force by law enforcement agencies and the government’s handling of religious groups. The tragedy also raised concerns about the potential for violence in religious cults and the need for better communication between law enforcement agencies and these groups.
Waco siege: what went wrong and who was responsible?
On February 28th, the ATF attempted to execute a search warrant at the ranch, which quickly turned into a violent shootout between the ATF and the Branch Davidians. There were several factors that contributed to what went wrong during the siege, including:
When does new Netflix WACO series begin?
To coincide with the 30th anniversary of the tragic Waco siege, Netflix has released an immersive three-part documentary series, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Tiller Russell (Night Stalker). This series is regarded as the definitive account of the events that unfolded in 1993 when cult leader David Koresh faced off against the federal government in a 51-day siege that ended in bloodshed.
The series features exclusive access to never-before-seen videotapes filmed inside the FBI’s Hostage Negotiation Command Post, as well as raw news footage that was never released to the American public and FBI wiretap recordings. With all these resources, Waco: American Apocalypse is touted to provide a unique and compelling perspective on what happened in Waco.
Netflix Documentary Series, Waco: American Apocalypse is available exclusively on Netflix starting March 22nd. It is hoped that this series will shed light on this controversial and tragic event in American history and encourage discussions on the need for better communication and conflict resolution in similar situations.