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The Branch Davidians of WacoThe History and Beliefs of an Apocalyptic Sect$
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Kenneth G. C. Newport

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199245741

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245741.001.0001

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‘A Mad Man in Waco’: David Koresh in Popular Perspective

‘A Mad Man in Waco’: David Koresh in Popular Perspective

(p.1) 1 ‘A Mad Man in Waco’: David Koresh in Popular Perspective
The Branch Davidians of Waco

Kenneth G. C. Newport

Oxford University Press

‘Mt. Carmel’, was a set of buildings that served as the headquarters of the Branch Davidian movement. It was located about twelve miles away from Waco, Texas. On 19 April 1993, however, it was found to have caught fire, and in it had been sixty-eight adults which included the leader David Koresh, and twenty-one children. This fire was perceived as the peak of the fifty-one-day siege that had started on 28 February when seventy-five agents from the Bureaus of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) had arrived. Their purpose had been to comply with a search-and-arrest warrant since the Branch Davidians were alleged to have been in possession of illegal weapons. This raid was viewed as the climax of the investigation regarding the purchase of guns, ownership of hardware that could convert guns to automatic weapons, and other such destructive devices, such as grenades, by the Branch Davidians. This chapter looks into the most accepted view of David Koresh and his leadership.

Keywords:   Waco, fire, Mt. Carmel, Branch Davidian movement, ATF, search-and-arrest, guns, illegal weapons, David Koresh, leadership

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