History and Historiography

Survivors of 1993 Waco siege describe what happened in fire that ended the 51-day standoff

It initial assault on the Branch Davidians at Waco occurred 28 years ago today.

When the sun rose on April 19, 1993, it marked the 51st day of a standoff between dozens of federal agents and members of an apocalyptic religious sect called the Branch Davidians, who had barricaded themselves in their compound outside Waco, Texas.

“Nothing about April 19th started normal, nothing,” said Waco survivor and former Branch Davidian member David Thibodeau. “It was windy.”

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