History and Historiography

Randy Weaver, man at center of Ruby Ridge standoff, has died

Thirty years after a deadly standoff in the Idaho mountains, the man linked forever to Ruby Ridge has died.

Randy Weaver was a survivalist who built a remote cabin in the woods of Boundary County. He was facing federal charges, but refused to surrender when agents tried to come up the road to his home.

The refusal led to a shootout and an 11-day siege.

During the incident, federal agents shot Weaver’s 14-year old son, Sam. A sniper also killed Weaver’s wife, Vicki. She was holding her infant daughter in her arms at the time.

Deputy U.S. Marshal William Francis Degan died in the shootout, as well.

Thursday, Weaver’s daughter Sarah announced his death on her Ruby Ridge to Freedom Facebook page. Earlier posts on the page indicated that he had been sick since at least mid-April.

“Love you always, Dad. ‘See ya next time I see ya.’”

She posted a picture with her dad and the dates January 3, 1948-May 11, 2022.

The Ruby Ridge standoff became a rallying cry for anti-government extremists.

Timothy McVeigh invoked the standoff as a reason for blowing up the federal building in Oklahoma City.

“I didn’t want my name tied to… to give anyone reason to act out in violence in my name,” Sara Weaver told 4 News Now in 2012. “I know what it feels like on a gut level to lose your family to violence.”

At the time of that interview in 2012, Sara said her dad, who was cleared of the most serious criminal charges against him, was a frequent babysitter for his grandkids.

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