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By Dallas Morning News | May 3, 1993
WACO, Texas -- After two days of speculation, authorities announced last night that the body of Branch Davidian leader David Koresh has been identified.Justice of the Peace James Collier, in whose district the Branch Davidian compound was located, said the cult leader apparently died of a gunshot wound to the head.However, it's too early to tell whether the gunshot wound was self-inflicted, Mr. Collier said.The identification was made possible by dental records and X-rays of mouth and body, Mr. Collier said.
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By Jeff Zeleny and Jeff Zeleny,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 20, 2003
WACO, Texas - The Branch Davidian compound is barely visible here on this piece of central Texas prairie, where tall green grasses and blooming wildflowers cover traces of the building that erupted in a deadly inferno 10 years ago. A persistent wind blew yesterday, just as it did on April 19, 1993, when a fire and explosion consumed the Davidians and their compound after federal agents stormed the grounds at Mount Carmel, bringing a conclusion to a...
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By Ann LoLordo and Ann LoLordo,Sun Staff Writer | July 27, 1995
WASHINGTON -- FBI officials overseeing negotiations with Branch Davidian leader David Koresh were convinced he would never surrender despite an offer to do so communicated by his lawyers days before the assault on Mount Carmel, a congressional hearing was told yesterday.Jeffrey Jamar, the FBI's on-site commander at Waco, testified that he viewed as "another delaying tactic" Koresh's offer to surrender once he finished writing a religious treatise."It was not a serious plan," said Mr. Jamar, the former special agent in charge of the FBI's San Antonio office.
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | July 3, 1998
The Fourth of July weekend may be the perfect context for "Waco: The Rules of Engagement," William Gazecki's Oscar-nominated documentary about the 1993 standoff between religious leader David Koresh and the federal government.Not that "Waco" is a feel-good movie about America. Rather, it is sobering evidence of how essential a free press and open dissent are to a functional democracy.In presenting a chilling contrarian view of the events that transpired that spring, "Waco" may not be the final word on the encounter, which ended with a blazing fire and 86 dead.
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By Los Angeles Times | March 25, 1993
WACO, Texas -- An FBI agent criticized Branch Davidian leader David Koresh yesterday for leaving a trail of broken promises in the effort to bring a peaceful end to the standoff at his cult's heavily armed compound."
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By Carl M. Cannon and Carl M. Cannon,Washington Bureau | April 21, 1993
WASHINGTON -- The Clinton administration continued to maintain yesterday that the Justice Department did nothing wrong in Waco, but with questions reverberating all the way to the Oval Office, President Clinton and FBI officials sought to pin the blame squarely on the man the administration insists was in control all along -- David Koresh.Speaking publicly for the first time about the tragedy that left more than 80 people -- including 17 young children -- dead, Mr. Clinton said, "Mr. Koresh's response to the demands for his surrender by federal agents was to destroy himself and murder the children who were his captives as well as all the other people who were there and did not survive."
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By Ann LoLordo and Ann LoLordo,Sun Staff Writer | July 20, 1995
WASHINGTON -- The Republican-led congressional hearings into the 1993 federal assault at Waco opened yesterday with partisan sniping, descriptions of the Branch Davidians' arsenal of weapons and attacks on law enforcement's handling of the 51-day standoff.Then came Kiri Jewell, a 14-year-old in a long, flowered dress. She told a packed hearing room how the sect's leader, David Koresh, sexually molested her at age 10 when she lived with the Davidians.She graphically described the encounter and other sexual liaisons between Mr. Koresh and young girls.
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By Dallas Morning News | April 16, 1993
WACO, Texas -- Federal authorities are not overly optimistic about ending the standoff with the Branch Davidian sect any time soon, despite word that cult leader David Koresh has received his long-awaited message from God.That message apparently instructed Mr. Koresh to write down his interpretation of the Seven Seals of the Bible's Book of Revelation. Such a task could take a while, FBI Agent Richard Swensen said during the daily news briefing."Nobody at our place is holding their breath" for a quick resolution, he said.
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By Fort Worth Star-Telegram | April 13, 1993
WACO, Texas -- David Koresh initially said that it was a word from God he was awaiting, but now he also apparently is awaiting a natural disaster to show God's displeasure with the way he is being treated, federal officials said yesterday.Throughout two letters purportedly carrying God's signature that Mr. Koresh had sent to the FBI are warnings of disaster befalling Mr. Koresh's enemies.Much of the first letter appeared aimed at scaring the FBI and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF)
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | July 26, 1995
WASHINGTON -- Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh was preparing to surrender when federal agents launched the final raid on his compound near Waco, Texas, attorneys for the sect told Congress yesterday.The attorneys told a House inquiry that Koresh wanted more time to write a religious essay and that he would then surrender."We were on the way to doing that. It would have ended peacefully," said Dick DeGuerin, Koresh's attorney during the siege."We had a deal. We were going to do it," said Jack Zimmermann, an attorney who represented Koresh lieutenant Steve Schneider.
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By Ann Hornaday | June 28, 1998
Don't miss the Charles Theatre's three-day run of "Waco: The Rules of Engagement," the extraordinaryOscar-nominated documentary that, through an examination of public record on the standoff between religious leader David Koresh and Washington, leads the audience to shocking conclusions about their government. It begins Friday. Call 410-727-FILM for ticket information.Pub date: 6/28/98
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By GREGORY KANE | January 7, 1998
WHERE IS good old-fashioned conservative outrage when and where you would most expect to find it? It was abundant in the cases of David Koresh and his followers in Waco, Texas, four years ago and in the 1992 shootout in Ruby Ridge, Idaho.In early December, a story hit the news wires that the U.S. Army, after 30 years, has finally admitted spying on civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. during his last days in Memphis, Tenn. Either conservatives didn't get outraged or they didn't see the story.
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By Rowland Nethaway | November 13, 1997
WACO, TEXAS -- A growing number of Americans are more willing to believe that the government conspires against its citizens than admit that the government simply screws up a lot.The government's incredibly botched attempt to serve a search warrant at David Koresh's Branch Davidian compound fueled this dangerous trend and became the twisted motive for the 168 bomb deaths in Oklahoma City.Now a professionally produced documentary, ''Waco: The Rules Engagement,'' is fanning the flames that will spread anti-government paranoia.
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By GREGORY KANE | June 11, 1997
The Fool Follies continue in the Timothy McVeigh trial.Last week, Judge Richard P. Matsch offered up the curious opinion that the penalty phase of McVeigh's trial might turn into "some kind of lynching," in the judge's elegant phrasing. Soon after - and perhaps predictably - McVeigh's defense lawyer got in on the action, far surpassing Matsch on the Richter scale of hyperbole.On Friday, Richard Burr, perhaps straining under the burden of having to defend America's greatest mass murderer, implied that McVeigh's bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in April 1995 that killed 168 people was the result of a temper tantrum.
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By Assoicated Press | April 19, 1996
Today in history: April 19In 1775, the American Revolutionary War began with the battles of Lexington and Concord.In 1910, after weeks of being viewed through telescopes, Halley's Comet was reported visible to the naked eye in Curacao.In 1933, the United States went off the gold standard.In 1943, during World War II, tens of thousands of Jews living in the Warsaw Ghetto began waging a valiant but futile battle against Nazi forces.In 1951, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, relieved of his command by President Truman, bade farewell to Congress, quoting a ballad: "Old soldiers never die; they just fade away."
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August 4, 1995
Were the deaths of federal agents and members of the Branch Davidians at Waco "avoidable"?We have always thought so, and said so. So have many members of two House committees that just concluded ten days of public testimony on the 1993 standoff in Texas. But it is a theory that can't be proved. Were it provable, you can be sure the Republican-led committees would have done so. Partisanship and political motive were nakedly on display by some (but not all) of the inquisitors. (Some Democrats on the committees, of course, were equally partisan defensively.
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By DAN BERGER | July 21, 1995
There's affirmative action, vacillating inaction and negative reaction. Bill has opted for reaffirmative reaction.Republicans should think twice about making David Koresh their hero or martyr. Lincoln suits better.
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By Fort Worth Star-Telegram | March 2, 1993
The role of the news media in the bloody attempt to arrest religious sect leader David Koresh near Waco, Texas, Sunday raises again questions about the responsibility of news operations and their relationship with law enforcement agencies.The Waco Tribune-Herald began a seven-part series about the cult called the Branch Davidians Saturday, despite requests by federal authorities to delay the reports.Newspaper and television reporters were waiting on the road outside the compound Sunday morning before law enforcement troops arrived, raising questions about who tipped off whom -- and who might have warned the heavily armed sect members inside the Mount Carmel compound.
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By ROGER SIMON | August 2, 1995
Poor David Koresh. We never really knew him.Until recently, I thought he was a murderous nutball who killed four federal agents at Waco and then lit fires that consumed himself and 80 of his followers.But after 10 days of the House Waco hearings, I have been presented with a new view: He was a victim.He was not a killer. The law enforcement agents were the killers!Bill Zeliff, Republican of New Hampshire and co-chair of the Waco hearings, said on "Meet the Press" Sunday that the government "killed over 80 people" at Waco.
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By Sandy Grady | July 28, 1995
Washington -- THE MORE Bill Clinton and administration stooges plead that replaying the Waco, Texas, shootout besmirches U.S. lawmen, the phonier their damage control sounds.What if inept air controllers were causing jet-liner crashes?Or corrupt Internal Revenue Service agents letting zillionaire taxpayers off the hook?Wouldn't airing the truth clean house and blow away paranoia?But with congressional hearings on Waco halfway home, you can understand the president's thin skin about the screw-up on his watch.
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