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April 19, 1993, is a date that Americans can’t afford to forget, as the new TV series, Waco, from Paramount Network so eloquently shows. The show is hard to watch, honestly, but we can’t look away. Michael Shannon as Gary Noesner and Taylor Kitsch as David Koresh have done an… Read more
Those of us with even a passing interest in crime—whether fact or fiction—are probably thinking about death a lot. And as media has taught us, there are a lot of pretty terrible ways to die. Now, I want you to imagine for a second that you are a child. Imagine… Read more
Episode 4 of Paramount’s six-part miniseries Waco has us deep into the siege. The ATF has withdrawn leadership, and the FBI has brought in a Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) and negotiators. The relationships among Koresh, his right-hand man, Steve Schneider—adeptly portrayed by actor Paul Sparks (House of Cards, Boardwalk Empire)—and… Read more
The new Waco TV series is moving right along as it recounts the events in early 1993 that ultimately lead to the infamous 51-day standoff that the ATF and FBI had with David Koresh’s followers, whom we now refer to as the Branch Davidians. The standoff’s origins might be the… Read more
Who was David Koresh? I think that’s probably the most important mystery that any media covering the tragic events that took place at Mount Carmel—10 miles outside of Waco, Texas—is attempting to solve. All we have left are the accounts of survivors and witnesses, translated most recently into Waco, a… Read more
Cults, their followers, and their ultimate spectacular ends have captured public imagination for decades, but only one cult met their tragic end as publicly as David Koresh and his followers in Waco. April 19, 1993, is forever marked in history as one of the most spectacular failures of the FBI… Read more