Branch Davidian Seventh-day Adventists

Waco Siege Conspiracies Debunked – #3 – Helicopter Gun Fire

November 12, 2018 // 2 Comments

During the investigation of the Branch Davidians and the subsequent failed raid on the Mount Carmel Center (the Davidians’ headquarters), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) obtained assistance from the military. This support included the use of training facilities and equipment, advice concerning ATF’s medical and communications plans, aerial reconnaissance, and the use of helicopters during the raid. The ATF was able to get this support from the military due, in part, to [...]

Waco Siege Conspiracies Debunked – #2 – The Sinful Messiah and the Raid at Mount Carmel

September 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

In May 1992, the McLennan County Texas Sheriff Department provided information to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) that a religious group known as the Branch Davidians had received large shipments of firearms, inert grenades, and black powder. This was discovered after a UPS driver by the name of Larry Gilbreath accidentally opened a box containing hand grenades prior to delivery to the Mount Carmel Centre Ranch (the headquarters of the Davidians). Over the next several months, [...]

Waco Siege Conspiracies Debunked – #1 – David’s Rise to Power

August 17, 2018 // 3 Comments

In May of 1992, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) were informed that Vernon Howell, also known as David Koresh, the leader of the Branch Davidians, a religious group who believed the apocalypse was imminent, had received a large shipment of firearms, inert grenades, and possible explosive precursors. In February of 1993, they obtained a warrant to arrest Koresh, as well as several other Davidians, and to search the Mount Carmel Centre Ranch (the headquarters of the Davidians). [...]