The several issue that needed further investigation following the 1993 waco incident

The several issue that needed further investigation following the 1993 waco incident

His order for a mass suicide would be his effort to maintain the ultimate control over his group, in the event of his death. It was not certain, however, whether Koresh truly believed his own religious message or whether he was exploiting his control over his followers for personal gain. Only nine Davidians survived the fire. On March 17 tapes of released members with positive comments about their release were played over the loudspeakers. Reno countered that the FBI Hostage Rescue Team was tired of waiting; that the standoff was costing a million dollars per week; that the Branch Davidians could hold out longer than the CSAL; and that the chances of child sexual abuse and mass suicide were imminent. Immediately afterward the Attorney General and the Associate Attorney General met with others from the Department to discuss the proposal. It was determined that the negotiators would not call into the compound, but would only answer when they were called. Psychiatrist Joseph Krofcheck and Psycholinguist Murray Miron assisted in analyzing Koresh's letters which were sent out at the end of the stand-off. Attorney General Janet Reno approved recommendations by the FBI Hostage Rescue Team to mount an assault, after being told that conditions were deteriorating and that children were being abused inside the compound. Throughout, the specter of Waco has not faded.

Perry, Chief of Psychiatry of the Baylor College, worked with the released children and provided some assessments of Koresh's likely actions based on that work.

Koresh and others in the compound were acutely aware of the secular consequences of their acts. The charred remains of children, including at least 10 who were younger than 3, were found in the bunker along with 13 women, seven men and a fetus.

They continued to gather documents and conduct interviews thereafter.

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However, rounds were being fired from the compound at the FBI on April 19th. It is not known whether these individuals committed suicide or were shot by others. According to the FBI, the Hostage Rescue Team agents had been permitted to return any incoming fire, but no shots were fired by federal agents on April when several Branch Davidians opened fire, the FBI Hostage Rescue Team's response was to increase the amount of gas being used.

Its adherents were led — some would say dominated — by a man with a messianic sense of himself, David Koresh. He suggested that if a theologian could convince the people that Koresh was wrong, maybe some 40 to 50 people would come out.

The Fire An examination of the burned ruins of the compound by independent arson experts concluded that the fire was deliberately set from within the compound.

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The objective was to undermine the devotion of individual members to Koresh. In any event, the independent arson experts concluded that the fire spread so quickly in the poorly constructed compound that even prompt fire fighting efforts would have been ineffective. On March 30 and 31 attorney DeGuerin was allowed to go into the compound. Ruth Riddle Canadian national —convicted of using or carrying a weapon during a crime. The negotiator refused and told Judy to come out to be treated. Increasingly aggressive techniques were used to try to force the Branch Davidians out. But its modern roots may be summed up in a single word: Waco.

The FBI cut Davidian communication to the outside world. The Texas Rangers' arson investigator report assumes that many of the occupants were either denied escape from within or refused to leave until escape was not an option.

A Davidian who left the compound in mid-March was interviewed in the hospital by Texas Rangers four times from March 24 to March 27 and reported that the Davidians had planned mass suicide on March 2,when Koresh had promised to come out of the compound with all his followers.

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