Some Waco Survivors Await Cult Leader David Koresh’s Resurrection: ‘We Hope to See Him Again’

David Koresh was one of the most well-known cult leaders of the 20th century, amassing hundreds of followers as the leader of the Branch Davidian religious sect.

Still, many Americans heard his name for the first time in 1993, when federal authorities suspected his group of weapons violations, leading the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to obtain a search and arrest warrant to raid their compound, the Mount Carmel Center, outside Waco, Texas.

That operation ended in gunfire — and the deaths of four government agents and six Branch Davidians.

For the next 51 days, the FBI and ATF engaged in a standoff with the compound, while news trucks recorded their every move. Finally, on April 19, 1993, the FBI launched an assault and initiated a tear gas attack, hoping to force the Branch Davidians out of their cover.

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