There was a time when Waco was relatively unknown. But in 1993, the name was on everyone's lips as the FBI laid siege to the Branch Davidian compound near that Texas city. For nearly two months, we watched and waited to find out what would happen at the religious center where members, led by self-proclaimed prophet David Koresh, were suspected of stockpiling illegal weapons and committing sexual abuse. The siege ended violently 20 years ago today with a shootout and a deadly fire.
Flames engulf the Branch Davidian compound April 20, 1993 in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Susan Weems, files)
In the 50-day siege, nearly 90 people were killed, Koresh and other sect leaders among them. Four FBI agents died, as did 20 children. On this anniversary, we pause to remember the terrible events at Waco and the many innocent victims.
Written by Linnea Crowther