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'Waco: The Texas Apocalypse': 6 terrifying details about the massacre that shocked the world in '93


Netflix released a miniseries about the bloody clashes between David Koresh's sect and the FBI that ended with more than 80 people dead.

In recent days, the words “Waco”, “cult”, “Koresh”, “massacre” and “Davidians” began to be heavily



This is due to the premiere on Netflix of the documentary miniseries Waco: The Texas Apocalypse, which narrates in three chapters

the bloody confrontation of 1993 between a group of religious fanatics and the US police




of the theme is justified: the story is as chilling as it is cinematic.

The brutal sieges of Waco ended with 86 people dead, including 23 children


Most were members of the Davidian sect led by David Koresh (born Vernon Wayne Howell).

Six religious and four agents from the

United States

Agency for Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

(ATF) died at the first crossing and 76 Davidians died in the final siege due to a large fire doubtful origin.

The official poster of the new Netflix documentary miniseries.

The first confrontation occurred at the sect's headquarters, the

Mount Carmel Center

compound/ranch , in Texas, northeast of Waco, after the United States Government ordered a raid on the site and the arrest of Koresh and other Davidian members for possession. illegal weapons.

The first shooting, triggered by the refusal of the religious to let the police in, took place on February 28, 1993. The last, which resulted in the death of 76 people and ended the case, was on April 19. .

Let's review, then,

6 shocking facts about this violent massacre

that symbolized the violence of a decade in the United States.

1. The initial attack

In the first siege, 4 ATF agents and 6 Davidians died.

Michael Schroeder

, one of the cultists, fell into the hands of the Agency six hours after the ceasefire as he was returning from his job.

Four ATF agents were killed in the first siege.

Photo: IMDb

This particular case is not without its doubts


The government said police acted in response to a shooting attack by the Davidian, while Schroeder's wife maintained that her husband had never been involved in the confrontation and was innocent.

2. Children released

After the ATF members were killed, the FBI managed to get Koresh to release 19 children in his care from the ranch.

Later it would be known that 

the minors had been abused long before the police attack


3. A whole army

On March 9,

the FBI assembled an army of 700 agents

with a clear objective: to drive the Davidians out of their fort and defend against their attacks.

For this they had armored cars and helicopters.

In addition, to complicate life in the complex, the FBI cut off their water and illuminated the buildings with powerful lights with the aim of disturbing their sleep rhythm.

David Koresh, the cult leader, died in the fire.

Photo: AP

4. The final fire

76 Davidians died on the day of the final siege


Among them was Koresh.

The Mount Carmel Center was reduced to nothing when the massacre ended.

The victims died from landslides, burned, hit by bullets or by the suffocating effects of the fire.

The curious thing is that the cause of origin of the flames is not completely determined.

There are conflicting arguments


The causes of the fire are unclear.

Photo: AP

The government version is that the fire was caused on purpose by the Davidians as a

collective suicide


The sectarians who survived, however, said that the building caught fire due to crossfire between the two sides, which combined bullets with flammable gases.

Some believe that some FBI tanks that overturned near the combat zone fanned the flames.

5. The Fateful Legacy

Exactly two years later, terrorist

Timothy McVeigh

chose the second anniversary of the Waco massacre as the date to carry out the infamous Oklahoma bombing.

On April 19, 1995, McVeigh used a truck bomb to do his job, killing 168 people and injuring more than 600.

McVeigh used a truck bomb to carry out the attack.

Photo: AP

6. A dangerous leader

This is how the Davidian ranch was left after the fire of the final siege.

Photo: AP

Koresh, his wife of 14 years, and the rest of his followers - who believed in him as the incarnation of Christ - were cornered at the Waco ranch at the time of the confrontation.

By then, Koresh had spent over

$250,000 on weapons

to be prepared for when the time came for the "Evil's" harassment...

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Source: clarin

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