The tragic siege in Waco, TX, shown in 1993 in the limited series Waco, now on Netflix, is a real and heartbreaking story that lasted 51 days. When the FBI and ATF (Office for Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives) fell on David Koresh's grounds in rural Waco, they put pressure on the religious sect to surrender for almost two months before the whole event in one Tragedy ended.
Koresh led a religious group known as the Branch Davidians, and everyone lived on the site that was later to be destroyed. When RTF got wind of a large collection of firearms on the property, they came to execute a search warrant, but what happened next was a standoff between the two sides. Vox points out that it is still unclear who fired first at the beginning of this siege – the Branch Davidians claimed that the RTF came with blazing weapons, and the RTF said the same thing about the Branch Davidians.
The RTF and later the FBI negotiated with Koresh and others for weeks trying to seize the firearms and get the children out of the house. Within 51 days, the authorities negotiated with the branch Davidians and even sent in milk that they had requested but that had been bugged.
The authorities escalated their tactics as they approached the 51-day mark and all kinds of music on the premises and bright lights boomed to prevent the branch Davidians from sleeping and causing them to come out of the house and give in . And while some of the members of the sect left the house during the 51-day break, not all did.
On April 19, 1993, day 51, the FBI pumped the house with tear gas. The flammable gas caught fire and blew through the house, killing 76 of the remaining Branch Davidians inside, including Koresh himself. To this day, how the fire itself has been debated is up to the FBI's insistence that they not use fire devices , and the surviving branch Davidians claimed they had never made a suicide pact. However, audio from the bugged milk jugs suggests that the branch Davidians set fire to the house.
Much of what actually happened inside the walls of Koresh's Waco site in 1993 will remain a mystery since so many members of his cult died that day. Although some of the survivors, including David Thibodeau, have told their stories, many reports contradict each other. However, what we do know is that the site has been under siege for 51 days, leading to a terrible tragedy that will not be easily forgotten.