reply to post by texasgirl
I'm writing this shorter note to your last question of what I think happened. Cold Zero describes what they heard. The yelling and the orders they
listened to from within the compound they were..I believe I recall them saying..50 yards from. The HRT Sniper teams managed to get almost on top of
the compound without getting themselves shot so they had a great deal of perspective at the end.
Taking the accounts of the forensics, the court records Whitcombs book and what I saw and heard over the course of the siege from news coverage, I
believe it was very much like Jim Jones and Jonestown. Koresh or Vernon, as one poster reminds us his actual name was.....set this up and was talking
fiery apocalypse almost the entire duration of the siege. His demands revolved around reading or talking or being heard on that subject as often as
anything else over the long weeks...so it was first and foremost in his mind.
Those who COULD leave...or would leave..did. They got clear in the period before they decided to do what they did. I think the armored vehicle put
them on notice, no more deadlines or games...and Vernon did his thing with the die hard followers who hadn't already left.
The rest... only those who died there will ever know for sure...but the reports indicate the gunshots and not all in the last moments before things
started collapsing and falling in on them. I guess the details went with them though, and just as well. The forensics tell far more than I really ever
wanted to know. The graphics...are among those things I wish I could Un-see. However, how it ended, I believe, was 100% the choice and doing of Vernon
and his command element within the cult. Everyone else went along or got stuffed to the bunker, to die there.
It's still enough to get a bit choked up about, going into this level of detail.. the damn kids... why?!
Well.. You asked for what I had..That is what fits within reasonable space as a summary anyway.
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