Netflix to release Waco: American Apocalypse soon

Nearly 30 years, an unspeakable misfortune happened in America’s heartland. A religious cult led by David Koresh, the Branch Davidians, established a home in Waco, Texas, on February 28, 1993, under siege by federal and state authorities. The siege turned into a standoff that lasted 51 days. On April 19, when the FBI used tear gas to drive them out, it was a dramatic end. Instead, the Branch Davidians deliberately started a fire, which killed 76 people.

The tragic tale is now being made into a Netflix docuseries by director Tiller Russell, who also directed the excellent true crime documentary Night Stalker: The Search for a Constant Killer On Netflix, Russell’s powerful new show, which uses expert commentary and testimonials from witnesses to reframe the Waco story, will soon premiere. The new docuseries is named Waco: American Apocalypse.

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The series will premiere on 22nd March at midnight PT/3:00 a.m. ET. There will be three episodes. Each episode will run approximately 50 minutes. All episodes will be released at the same time.

Watch the trailer here

The real case which inspired the docu-series

A religious sect known as the Branch Davidians was established on the basis of a prophecy regarding the impending apocalypse and the Second Coming of Christ. Koresh told his followers that the Lord wanted them to build an “Army of God” at the Mount Carmel Center outside of Waco by the beginning of the 1990s.

Koresh was accused of having sex with minors and had up to 20 so-called “wives.” David Bunds, a former Branch Davidian, told ABC News, “It’s sick, it’s perverted, and yeah, it’s one of the things about David Koresh that probably bothers me the most.” Currently, I hold that David Koresh committed pedophilia. I wish I would have followed through with something.”

After learning that shipping and delivery records showed that Koresh and his followers had obtained large quantities of gunpowder and heavy aluminum that could be used to make illegal grenades or reload spent rifle cartridges, the ATF obtained warrants because they suspected that Koresh and his followers were stockpiling illegal weapons.

Waco, his 2018 book: A Survivor’s Story, Branch Davidian survivor David Thibodeau claimed that the purchases were made for gun shows where they sold weapons and gear. He denied that they were storing illegal weapons. According to Thibodeau, “a good source of cash for the community,” the gun industry “had more to do with business than self-defense” when it came to our involvement with firearms.

On February 28, 1993, the ATF attempted to raid the Mount Carmel Center and serve its warrants. A four-hour gunfight erupted that killed six of Koresh’s followers and four ATF agents. Both sides accused the other of having fired the first shots.