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1 Vernon Wayne Howell & The Waco Massacre BY: JUSTIN FORRESTER


3 His Life  born in Houston, Texas on August 17, 1959  His mother, Bonnie Sue Clark, had him when she was 14 and she was a single mother.  After that Bonnie began seeing a violent alcoholic and sent Vernon at age 4 to be raised with his maternal grandmother Earline Clark.  At age 7 his mother returned with her husband Roy Haldeman.

4 His Life  When he was 20, Howell turned to the Church of Seventh Day Adventists, which was his mother's church. But he was expelled for being a bad influence on the young people, and for telling the pastor that God wanted him to have his daughter as his wife.  After being kicked out of the church, he went to Hollywood to become a rock star but it never took off.  In 1981 he went to Waco, Texas where he joined the Branch Davidians

5 Late Night Conversations  During the siege he talked to FBI agents at night and said his childhood was lonely.  He said the other kids teased him and called him "Vernie." He was dyslexic, but learned how to write phonetically. He eventually dropped out of Garland High School his junior year.  He did have musical ability and a strong interest in the Bible. By 12, he had memorized large tracts of the bible and started lecturing other kids.

6 The Branch Message  The prime objective of The Branch Message is to uplift, magnify and vindicate the Only-Begotten Son, Yahshua Ha Mashiach (Jesus Christ).  It is based off of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Which believes in the “Second Coming” of Jesus Christ and the end of the world in a fiery apocalypse

7 Branch Davidians  Located in Waco, at the Mt. Carmel compound, founded by Benjamin Lloyd Roden and Lois Irene Scott Roden in 1955.  Occurring after the unexpected passing of the Shepherd’s Rod “Davidian” Victor T. Houteff on February 5 th 1955  Vernon Howell became leader in 1990 after a power struggle began between Howell and Lois Roden's son George.

8 Rise To Power  George Roden and Vernon Howell were fighting over who will become leader.  1985 Howell leaves the commune and settles in Palestine, Texas, where he is joined by Branch Davidians who had been run off of Mt. Carmel compound at gunpoint by Roden.  They stay there. for nearly 2 years, living in cardboard and plywood shacks until late 1987 when conflict arises.  Late 1987, Roden digs up the body of a member, Anna Hughes, and issueing a challenge to Howell: the one who could raise her from the dead is the one to lead the community.

9 Rise to Power  Vernon tells police to charge him for abusing a corpse but nothing happens.  November 3, Howell returns to the Mt. Carmel compound with seven male followers, all dressed in camouflage and bearing assault rifles, hunting rifles, shotguns, and ammunition.  The two groups engage in a gunfight; during the exchange, Roden is shot in the chest and hands.  The trial would result in Koresh and his followers walking from the courtroom as free men.

10 Rise To Power  Roden however, is evicted from the compound, but still was considered the leader.  1989 George is put into mental hospital for the plea of insanity over a murder, until his death in 1998 by trying to escape from Big Springs.  1990 Vernon Howell is now the leader of the Branch Dravidians and changes his name.

11 A New Man  David Koresh is what he changes his name to  The court document said that the change was "for publicity and business purposes."  He said the switch arose from his belief that he was now head of the biblical House of David.  Koresh is a Hebrew transliteration of Cyrus, the name of the Persian king who allowed the Jews held captive in Babylon to return to Israel.

12 Waco Massacre  Claimed he was sent by god and wanted to combine rock and roll with religion.  Had multiple wives some being as old as 10 years old. Total was 19 women and he fathered 12 children.  Changed to compound name to Ranch Apocalypse.  Had total build up of 11 tons of firepower

13 Waco Massacre  Koresh claimed to have unlocked the Seven Seals within the Book of Revelation. The Seven Seals are supposed to portend events leading to the apocalypse.  Was 50 days long and 76 men women and children died.  Was building “Army of God” to await the second coming of Jesus Christ  His prophecy was that a great apocalyptic battle with Babylon was coming and there would be destruction and fire and deaths.

14 Waco Massacre  The FBI did multiple things to disrupt and force him to give up such as: 1-Bright lights to disrupt sleep 2-Loud Music and chants 3- cut phone lines 4- cut power multiple times

15 Waco Massacre  Sunday February 28 1993, FBI attempts to execute arrest of David Koresh for sexual abuse. Also was concerned about the weapon build up on compound.  Gunfire erupts and 4 agents killed and 16 wounded.  Byron Sage is chief negotiator.

16 Waco Massacre  March 2- Koresh says upon national broadcast of his audio tape of his religious teaching he will surrender  1:30 tape is broadcasted  5:58 Koresh says god spoke to him and said to wait until Passover. (April 5)  President Clinton deploys military vehicles for safety purposes.

17 Waco Massacre  April 5- nothing happens and Koresh refuses to confirm exit date  Janet Reno (attorney general) proposes tear gas plan.  April 18- Reno tells Clinton the tear gas plan and gets ready to invade.  Children on compound hold signs in windows saying “ Flames Await”

18 Waco Massacre  April 19  5:59 compound notified of violent assault and is to come out  6:02 tear gas begins to be sprayed  6:04 Davidians start shooting  6:31 entire building is gassed  7:30 breach front side door on 1 st floor  11:00 Reno tells Clinton everything is going fine

19 Waco Massacre  11:45 wall on rear side collapses  12:07 Davadians simultaneously start fires  12:12 Call to Koresh to lead them to safety  12:25 Davidians start killing themselves.  12:41 fire fighting efforts begin  Koresh is said to be shot in head by his right hand man, who in turn killed himself. 



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