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The harrowing true story of the 1993 standoff between the FBI, ATF and the Branch Davidians, a spiritual sect led by David Koresh in Waco, TX that resulted in a deadly shootout and fire.

A&E
1 Season, 2 Episodes
January 28, 2018
Documentary
7.7/10
Cast: Mike Caruso, Chris Urquhart, Elizabeth Stuart-Morris, John Marcucci
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  • The raid of Mount Carmel develops into a 51-day standoff between the Branch Davidians and the FBI. Negotiators plead with Koresh to release the women and children inside the compound, and surrender himself to authorities. On April 19, a frustrated FBI starts inserting tear gas into the building with tanks. A fire develops, and fanned by high-winds, devours the structure and everyone inside.

  • Followers from around the world travel to Mount Carmel to hear the teachings of the Branch Davidians' leader David Koresh, but as Koresh's teachings become more and more apocalyptic, members of the group question his motives. Matters come to a head when the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, believing the group is stockpiling weapons, decides to raid the compound.

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