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Former FBI sniper Chris Whitcomb has shared his recollections of the 1993 Waco siege (Picture: Netflix)
In February 1993 Christopher Whitcomb was working as a sniper as part of the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team when they were called to assist at an unfolding siege in Waco, Texas.
While they didn’t quite know what to expect, by the time it all ended nearly two months later, 86 people would be dead.
As Whitcombe explained, his team was ‘the United States’ government’s sole last backstop in the event of some exotic crime or terrorist action’.
Recalling the confronting job that they were faced with when arriving at the Mount Carmel Centre ranch in the new three-part Netflix documentary series, Waco: American Apocalypse, Whitcomb described the aftermath as ‘apocalyptic carnage’.
A definitive account of what happened when Branch Davidians cult leader David Koresh faced off against the federal government in a bloody 51-day siege, the series explores the details of the conflict which would end up becoming the biggest gunfight on American soil since the Civil War.
Now, 30 years since the siege, the documentary also presents access to recently unearthed videotapes filmed inside the FBI Crisis Negotiation Unit, raw news footage never released to the public, and FBI recordings.The religious cult was located at the Mount Carmel Centre ranch (Picture: Netflix) The raid began on February 28 and didn’t end until April 19 (Picture: Netflix)
It all began after the ATF tried to raid the ranch to serve a search and arrest warrant, suspecting the cult had been accumulating a significant cache of weapons, and even making grenades.
However, an intense gunfire quickly erupted and left four ATF agents and six Branch Davidians dead.
After the FBI were brought in, the siege continued for 51 days until authorities began a tear gas attack to try and force the Branch Davidians out, but soon after the compound was engulfed in flames.David Koresh was the leader of the Branch Davidians (Picture: Waco Tribune Herald/Courtesy of Netflix)
While the origins of the fire are still disputed by both sides involved, who each claim it was the other side who lit it, once it was over, 76 Branch Davidians, including 25 children, two pregnant women, and Koresh, were dead.
Recalling the horror of what he saw as the compound burnt down, Whitcomb, who was 34 at the time, has vivid memories of the destruction that was caused.
‘I just could not believe that they’re all going to die [while watching the fire engulf the building],’ he said.
‘There was nobody coming out.’By the time the fire was put out, a total of 86 people had been killed in the siege (Picture: Netflix)
After the fire had extinguished, he remembered walking a few hundred yards to the burning piles of embers.
‘It was a rain of paper that had burned, and that had floated up into the thermals of heat and there were individual pages of Bibles,’ he explained in the documentary.
‘It was raining Bible pages into these embers and in the embers were 1.6 million rounds of rifle ammo that was cooking off and popping up.’Christopher Whitcomb in Waco during the siege (Picture: Courtesy of Netflix)
He added: ‘There were skulls everywhere and half-burned bodies. It was apocalyptic carnage.’
‘I don’t know what hell looks like, but …maybe that.’
Three decades on he still struggles to reconcile with the tragedy.
‘I wanted to find some way to reconcile that a cow field in central Texas had become a fire that killed 80 human beings and went back to being a cow field,’ he said.
‘I wanted some kind of sense…how the hell that could happen.
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‘All I know is that violence appears out of nowhere, destroys life and drifts off into another scene, and I think I’ve just gotten over trying to figure out why.’
The documentary also provides first hand accounts from all sides of the conflict, including one of Koresh’s spiritual wives, the last child released from the compound alive, the FBI Crisis Negotiation Unit Chief, the journalists covering the story, and members of the ATF who watched their colleagues die in the shootout against members of the religious sect.
Waco: American Apocalypse is now streaming on Netflix.
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