New footage from an upcoming documentary collection provides a glance behind the scenes through the lethal 1993 siege of the Department Davidian cult compound in Waco, Texas.
And it reveals some chilling phrases from the cult’s chief, a self-proclaimed prophet named David Koresh.
“They assume I’m the son of God,” Koresh says in previous footage within the trailer for the upcoming Netflix collection, “Waco: American Apocalypse.”
Federal brokers tried a raid on the compound on Feb. 28, 1993 after an eight-month investigation discovered the cult had stockpiled an enormous arsenal of weapons.
4 brokers and 6 cultists had been killed within the ensuing shootout. That kicked off what would flip right into a 51-day siege of the ability, and the frantic negotiations to attempt to finish it are detailed within the new documentary.
However a recorded voice ― presumably that of Koresh, chatting with negotiators ― signifies the cultists had different plans.
“OK, y’all been making ready eight months for this,” the voice says. “How lengthy do you assume we’ve been making ready?”
The siege resulted in tragedy on April 19, 1993 when the FBI tried to clear the compound with tear fuel. As a substitute, the cultists set hearth to the ability. Within the occasions that adopted, 76 cultists together with Koresh and a few two dozen youngsters died.
The three-part Netflix collection, which premieres March 22, is constructed round “lately unearthed videotapes filmed contained in the FBI’s Hostage Negotiation Command Submit, in addition to uncooked information footage by no means launched to the American public, and FBI wiretap recordings.”
It additionally consists of interviews with surviving cultists, FBI negotiators and members of the ATF staff who took half in that preliminary shootout.
“The main points of what occurred through the 51-day standoff are advanced and infrequently ferociously debated, however slightly than assigning blame or pointing fingers, we tried to deal with it from a deeply humanist perspective — specializing in what it seems like for folks on all sides to be caught within the maws of historical past,” director and govt producer Tiller Russell said in a news release.