Branch Davidian leader David Koresh promises to surrender to federal agents if a taped statement was broadcast; it is, but he remains in his compound.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) along with the FBI and other federal agents staged their raid the Branch Davidian compound at Waco, Texas, because of reports of weapons and child abuse. Six residents and four agents are killed in the initial encounter.
The siege lasts 51 days and the federal agents mishandle matters in almost every possible way. During their final assault the building will catch fire, whether through deliberate action from the Branch Davidians or more negligence from the federal agents. In the end, 76 Branch Davidians will die, including David Koresh and 17 children.