Nov. 25, 2019

Waco: The Branch Davidian Cult and the Rise of David Koresh | 164

Waco: The Branch Davidian Cult and the Rise of David Koresh | 164
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How did a septuagenarian buggering wannabe rock-star suffering from dyslexia go from handyman to cult leader, culminating in the death of 80 people? We try to answer that very question this week (and not because Cbot is looking for tips). Plus, Kevin Crispin returns to the lower 4th, J.T.R. Brown makes his debut on H51 to help us wrap our heads around the mental health (or lack thereof) of cult leaders, and CBot regales us with his love for the year 1993. All that and more on the podcast that doesn’t have a cult secretly funding us, just Goforth’s Patreon sniff money – Hysteria 51

Special thanks to this week’s research sources:
Research Assistant - Raymond Walden IV

Before the Flames: Story of David Koresh and the Davidian Seventh-Day Adventists | A. Anthony Hibbert
Prophets of the Apocalypse: David Koresh and Other American Messiahs | Kenneth R. Samples

Waco: The Inside Story | Documentary | FRONTLINE -
Who were David Koresh and the Branch Davidians? -
Waco: The Rules of Engagement (1997) -
Documentary: Waco -

Waco Siege -
Mount Carmel Center -
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives -
Branch Davidians -
Seventh-day Adventist Church -
David Koresh -
Victor Houteff -
Janet Reno -
Crime Traveler -
Chicago Tribune -
The Gospel Coalition -
J.T.R. Brown -

And make sure to check out JTR Brown's book
Scab Among the Stars available now -

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