doc martens will Talks Paramount Network Miniseries and David Koresh
Contact Us,David Thibodeau isn tired of talking about it. It been 25 years since a siege at a Waco compound ended with the deaths of four ATF agents and 76 Branch Davidians. Nevertheless, last 20 years have been pretty good,” Thibodeau, one of the few survivors, says.
tell you, it’s funny,” he says. “There were times where years and years would go by, not talking about it. It’ll be on the TV, and I’d see Mount Carmel burning, and I’m like, my God, that really happened. I was there. Wow. Sometimes,
it feels like a dream, only knowing it’s not. It did really happen. I don’t mind talking about it. was one of the lucky ones. He first met David Koresh when they began playing music together. After a few trips to Waco, Thibodeau moved into the compound, where Koresh taught the seven seals in the book of Revelation, with the rest of Koresh students.
When the 51 day siege finally came to a head and the entire compound was on fire, Thibodeau escaped from a hole in the building. He says he could feel his hair crackling from the fire.
really thought the FBI was going to kill me [once I left the building], but at that point, I thought it was better to die by a bullet to the head than to die by b
“I really thought the FBI was going to kill me [once I left the building], but at that point I thought it was better to die by a bullet to the head than to die by burning to death. That didn’t appeal to me at all.” siege survivor David ThibodeauMore sharesurning to death. That didn’t appeal to me at all, he says.
Thibodeau wrote a book about his life as a member of the Branch Davidians, commonly called a cult. 24 on the new Paramount Network. Thibodeau was a consultant on the show, helping with set design and wardrobe. He says he was blown away when he finally saw the re creation of the chapel where Koresh, played by Taylor Kitsch,
preached to his hundreds of students.
chapel looked exactly like it did 25 years ago, Thibodeau says. was amazing. I remember I just went and I laid out on the stage for a while and just kind of took it in until Taylor Kitsch walked in. He said, come in here a lot trying to get in my character, and it’s really good to speak to you in here, sitting on the stage. That was pretty interesting. has only seen the first three episodes of the six part miniseries, but he says he is satisfied. The show got some small details wrong, he says, but he understands they were necessary to create drama.
The story has been told countless times. Most recently, ABC News gave it a go on an episode of Truth and Lies. Although Thibodeau was interviewed for that show, he calls it a piece. It sets a recording of someone saying, it,” to an image of the burning compound and claims the recording came from inside. An FBI agent interviewed says he believes Koresh or another Branch Davidian started the fire that killed those inside. “That’s six hours before the fire. Six hours. So if people were pouring fuel all around that building, then how come when the tanks started to go in the building to cause friction,
caused some sparks when it’s taken out the steel door at the front, when it’s ramming into bedrooms and possibly .
The media has gotten lots of things wrong, Thibodeau says. He never considered himself a Branch Davidian, he says; the first time he ever heard that term was on TV. He also never considered Koresh the messiah. Thibodeau says he believed Koresh was a prophet, but the people in the compound weren worshipping Koresh.
Thibodeau considered Koresh a friend but he wasn’t blind to his flaws. Koresh was married to several women, some quite young. Husbands and fathers gave away their wives and daughters to be with Koresh if that what Koresh wanted. Koresh fathered 12 children with his wives.
certainly was guilty of something, Thibodeau says. was either a polygamist or he was guilty of statutory rape. Probably both. Depends on how you look at it. You have to look at the legality. The bottom line is, at the time and I don’t know what the law is now marriage with parental consent was 14. That doesn’t make it right at all.
“I think it’s ridiculous, but all I can say to that is a Bible based community lives by the Bible, and that can be frightening in a lot of ways. That is a frightening book if you really break it apart. If that’s the only way that you’re looking at life, you’re going to be very one sided, and there’s going to be all kinds of justification in that scripture.