February 28, 1993 through March 7, 1993

March 8, 1993 through March 18, 1993

March 19, 1993 through March 31, 1993

April 1, 1993 through April 15, 1993

April 16, 1993 through April 19, 1993


  • MONDAY, MARCH 8:

    KORESH's wounds are said to be healing well. The FBI delivers six gallons of milk to the compound. SMERICK-YOUNG memo says strong show of force will play into KORESH's hands. GERSON passes his Waco portfolio on to Webster HUBBELL, an acting associate attorney general, who is briefed by the FBI. (Exact day is uncertain.) [Scruggs 60, 182, 240]

    A videotape of the children in the compound is sent out by the Davidians. The negotiators' log shows that, when the tape is reviewed, there is concern that if the tape is released to the media, KORESH would gain much sympathy. [Dennis 11]


  • TUESDAY, MARCH 9:

    At 2:15 a.m., the electricity to the compound is cut off. KORESH says he will not talk further until power is restored, and it is restored. SCHNEIDER expresses outrage over the movement of armored vehicles around the compound. HRT members see weapons in the windows, and firing ports being cut in plywood placed in the windows. SMERICK-YOUNG memo recommends various tactical measures. [Scruggs 60, 61, 183]

    On several occasions, tactical pressure is exerted on the Davidians either without consulting the negotiators or over the negotiators' objections. [Dennis 43]


  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10:

    Electricity is temporarily cut off again. Four and a half hours of negotiations yield no progress. [Scruggs 62, 63]


  • THURSDAY, MARCH 11:

    KORESH does not participate in negotiations until 7:03 p.m., and there is no progress in negotiations except a promise that Kathy SCHROEDER will come out the next day. [Scruggs 64, 65]


  • FRIDAY, MARCH 12:

    RENO is sworn in as Attorney General. SCHROEDER leaves the compound, saying no mass suicide would occur. Dr. John HAGMAN, a local physician, consults over the telephone. Over the objections of some FBI negotiators, JAMAR orders all electricity to be cut off for good, because "he wanted those inside the compound to experience the same wet and cold night as the tactical personnel outside." RENO is extensively briefed on Waco by FBI (Exact day is unclear) [Scruggs 65-67, 142, 240]

    The Davidians say the power shut-off is a "huge, huge setback," causing SCHNEIDER and others to change their minds about coming out. The justification for cutting the power is that it is going to be a very cold night and maximum effect would be gained in making the Davidians uncomfortable inside the compound. Also, cutting the power is designed to challenge KORESH's control of the situation and to raise the level of stress within the compound to force more departures. [Dennis 14]


  • SATURDAY, MARCH 13:

    SCHNEIDER complains that people inside the compound are cold and freezing. The FBI notifies KORESH that his mother has retained attorneys Richard DeGUERIN and Jack ZIMMERMAN to represent him. [Scruggs 68]


  • SUNDAY, MARCH 14:

    At nightfall the FBI begins to illuminate the compound with bright lights "to disrupt sleep, to put additional pressure on those inside and to increase the safety of the HRT." [ Scruggs 69]


  • MONDAY. MARCH 15:

    The FBI establishes a "modified negotiation strategy," continuing to insist on peaceful resolution but refusing to listen to any more of what they call "Bible babble." SCHNEIDER and another Davidian, Wayne MARTIN, meet outside the compound with SAGE and McLennan County Sheriff Jack HARWELL. [Scruggs 70]


  • TUESDAY, MARCH 16:

    During the day, conversations between the FBI and those in the compound amount to only 46 minutes. [Scruggs 71]


  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17:

    KORESH refuses to allow SCHNEIDER to have another face-to-face conversation with SAGE. In a "confrontational" conversation--what JAMAR called the "Dutch uncle conversation"--SAGE urges KORESH to surrender, challenging his sincerity and calling on him to take some positive action. SAGE tells SCHNEIDER his entreaties apparently had "fallen on deaf ears." With SAGE's agreement, JAMAR decides to increase the pressure on KORESH. SMERICK leaves Waco. [ Scruggs 72, 73, 135, 179]


  • THURSDAY, MARCH 18:

    The FBI broadcasts a message to those in the compound over a loudspeaker, saying they will be treated fairly if they come out. [Scruggs 73]

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