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

  • FRIDAY, MARCH 19:

    In a purported attempt to address some of the Davidians' concerns, the FBI delivers to the compound legal documents, letters from KORESH's attorneys and other items. KORESH says he is ready to come out and face the music. Two Davidians, Brad BRANCH and Kevin WHITECLIFF, come out of the compound. [Scruggs 75]


  • SATURDAY, MARCH 20:

    Another Davidian, Rita RIDDLE, comes out of the compound. [Scruggs 76]


  • SUNDAY, MARCH 21:

    At 12:15 a.m., two more women, Victorine HOLLINGSWORTH and Annetta RICHARDS, exit the compound. KORESH says, "I told you that my God says wait." Rita RIDDLE, Gladys OTTMAN, Sheila MARTIN, James LAWTON, and Ofelia SANTOYA come out. In the evening hours the FBI begins playing very loud music, including Tibetan chants, over the loudspeaker system. At 11:35 p.m. KORESH says: "Because of the loud music, nobody is coming out." A short while later, the loudspeaker system malfunctions, and the night ends quietly. [ Scruggs 76-79]


  • MONDAY, MARCH 22:

    SCHNEIDER expresses his anger about the loud music. The negotiators attempt to calm him by blaming the FBI tactical agents. JAMAR calls a meeting of the crisis management team to discuss strategy, discussing "stress escalation measures." If that fails, the negotiators "recommend the introduction of tear gas as a non-lethal alternative to clear the compound." The negotiators' advisory, however, predicts KORESH will stall as long as possible but sees a good "prospect of an eventual peaceful resolution." The FBI reads a new offer to KORESH, allowing him to communicate while in jail, among other things, provided all Davidians begin leaving the compound as of 10 a.m. on March 23. [ Scruggs 79-80, 137, 138]


  • TUESDAY, MARCH 23:

    At 10:05 a.m., Livingstone FAGAN leaves the compound, the last one out during the standoff. Assistant US Attorney William JOHNSTON of Waco writes a letter to RENO, complaining about the FBI's handling of the crime scene, especially the moving of vehicles around the compound. At 10 p.m., the FBI shines floodlights on the compound and plays over the loudspeaker tapes of previous negotiations and messages from those who had exited the compound. [Scruggs 81-81, 232, 251]


  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24:

    In wee hours, FBI plays Tibetan chants, Christmas music. Angered by music, SCHNEIDER refuses to talk further. At the daily 10:30 a.m. press briefing the FBI escalates its verbal assault against KORESH, calling him a liar and coward. [Scruggs 82-84]


  • THURSDAY, MARCH 25:

    FBI ultimatum: 10 to 20 people must leave by 4 p.m., or some action will be taken. At 4 p.m., armored vehicles move into the compound and remove motorcycles and go-carts. [ Scruggs 84-85]


  • FRIDAY, MARCH 26:

    Lights, music and helicopter activity occur throughout the night. FBI issues another ultimatum, and armored vehicles began clearing the front side of the compound. [ Scruggs 87]


  • SATURDAY, MARCH 27:

    No conversations with KORESH for third straight day. [ Scruggs 87, 88]


  • SUNDAY, MARCH 28:

    Another FBI ultimatum. At 12:26 p.m., KORESH says that he had no intention to die and he was waiting for word from God. A call from Dick DeGUERIN is patched in to the compound. A videotape sent out from the compound shows 19 children looking tired but healthy. [Scruggs 89]


  • MONDAY, MARCH 29:

    Over the objections of the assistant US attorneys and Texas Rangers, JAMAR decides to allow a face-to-face meeting between KORESH and DeGUERIN. For almost two hours in the afternoon, the two men meet at the door of the compound. [Scruggs 91, 92]


  • TUESDAY, MARCH 30:

    There are two more meetings between KORESH and DEGUERIN. [Scruggs 93]


  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31:

    Mark RICHARD, the deputy assistant attorney general representing RENO, holds meetings in Waco and San Antonio to look into Waco officials' infighting. DeGUERIN reports to JAMAR that he is "frustrated" in his attempt to negotiate KORESH's surrender. [Scruggs 93]


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