God and the FBI

Waco is remembered most for the Branch Davidian scandal.

The Branch Davidians, if you don’t remember were a bunch of religious crazies. (Religious crazies… the term is repetitive. .)

As for the Davidians, David Koresh was their leader. He had changed his name to David so as to be a Daivid—ian and not just A Davidian, THE Davidian, their greatest and final prophet. He was right…. At least about the final part.

David’s mom was 14-year-old, Bonnie Sue Clark. Bonnie Sue Clark…Her name reminds me of  a country singer…Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Emmy Lou Harris.  They all had great voices, married drunken, abusive men and had a ton of misery in their lives. Bonnie Sue Clark was no different…except for the voice part… she was tone deaf. 

She did pretty well in the drunken cheating man selection though. Before Dave was born, Dave’s 20-year-old dad, abandon Bonnie Sue for a more tuneful teenager. His mom, true to her name, moved in with a violent alcoholic. 

David was gang raped by a bunch of older boys when he was 8. All in all, not a great childhood. 

 At 22, he was born-again, though you’d think that in his case, once would have been enough. He became a Southern Baptist, immediately falling in love with the pastor’s daughter.

While praying for guidance, Dave’s Bible fell open at Isaiah 34; “none should want for a mate.” He showed the pastor explaining that obviously God wanted Dave to have the pastor’s daughter. How much proof do you need? The pastor apparently needed more. He excommunicated Dave … so much for the milk of human kindness. I guess in some cases it’s better to burn than to marry.

Dave moved to Waco, naturally… it’s where all good and not so good crazies go. He joined the Branch Davidians, and claimed the gift of prophecy. Some say that Dave had a sexual relationship with Lois Roden, prophetess of the sect and a youthful 76 years old. Yuck. I’m sure she was a great woman, but still… yuck. Dave claimed that God had chosen him to father a child with Lois, who would be the Chosen One, though he never said chosen for what. 

Dave quarreled with Lois’ son George, Head of the Davidians. They both wanted to be God’s tool. But God has a very tiny belt with room for only a single tool. Dave lost. He and around 25 followers set up camp about 90 miles from Waco, at Palestine, Texas. Who names these places?

 After being exiled to Palestine, Dave and his followers eked out a primitive existence. By now (late 1987), George’s support was withering. To regain it, he challenged Dave to a raising the dead contest. Dave went to the authorities, tattling on George for illegally exhuming a corpse. The cops told him to prove it.

 Dave went to the Mount with seven armed followers to get a photo of the body. When the sheriff arrived, George had gunshot wounds and was pinned behind a tree. Dave and his followers were charged with attempted murder. But God intervened and a mistrial was declared.

A couple of years later a Davidian named Adair Dale stated his belief that he (Adair) was the true Messiah. George proved that Adair was not the Messiah by splitting his head in two with an axe. You really can’t ask for better proof. But poor George was none-the less hauled away, convicted of murder and imprisoned in a mental hospital in Vernon, TX.

When Dave and his followers returned to the Mt., they found a meth lab. No wonder these people were always seeing God.

  David was a prolific Messiah. He annulled all marriages within the Davidians. He had exclusive and regular relations with all the women, from age 14 up. He fathered at least fifteen children. I think he replaced the Meth lab with a Viagra Lab.

Actually, randyness really had nothing to do with it.

The House of David doctrine stated that the Messiah must father 24 children by chosen women in the community. Dave had finally, obviously become the tool.

Hearing that the Mt. might contain weapons the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) raided Mount Carmel. They felt that they should be the only ones to have weapons. The FBI agreed and came along to help.

Dave was seriously injured but he negotiated delays, so he could write religious documents.  Ignoring a video sent out by the Davidians explaining that they chose, of their own free will, to remain Federal negotiators treated the situation as a hostage crisis. In the FBI’s defense it was a lousy video. If it had included some sex and Messiah head splitting scenes it might have been more popular.

In attempting to force suspects out of a building, the police fired a gas canister into building.  The “gas canister landed on a sofa and burned down the entire structure.” Opps. There are tape-recording from inside Mt. Carmel because concealed in  milk cartons, that Dave had demanded be sent in for the children, the FBI had inserted tiny listening devices.

Years before David had preached that he would be martyred in the United States. So in a way he got his wish. God and the FBI work together in mysterious ways.


About E.E. King

E.E. King’s has published many short stories. Ray Bradbury calls E.E. King a writer “marvelously inventive, wildly funny and deeply thought provoking. I can not recommend her highly enough.” HER NEW COLLECTION new Collection of Short Fiction “Another Happy Ending,” comes out in October 2013. There is a book launch and party @ Ray Bradbury’s favorite Bookstore Mystery and Imagination Bookstore October 20th @ 2:00 -3:00pm Her first novel, Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife, came out 2010, released in Spanish in 2/2012. She is performing bits of "Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife, all you need to know to choose the right heaven.” (in costume) October 30th @ 7:30-8:30 @Echo Park in “Stories Book and Café.” 1716 West Sunset Blvd • Los Angeles • CA [213] 413-3733 The New Short Fiction Series, Los Angeles’ longest running spoken word series, launched her anthology, Real Conversations With Imaginary Friends, 1/2012. Sponsor, Barnes & Noble. All her books as well as her children’s book The Adventures of Emily Finfeather or The Feathernail and Other Gifts are currently available on audible. E.E. King is the recipient of various international writing, biology and painting grants. Her murals can be seen in Downtown Los Angeles and Spain. Elizabeth Eve King has a background in teaching, painting, theater, comedy and biology. She will be an artist in residence at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art June -Sept 2015 Ms. King is the recipient of two International Tides painting fellowships, and two international biology Earthwatch grants. She was an advisor for the J. Paul Getty’s and the Science Center’s, Arts &; Science program. She was the Science and Arts coordinator in Bosnia with Global Children’s Organization (a summer camp for war orphans and refugees) in 2000. She was the founding Arts & Sciences Director for Esperanza Community Housing Corporation . She’s worked with children in Bosnia, crocodiles in Mexico, frogs in Puerto Rico, egrets in Bali, mushrooms in Montana, archaeologists in Spain and planted butterfly gardens in South Central Los Angeles. The butterflies wish she had chosen a different location. Her short stories have been published widely
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