And, how did a
fellow rock musician become one of nine survivors of an FBI
siege on the Koresh commune in Waco, Texas?
A chance meeting.
met David Koresh met because of a common interest in music,
but as Thibodeau became caught up in the teachings of Koresh,
he found himself questioning his own reasoning for agreeing
to follow Koresh’s demands to join up with him. He loved
women and sex was an important part of his manhood. In spite
of this, he could not keep himself from joining the group
in Waco and agreeing to be a celibate member of Koresh’s
family. He even invited his mother to visit the commune and
see for herself that there was nothing wrong with it.
As the days went by, Thibodeau began to question Koresh’s
teachings and was aware of the community’s distrust
account of the Waco saga is slightly askew. He paints a picture
of a happy little group of waywardly rebellious people. Antiestablishment
people who at, meeting David Koresh, simply followed along
with his modest but intense spiritually led philosophies.
And, with no real direct intent of taking on the establishment,
simply wanted to be left alone.
And, of course,
most readers know that it turned into a horrific battle leading
to the deaths of innocent men, women, and children in what
has become one of the most historic cults in American history.
Waco is a first-person
account that is worth reading, if only to gain more of an
insider’s viewpoint of what went wrong. I found it both
interesting and compelling. The narration is very good and
does not distract from Thibodeau’s own account.