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November 28 1999 I was one of only nine survivors of the Waco blaze -- 74 men women and children died -- and Ive devoted the last six years to understanding what happened there Back in 1990 I had been drumming in a stagnant Los Angeles rock band when I met and befriended David Koresh I needed some new drumsticks and on the way to a gig stopped in at the Guitars R Us on Sunset Boulevard Seeing the sticks in my hand two strangers introduced themselves and asked if I was playing in a band The two were David Koresh and Steve Shumacher the closest thing Koresh had to a deputy Schumacher gave me his card and I promptly handed it back The backside was full of Bible verses You guys are a Christian band I said I had never been religious in my life but I was curious There were questions that I wanted answers to Schumacher and Koresh werent pushy and made it clear that all they really were looking for right now was a drummer Id like to play some music with you Koresh said and see where we can go from there My band was going nowhere and Koresh intrigued me So I took the card back and a few days later gave him a call Over the next weeks I hung out with Koresh and some other musicians in his band I got to know Koresh and was tremendously impressed Having never paid much attention to the Bible I was astonished to find that it actually did have some relevance to my life And while Koresh had never gotten much in the way of formal education it was clear that his knowledge of and insight into the scriptures was remarkable That fall I went out to Waco to play music and meet the larger community The people at Mount Carmel were extremely involved in knowing and
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