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Most people first heard of David Koresh the charismatic leader of the religious sect that came to be called The Branch Dividians and the Dividians themselves in February of 1993 but the Branch Dividians had existed for fifty years before Koresh was even born They were a break off of the Seven Day Adventists Church and were originally lead by a man by the name of Victor Halhead They were formed in 1935 and based their lives around the belief that God would once again visit them in the form of a living profit Halhead claimed to be this prophet and relocated the group from California to Mount Carmel which is located 10 miles outside of Waco Texas They studied the Bible as literal truth The book of Revelation and its cryptic seven seals The Christians believe that the seven seals tell Gods plan for the sequence of events leading up to Judgment Day and can only be deciphered by a messiah who would come near the end of days Five years after Halheads death the Dividians gathered at Mount Carmel believing Armageddon the final fight between good and evil described within the Bible was close at hand The Dividian church almost disappeared after that but Bill and Lois Roden kept a small group together After Bills death Lois continued on and began training a young Vernon Howell as her understudy When Lois Roden died a power struggle between Vernon and Loiss son George began for leadership The majority backed Howell When Roden chased them away at gunpoint they temporarily lived in Palistine Texas sleeping in rusted out buses and tents But in late 1987 Howell returned with seven male followers dressed in camouflage and armed with five 223 caliber semi-automatic assault rifles two 22 caliber rifles two twelve-gauge shotguns and nearly four hundred rounds ammunition During the gunfight Roden was shot in the chest and handswwwdisinfocom Vernon and his followers were put
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