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Smithsonian Channel readies Waco siege doc

Smithsonian Channel will mark the 25th anniversary of one of the longest and deadliest standoffs in American history with an immersive documentary from ITN Productions. Waco: The Longest Siege will document ...
March 23, 2018

Smithsonian Channel will mark the 25th anniversary of one of the longest and deadliest standoffs in American history with an immersive documentary from ITN Productions.

Waco: The Longest Siege will document the deadly 1993 tragedy that claimed the lives of 75 members of religious group The Branch Davidians, including 25 children and their charismatic leader David Koresh.

Through unseen archive footage and firsthand accounts by survivors and key players from the investigation, the film provides an intimate portrait of 25-year-old Koresh (born Vernon Howell) and his Branch Davidian followers, while also uncovering the events that later unfolded between the religious group and American federal and Texas state law enforcement over a three-month period in the early 1990s.

Featured interviews in the one-off special include Bob Lott, then-editor of the Waco Tribune-Herald and Rod Aydelotte, the paper’s chief photographer; federal agents who struggled to unlock the sect’s secrets and investigate any suspected criminal activity by its mysterious leader; local law enforcement; and the McClellan County Sheriff.

Waco: The Longest Siege premieres April 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel.

ITN Productions’ Michael Welsh and Ian Russell serve as executive producers, with Chris Boulding as producer. David Royle and Charles Poe are executive producers for Smithsonian Channel.

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