The phenomenon of true crime that encompasses popular culture has revived the most harrowing crimes, characters and scandals of recent decades. The Menéndez brothers received the complete treatment Law & Order . O.J. Simpson and Marcia Clark won an Emmy-winning FX drama. Amanda Knox obtained a Netflix documentary. And JonBenét Ramsay, on one occasion last year, had five different television projects dedicated to her. So it's not terribly surprising that David Koresh – the polygamist and the self-proclaimed Messiah in the seige center of Waco, one of the worst failures of the government of the last century – also got a close-up of the cable. What is unique, however, is the way in which Waco creators John Erick and Drew Dowdle ( Devil No Escape ) The 19659002 Koresh won the infamy in 1993 when the media reported on the manipulative influence he had on his followers, who lived in the Mount Carmel complex in Waco, Texas. . For example, he recruited girls as young as 12 as his wives and reportedly had more than a dozen children. He insisted that male followers remain celibate and stockpile an arsenal of automatic assault weapons for what authorities believe is a malicious battle. When the authorities raided the complex in February 1993, it resulted in seven deaths and a 51-day confrontation that ended when a fire killed more than 70 men, women and children.
When exchanging ideas about the miniseries, the Dowdles quickly realized that they wanted the public to sympathize with the Branch Davidians, who lost their external lives to follow Koresh, they would have to shed some light on the magnetism of the leader. cult, by complex that outside.
Waco stars Taylor Kitsch ( Friday Night Lights ) in the role of Koresh, and situates the character, especially in the first episodes, as a carefree leader who meet with children in the complex. The sympathy for Koresh came courtesy of the survivor of Waco David Thibodeau a consultant in the series played on the screen by Rory Culkin . ( Waco is also based in part on the memoirs of Gary Noesner an FBI negotiator interpreted by Michael Shannon .)
"Thibodeau helped us to understand Koresh had a sense of humor, played the electric guitar and sang at a local bar, "said John. "It seemed to be much lighter than how it was characterized." At the same time, there were really horrible and dark things that he did. He was definitely narcissistic and definitely used an abusive strategy to keep everyone alerted. "
" He was a battered child, his mother was 14 when he had him, and he created this strange world so that he could never be. "Abandoned again, layers and layers of people, all united to him," he said. John "We try to explore David in a way that you're never sure what to do with him … to continue digging into what he was."
"There are some really dark sides with him, and he was guilty of some terrible things," Drew said. "But at the same time, for the people who knew him, he was not Charles Manson, he had this attraction and he was a very nice guy: what one would expect someone who could gather a flock like this and get them to compromise their But one thing that surprised me is how well informed I was … Many followers first became acquainted with David through these pirated cassette tapes that circulated in biblical circles.They listened to these tapes and said: "Wow! , the interpretation of this type of scripture and the book of Revelation in particular is unlike anything I've heard. "They had to go to Waco to hear this guy talk, it was like he was a biblical scholar."
The Dowdle brothers, who were in high school and college when the Siege of Waco developed, said that, at that time, they never questioned the narrative of the media: that the Branch Davidians had been storing weapons for malicious purposes . But after four years of exhaustive investigative reading interviews, affidavits, negotiation transcripts, deeds and autopsy reports, a more complicated portrait emerged.
"You can debate about how bad David Koresh was, but there were 150 other people in that compound who were good people … Fortunately, people will reconsider this story and they will look back and say, maybe they were not just brainwashed" said Eric about the victims. "They were human beings who had families and had a commitment to God that we can not necessarily understand, but it does not make them worthy of what happened to them."
To demonstrate that the experience in the complex before February 1993 was not entirely negative, the brothers shared an anecdote. On the first day that Thibodeau visited the Mount Carmel complex, which was meticulously recreated on a scale of the complex images, his reaction surprised the cast and crew.
"He went in and went directly to the chapel," John said. "He said:" My God, this looks exactly like the chapel. "Then he looked up at the stage and said:" There's my battery. "He had tears in his eyes and he got on the drums and I just played this ten minute solo. "