Branch Davidians

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Cult originating from the Seventh-day Adventist church. In the 1930s Victor Houteff claimed that he was God's new prophet for the church. His claims were not accepted and he left to form the Davidian Seventh-day Adventists, in 1959 a split of this movement formed the Branch Davidian Seventh-day Adventists, headed initially by Ben Roden.

In 1990 Vernon Howell took control of the group and changed his name to David Koresh. On February 28 1993 the ATF raided the Branch Davidian compound at Waco, Texas. An extended siege ended on April 19 when following an ATF assault the compound caught fire, killing eighty-six people including Koresh.