A Sonic Autopsy of the Waco Siege


The fifty-one day siege, which began on 28 February 1993, is legally predicated upon the sect’s suspected weapons violations. Initially triggered by a neighbour’s complaint to the local sheriff—of noises that sounded like machine-gun fire—it is this report that sets the tone as the ‘occult performance of the state of siege’1 unfolds ‘as a series of uniquely audio events’…