David Koresh & the Branch Davidians: 5 Odd Facts from the Debacle on Its 20th Anniversary

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2. You have to find your niche in Hollywood.
The most well-known film version of the events in Waco is Ambush in Waco: In the Line of Duty, a film that delved so deeply into the various issues surrounding the Branch Davidians that it took weeks, if not months, to write, cast and shoot, coming out in 1993.

Tim Daly played Koresh, but more important, the soundtrack was by Mark Snow.

So what, you say? You've never heard of Mark Snow? Well, sir, it turns out Snow is your go-to guy when you want a soundtrack for your creepy-guy movie. Among his credits: Helter Skelter (the, ummm, 2004 version), She's Too Young, D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear, Dirty Pictures, A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story, Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick, the Last Chapter, The Danger of Love: The Carolyn Warmus Story, Mr. Murder and Wife, Mother, Murderer.

We're pretty sure if you turn on the Lifetime channel at any time, you're going to hear Snow's music. So if you're going for the whole fem-jep angle on a Koresh movie, let's just say you got this guy on speed dial.

1. You wouldn't have seen this.

The raid on Koresh's compound was a well-planned event, or at least it was supposed to be. But it was the feds deciding when to go ahead, not Koresh.

We imagine that any president, of any party, would have "media relations" as a big part of the planning. Reporters would be kept well away, tempted by command-post press conferences and hand-outs, and the skies over Waco would have had a drone or two checking things out.

Instead of the haphazard "planning" that went into selling the feds' side of the story to the public (and really, how do you come off as the unsympathetic side when you're dealing with a child rapist and abuser?), today's raid would be a well-oiled media event, storyboarded like a Hitchcock movie, focus-grouped like a new car roll-out and obsessed over in a way that Stanley Kubrick would find over the top.

Hell, everyone would be more concerned about what's happening on The Voice and Dancing with the Stars anyway.

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Scykhal
Scykhal

Mark Snow:  "X-Files" & "Millennium"...

MadMac
MadMac topcommenter

Yeah, I'm getting back to work now.

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