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Selections from journalist Dick Reavis’ research into the raid, siege and burning of the Branch Davidians’ Mount Carmel Center near Waco, Texas by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) and the FBI, as well as background on the Branch Davidian religious sect who lived there. The main purpose of the investigation was for his book, The Ashes of Waco, although Reavis’ research went beyond the book’s publication as his role as an investigator/expert expanded. For example, included are audio tapes from Reavis’ research for his “Politics of Armageddon” article. The "Ashes of Waco" digital collection provides a sample of the documents, cassette tapes, video tapes, and images in the Waco Investigation portion of the Dick Reavis Papers. There are additional materials cataloged here which were not digitized; please contact the Wittliff Collections for access to these materials. Materials created by the federal government are in the public domain; all other material may fall under copyright protection. For any use outside of fair use, please consult the Wittliff Collections publication and use policy, available at

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