The UPS driver who supplied David Koresh, is sharing his story publicly about his part of lengthy standoff that took place in 1993 in Waco, Texas.
The driver delivered to the Branch Davidian compound its leader, high-powered weaponry, including grenades, nearly 25 years ago.
Four ATF agents and six Davidians were killed during the initial two-hour firefight, both sides claiming the other side fired first. The subsequent siege by the FBI ended when cult members burned the center, where Koresh and 79 others were found dead after the conflagration.
As the standoff continued, Koresh, who was seriously injured by a gunshot wound, along with his closest male leaders, negotiated delays, possibly so he could write religious documents he said he needed to complete before he surrendered. His conversations with the negotiators were dense with biblical imagery. The federal negotiators treated the situation as a hostage crisis.
The driver said that he still struggles with the knowledge that the orders he delivered were ultimately used to perpetuate such an act of violence.
While Gilbreath knew at the time he was delivering firearms, he revealed that it was not until after the standoff that he learned the extent of the firepower he had been bringing to the compound.
In addition to powerful rifles and ammunition, he later found out that “even a grenade launcher” was among the packages he delivered. Koresh reportedly took a personal interest in making sure the packages he ordered arrived.
Roughly “75 percent of the time,” Gilbreath said the cult leader would come out to greet him and sign for the deliveries.
He acknowledged that he “thought it was a little strange that religious people would be ordering guns.”
As he continued to make the deliveries, he noticed the packages became noticeably heavier. There was one incident, though, that prompted him to alert authorities.
When he spotted an open box destined for the compound, Gilbreath said he noticed it was filled with hand grenades. That happened more than a year before the gun battle, he explained.
The 51-day siege of Mount Carmel Center ended on April 19 when U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno approved recommendations of FBI officials to proceed with a final assault in which the Branch Davidians were to be removed from their building by force. In an attempt to flush Koresh from the stronghold, FBI resorted to playing Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’.”