Branch Davidian David Thibodeau's Account

David Thibodeau is one of the nine people whom the Department of Justice identifies as having survived the inferno at the Mt. Carmel Center on April 19, 1993. In a recorded interview in July, 1995, Waco Remembrance co-ordinator Carol A. Valentine talked with David Thibodeau concerning the fate of the mothers and children whose bodies were found in the concrete room.

David first said that he had seen no women and children on April 19; when asked who told them to go into the concrete room, David said he did not know. He did, however, say that the mothers took the children there to protect them from the gas attack.

David said that the mothers had gas masks, and that the children had no gas masks. To protect their children from the gas, David said that the mothers had buckets of water and cloths and with them; the mothers dunked the cloths into the buckets of water, and covered the children's faces with cloths. When asked how he knew what was going on in the concrete room/pantry during that morning, David replied that one of the mothers came out and told him, and that he did not remember which mother.

The Texas Ranger in charge of the crime scene and excavating the concrete room, Sgt. Raymond Coffman, did not report finding any buckets when he testified at the 1994 San Antonio trial of the Branch Davidians. The Autopsy Reports do not indicate any buckets were found in the concrete room near the bodies, and do not mention any traces of gas masks on or near the bodies.

See also Waco Survivor's Story(s) --True of False?

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Many people who distrust the mainstream media have turned to alternate news sources, some of which are Internet based.  Unfortunately, many of these alternate sources of news simply promote an alternate series of lies.  These alternate lies are of course dressed up as "exposés."  But you can easily tell the phonies from the real thing.  The information in the Waco Holocaust Electronic Museum is an acid test.

Does your news source promote Mike McNulty's video, Waco: The Rules of Engagement or wring its hands because the Davidian law suit against the government failed?  (See Waco Documentary Is A Hoax! and Waco Suits for Waco Suckers.) Does your alternate news source carry promotional pieces about rebuilding the Davidian church in Waco and mouth nice words about "healing"?  (See The Cover-up Church.)

Remember, since ancient times, inquiries into questionable deaths have started with the bodies of the victims.  If your news source won't give you an honest and full account of the forensic information on Waco, or if it does not have a link to the Waco Holocaust Electronic Museum ... your alternate news has failed a fundamental acid test.   

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This page last updated February 28, 2001.