David Koresh

Religious Leader

Birthday August 17, 1959

Birth Sign Leo

Birthplace Houston, TX

DEATH DATE Apr 19, 1993 (33)

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Remembered as the leader and self-proclaimed prophet of a sub-sect of the Branch Davidians, he rose to infamy in 1993 when, raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, his Waco, Texas compound caught on fire and he and over seventy of his followers perished.

Before Fame

He began his association with the Branch Davidians in 1982. The following year, he pronounced that he was a prophet and began recruiting followers.


He was investigated for multiple claims of statutory rape and child abuse.

Family Life

Born Vernon Wayne Howell in Houston, Texas, he later changed his name to David Koresh. He was legally married to a woman named Rachel Jones, and he fathered fifteen children through various relationships and marriages within his sect.

Associated With

Janet Reno, the United States Attorney General at the time of the 1993 raid of Koresh's Texas camp, approved the controversial final step in the raid, in which Branch Davidian members were to be forcibly removed from their compound (instead, a fire began, and dozens of Branch Davidians perished).