Waco, on Netflix

If you’ve been on Netflix lately, you’ve probably seen some hype about the show Waco. It’s a six-part series featuring Taylor Kitsch and landing in the “Top 10” section of Netflix, what’s not to like?

Well, if you love the American Crime Story from FX (like the OJ Simpson miniseries or the Versace one), you will most definitely love this as well.

This is based on a true story from the 1990s about a cult on a huge plot of land in TX who gets infiltrated by the ATF. A shootout ensues, leaving many on both sides wounded. The standoff lasts for more than a month, but you’ll have to watch the show (or read some articles below) to find out who wins and who survives.

The Branch Davidians are a sect of radical Christians with their own prophet, who take the book of Revelations literally. They think of this attack from the government as a part of an impending apocalypse. Their leader, David Koresh (who is played by Kitsch), tells them messages from God and makes decisions for the group. He also claims that God told him to take multiple wives, so he marries a few women from the group, even ones that are already married to another Branch Davidian.

If you want to find out more about the cult itself, look here:

https://www.menshealth.com/entertainment/a32290333/branch-davidians-waco-netflix/

https://www.history.com/news/waco-siege-what-happened-little-known-facts

If you want to learn more about other cults:

the Hulu show “Cults and Extreme Beliefs” interviews survivors and members of several different cults, including some from Tennessee.

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