Criminal Minds

Season 3 Episode 7


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 07, 2007 on CBS



  • Allusions

    • Waco, Texas

      Rossi mentions that all anyone remembers is the death of a woman at Ruby Ridge, not the deaths of 80 people in Waco, Texas. On February 28, 1993, when ATF agents attempted to execute arrest warrants for David Koresh at the Branch Davidian Compound in Waco, Texas, shots rang out, leaving 4 agents dead and 16 wounded. The FBI HRT arrived on the scene and took over, and began a long period of negotiation to attempt a peaceful resolution of the situation. Koresh promised to surrender again and again, but never followed through. Even though profilers advised long-term negotiations might be counter-productive, FBI administrators and Janet Reno approved a continuous dialogue with Koresh and others for weeks. Finally, on April 16, after warning the compound about the impending tear gas attack over loudspeakers, and giving the people in the compound many chances to surrender, the FBI began the tear gas attacks. A few hours later, the Branch Davidians began starting simultaneous fires around the compound. When all the buildings had been searched and evacuated, 80 people inside the compound had been killed - most by the fires, or from fallen debris as the buildings collapsed.