If you have Netflix, and you are big into true crime or documentaries, there is a really good chance that you know about the streaming service's new limited series about David Koresh and the Branch Davidians.

If you have Netflix on your phone, like I do, there is a really good chance that you got several notifications from the app telling you about the series.  Right?  Same here!

Over the last few days, I have been slowly working my way through the limited series.  Like many similar docu-series, it really focuses on just a handful of people.  A few of the key government agents, a couple of journalists who had direct involvement in the situation, a woman who seemingly still believes David Koresh was a prophet, and a guy named David Thibodeau - who seems kind of neutral.


Because of the balance of interviewees, the docu-series really has a balanced feel.  Here are some things the Branch Davidians could have done to prevent bloodshed, but here are some errors made by the government agents.


The Maine Connection

In the second episode of the show, we see that David Thibideau's mother has made the trip from Maine to the perimeter of the compound.  After seeing that, I decided to do a little digging.

It turns out that David Thibodeau is a native Mainer!

According to Wikipedia and Popsugar, David was born in Bangor in 1969.  After he graduated from Bangor High School in 1987, he had his mother made the move to Portland.  He was there for a few years before deciding to move to Los Angeles in order to pursue a career in the music business.

It was at an LA-area Guitar Center that David met David Koresh and several other members of the Branch Davidians.

As one of the only members of the Branch Davidians to escape the tragic end of the siege, Thibodeau testified at the Congressional Hearings on the matter.  During his testimony, he argued that there were non-violent ways that a warrant could have been served to Koresh.

In 1999, he wrote a memoir about his experience with the Branch Davidians and the siege.  The book is called A Place Called Waco: A Survivor's Story.

In the early 2000s, he was reportedly living in Bangor.  However, he has since moved back to Texas.


The Netflix Documentary

The documentary series consists of three episodes and has a total run time of less than three hours.  Yes, you should be able to crush the whole thing on a Saturday afternoon.

One of the amazing things about the show is that it includes so much video that has never been seen.  There is a pile of "B-Roll" footage from the newscasters that was never seen on TV.

Check out the trailer here:

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