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The Writings of Amo Roden

I am making available these writings by Amo Roden: four chapters of her autobiography about the 1987-88 showdown between David Koresh and George Roden, another except dealing with a 1994 incident with Ron Cole, and a brief tract on the latest developments in the legal battle for Mt. Carmel.

Amo Roden is the ex-wife of George Roden, David's rival for leadership of the Branch. About June 1993, she noticed that authorities were no longer guarding the site, and moved onto Mt. Carmel to begin a one-woman occupation, to the consternation of the survivors. However, she believed that she was now the legitimate leader, not George. Her up-and-down battle to remain on Mt. Carmel will not be detailed here, but she is still fighting up to this point.

Amo Roden, April 19, 1997Those who have been following Waco are split on Amo. Some take the side of the survivors in this matter, just as they do in the battle with the government. They regard her as a parasite living off visitors to Mt. Carmel, and- since those visitors would not be coming if it were not for the tragedy- a vulture feeding off the deaths of women and children. Others sympathize with her dedication and tenacity, seeing in her quixotic battle a microcosm of the clash between David's students and the federal government. Indeed, many of those who have helped her have also helped the survivors.

Amo has told the story of her life, and her battle to stay on Mt. Carmel, in a series of self-published books. Cracking the Coverup relates her story from the early 1980s to late 1994, shortly before a dustup with Ron Cole. Although she has reused the title for some of her tracts, as a book it was largely superceded by The Second Standoff. It revises some of the material in her earlier book, and extends her story in both directions, telling more about her earlier life and updating her struggle for the property, as well as reprinting many of her religious pamphlets. On my latest anniversary trip, I learned of two more books: Babylon Is Fallen: The Legacy of David Koresh, which I have not had the opportunity to see, and her latest work, Scrapbook of a Protest. Throughout these last years, she has also been writing several pamphlets and tracts.

At the end of Standoff, Amo writes, "I don't mind if this book is bootlegged, because it's important that Americans see it... If you don't come by this book in an authorized way, I hope you'll send a dollar or so to me or my church." Thus, I felt free to post excerpts from her book, dealing with the crucial time in 1987-1988 when the struggle between George Roden and Vernon Howell (David Koresh) came to a head.

Amo Roden did me a favor on my 2001 trip, so in return I will be posting information on her Scrapbook. Also, Ron Cole brought his website back online, including his account of the 1994 incident with Amo. Since she doesn't have her own website, I let her give her side of things by posting another excerpt from The Second Standoff. In the future, I may post more of her book, but I doubt I will post all of it. This will give those who want to read her full story an incentive to buy her book.

Unfortunately, she no longer has copies of the book, and has doubts about whether she will reprint it. She does have many tracts, that cover much of the ground in her book, but you will have to go to Mt. Carmel to get them!

I have added one of her tracts briefly discussing the court battle for the Mt. Carmel property. Again, I feel the survivors have been able to get their side of the story out, and posting Amo's paper is in the interests of fairness.

For those who may wish to write her, the address is:
 

3140 Elk Road
Waco, TX 76705

BY POSTING HER ACCOUNT, I AM IN NO WAY ENDORSING IT AS THE "TRUE" STORY.

This is the table of contents from The Second Standoff. There is also a large appendix featuring religious writings.
TABLE OF CONTENTS

WHAT'S IN THIS BOOK
EAGER
MAINE
BOSTON
LANDED IMMIGRANT STATUS
DIVORCE
TEXAS
JEFFREY
STANLEY COMES HOME
JOHN TIMOTHY BAILEY
GEORGE RODEN Meeting, and marrying, George
THE BRANCH DAVIDIAN WARS, PART 1 Davidian history according to Amo
THE BRANCH DAVIDIAN WARS, PART 2 Shootout!
TWO TRIALS AND A TAKEOVER Vernon Howell seizes Mt. Carmel
ZELLA AMO
MORE TRIALS
TOM DRAKE
BACK IN THE WAR
DUE PROCESS OF LAW
STANDOFF
TO THE STREETS
BACK IN THE COURTS
JOHN ELLIS
JAMES RAY
WELCOME TO THE REAL AMERICA
HOLD THE LINE, ONE MORE TIME
FRIENDS AND ENEMIES
THE CONCERT
MR. HOOD'S CHRISTIAN CHURCH
ALLIGATOR SMILE
BETRAYAL
A TALENT OF LEAD
POLITICAL PRISONERS
THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY
DRIVING MISS AMO
ANOTHER DAY IN COURT
SOME BRANCH DAVIDIANS RETURN
I WAS FRAMED The Ron Cole standoff
HOOD STRIKES AGAIN
FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM
THE LOUD CRY MUSEUM
THE OKLAHOMA BOMBING
TAKING TOURS
POLITICAL PRISONER PROTEST DAY
WELCOME HOME, TOM DRAKE
THE SECOND STANDOFF MUSEUM
THE FIRES


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