Vernon Wayne Howell
1959 - Born in Houston, Texas on the 17th of August.
1955 - They had established their headquarters at a ranch about 10 miles out of Waco, which they called the Mount Carmel Center.
1981 - He moved to Waco, Texas where he joined the Branch Davidians, a religious group originating from a schism in the 1950s from the Shepherd's Rod, themselves excommunicated members of the Seventh day Adventist Church.
1983 - He began claiming the gift of prophecy. Koresh then had an affair with Lois Roden, the prophetess and leader of the sect who was then in her late sixties, eventually claiming that God had chosen him to father a child with her, who would be the Chosen One.
- Roden allowed Koresh to begin teaching his own message which caused controversy in the group. Lois Roden's son George intended to be the group's next leader, and considered Koresh an interloper.
1985 - Koresh travelled to Israel and it was there that he had a vision that he was the modern day Cyrus. The founder of the Davidian movement.
1986 - In September, Koresh began to preach that he was entitled to 140 wives, sixty women as his "queens" and eighty as concubines, which he based upon his interpretation of the Biblical Song of Solomon.
1991 - He was convinced that his martyrdom would be in the United States. Instead of Israel, he said the prophecies of Daniel would be fulfilled in Waco and that the Mount Carmel center was the Davidic kingdom.
1993 - Died on the 19th of April in Mount Carmel, Waco.
Page last updated: 4:14am, 20th Apr '07