Kiwi 'treated like a prisoner' by infamous cult leader David Koresh speaks out

  • 08/01/2018

A New Zealander who spent four months locked up by a Texas cult leader has told her tale for the first time.

Grace Adams' ordeal at the Branch Davidian headquarters in Waco is detailed in CBS News' Secrets of Waco documentary, which marks 25 years since the sect's deadly stand-off with law enforcement.

Cult leader David Koresh had made a name for himself worldwide by the '90s, grabbing the attention of a 29-year-old Ms Adams.

"I was very excited about meeting this prophet," she told CBS News.

However, after arriving with her 21-year-old sister, Ms Adams found things were very different. Women were expected to have sex with Mr Koresh, with some as young as 12 forced to have intercourse.

Members of the Branch Davidian cult.
Members of the Branch Davidian cult. Photo credit: Getty

Ms Adams was so frightened about the prospect that she offered herself to Mr Koresh, but instead was placed in solitary confinement under 24-hour surveillance and fed from a bowl.

"I was treated like a prisoner ... My mind did get messed up," she said.

Ms Adams was eventually let go after four months, but spent more than two weeks in a psychiatric ward before flying back to New Zealand.

In 1993, more than 70 Branch Davidian followers were killed, including nearly two dozen children, in a 51-day stand-off between the cult and law enforcement.

The stand-off ended in tragedy.
The stand-off ended in tragedy. Photo credit: Reuters

Ms Adams' sister, Rebecca, had remained behind and was killed in the blaze that destroyed the compound.

Survivors said lanterns knocked over by federal tanks started the fire but government reports concluded the followers ignited the fatal blaze.

The event remains one of the deadliest confrontations between federal law enforcement agents and civilians in US history.

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