New book suggests Florida cult inspired Waco’s David Koresh

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Journalist Jeff Guinn says he’s found new evidence that Texas cult leader David Koresh was a fake who plagiarized the prophecies of a long-forgotten Fort Myers man.

  • Guinn’s new book, “Waco: David Koresh, the Branch Dividians, and a Legacy of Rage,” timed to release near the 30th anniversary of the notorious 1993 siege in Waco, Texas, traces the “prophecies” of the ill-fated Branch Davidian leader back to the banks of the Estero River at the turn of the last century.

Flashback: In the 1890s, a man named Cyrus Reed Teed, who proclaimed himself to be the Messiah, moved with some followers from Chicago to 300 riverside acres in Fort Myers.

  • There, the “eclectic” physician and alchemist, who identified himself by the single name Koresh, built a following of hundreds while proclaiming through a newsletter that the End Times were coming and he would be transformed, and his followers would be treated well in the afterlife.

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  1. Many cult leaders copy the teachings, practices and ideology of other cult leaders. For example, NXIVM founder Keith Raniere copied Scientology.

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