and becomes a member of the Green Berets.
||While back in
Dodge, Iowa, on leave from Fort Bragg, Randy resumes
Jordison, a confident 21-year-old from Coalville, Iowa.
||Randy and Vicki
marry in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
||Living in Cedar
Falls, Iowa, Vicki gives birth to the couple's first
visions of her and her future family living on a
mountaintop where they
would be safe from the coming Apocalypse. The Weavers form
study group and begin to worry about "ZOG" (Zionist
Government). Randy starts collecting guns and Vicki
self-sufficiency and survivalist techniques.
||As the Weavers
a search for a mountaintop retreat, Vicki gives birth to a
a second daughter, Rachel.
their Iowa home and head west, finding and buying a
20-acre parcel on
Ruby Ridge in northern Idaho.
construction on their cabin and begin living on Ruby
Weavers home school their children.
a fatherless and troubled teenager named Kevin
Weavers begin adopting racist views, finding justification
for them in
their interpretations of the Bible. They begin
association to those who hold like-minded views.
||Randy meets an
undercover ATF agent and allegedly sells him two sawed-off
offer to drop firearms charges against Randy if he agrees
to be an
informant concerning illegal activities of members of the
Nations, a white supremacist organization with a
stronghold in northern
Idaho. Randy refuses the offer and notifies the
headquarters that the government is attempting to
federal firearms charges.
arrest Randy at gunpoint as he and Vicki traveled down the
purchase supplies. Randy is jailed for a day, then
letter informing him that his trial has been scheduled for
though the actual date was February 20.
show up for his court date, he is declared a fugitive and
a warrant for
his arrest is issued.
threatening letters (e.g., "The tyrant's blood will flow")
agencies. The Weavers do not leave their land during
months after Randy was declared a fugitive.
a third daughter, Elisheba.
||U. S. marshals
plain clothes) drive up the road to Weavers' cabin, but
are stopped at
gunpoint by Randy who informs them they are
||A U. S.
Special Operations Group ("SOG") sets up a command post
active surveillance of the Weaver property.
||As a three-man
team, armed with cameras and weapons, hikes around
the Weavers' dog begins barking. The Weavers leave
their cabin to
investigate. When Kevin Harris and Sammy Weaver come
to within a
few yards of agent William Degan, he points a gun at them
"Stop! U.S. Marshal!" Harris responds by fatally
with his rifle, prompting fellow marshal Larry Cooper to
times at Harris. A third nearby marshal, Arthur
and kills the Weaver dog ("Striker"), fearing that it
would give away
his position. The shooting of the dog prompts Sammy
fire at the marshal. Cooper then fires at Sammy, killing
Harris retreats to the Weaver cabin. By nightfall,
Ruby Ridge is
crawling with agents from U. S. Marshals Office, the
Border Patrol, the State Police, the FBI, and the Idaho
||The FBI revises
rules of engagement to allow agents to fire at Weaver if
he can be shot
without endangering others. A crowd on
including many anti-government activists begins gathering
Ridge. Television crews set up camp. When the
decide to leave their cabin for a nearby shed, where they
Sammy's body, FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi fires at Randy,
hitting him in
the right arm. The Weavers run back to the
cabin. As Vicki,
holding her baby in her arms, stands next to the cabin
fires a bullet that passes through Vicki's head and hits
Harris in the
||As agents are
process of destroying out buildings around the Weaver
discover Sammy Weaver's body.
calls out to the Weavers, asking Vicki (who he does not
know has died)
whether she would like to let her children out for
government robot tries to take a telephone into the Weaver
Randy warns that he will shoot the robot and the robot
||The FBI brings
Colonel Bo Gritz, a decorated Viet Nam vet associated with
causes, to Ruby Ridge to negotiate a surrender.
||On the day
Kevin Harris has surrendered to get desperately needed
attention, and after Randy had been promised
representation by famed
defense lawyer Gerry Spence, the Weavers surrender to
Randy Weaver and Kevin Harris opens in the federal
courthouse in Boise
before Judge Edward Lodge. U. S. Attorney Ron Howen
opening statement for the government.
||On the fourth
the trial, during a siege of a religious compound near
Waco, Texas, a
fire breaks out and eighty members of the Branch Davidian
killed. Jurors in the Weaver trial are told to
begin in the Ruby Ridge trial.
||After a lengthy
deliberation, the jury acquits Harris and Weaver of
charges relating to
the murder of agent Degan. Weaver is convicted on
charge of failing to appear in court on his 1991 weapons
||Randy Weaver is
sentenced to 18 months in prison (14 of which he had now
Kevin Harris file a $300 million civil suit against the U.
government for the wrongful deaths of Sammy and Vicki
Department of Justice report on the Ruby Ridge case is
leaked to the
||The U. S.
pays Weaver $3.1 million in compensation for the killing
of his wife
Committee holds hearings on the Ruby Ridge case.
and says, "If I had it to do over again, I would come down
for my court appearance." He criticized the
bringing no one to justice for the shooting of his wife.
Attorney for Boundary County charges FBI sniper Lon
involuntary manslaughter in connection with death of Vicki
Court of Appeals allows prosecution to go forward against
holding that federal agents are not necessarily immune
prosecutors drop involuntary manslaughter charges against
in connection with the shooting of Vicki Weaver.