Federal authorities investigating the deadly sabotage derailment of an Amtrak train in Arizona said Tuesday they have no suspects or motive, but a note left at the scene begins with a poem about the women who died in the fire that ended the siege of the Branch Davidian sect’s compound near Waco, Texas.
As federal investigators scoured the remote desert site where several passenger cars of Amtrak’s Sunset Limited tumbled off a Southern Pacific trestle early Monday, killing a crewman and injuring dozens of people, specialists at the FBI began studying the note for clues.
Larry McCormick, acting special agent in charge of the FBI office in Phoenix, said at a news conference near the crash site that the investigation is “probably as big a one as we have ever done, excluding the Oklahoma City bombing.”
The note which was found near the wreck took responsibility for the sabotage in the name of Sons of Gestapo, a name unfamiliar to federal agents and others who follow radical groups, and contains critical references to the FBI, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and various Arizona authorities.
It also mentions the federal siege near Waco, which ended April 19, 1993, with dozens of Davidians being killed, as well as a bloody confrontation between federal agents and Randy Weaver in 1992 at Ruby Ridge, Idaho.
Authorities said the note begins with a poem about Waco, describing women saying prayers and having to light kerosene lanterns on the second floor of the compound because the government had cut off the electricity during the 51-day standoff.
The note asks who is policing the police and proposes a new agency to oversee law enforcement.
The Davidians used kerosene lamps and continued regular prayer sessions after the government had turned off their electricity to pressure them to surrender.