Waco, the Big Lie is a 1993 American documentary film directed by Linda Thompson that presents video based on facts analysis regarding the Waco siege.
The first film made about the Waco siege, “Waco, the Big Lie” gained significant notoriety when it was viewed during the trial of American domestic ‘terrorist’ Timothy McVeigh. As part of the defense, McVeigh’s lawyers showed “Waco, the Big Lie” to the jury.
In 1994, the film was followed by a feature-length sequel titled “Waco II, the Big Lie Continues”, aimed at addressing criticisms of the original.
Thompson’s films made a number of controversial allegations, the most famous of which was her claim that footage of an armored vehicle breaking through the outer walls of the compound showed a flamethrower attached to the vehicle, setting fire to the building. As a response to Thompson, filmmaker Michael McNulty released footage to support his counter-claim that the appearance of light was a reflection on aluminized insulation that was torn from the wall and snagged on the vehicle. McNulty accused Thompson of “creative editing” in his film “Waco: An Apparent Deviation”. Thompson worked from a VHS copy of the surveillance tape; McNulty was given access to a beta original. However, McNulty in turn was later accused and proved of having digitally altered his footage, an allegation he denied.
Below is a copy from the VHS tape of “Waco, The Big Lie” original documentary film.