Ruby Ridge

On August 21, 1992, a place known as Ruby Ridge located in Northern Idaho would become infamous as this particular day marked the beginning of an eleven-day siege which took place between six heavily armed U.S. marshals and Randy and Vicki Weaver and their children.

Randy had been previously charged with selling two illegal sawed-off shotguns to an undercover agent but failed to make an appearance when summoned to court, because of this law enforcement was tasked with bringing him in.

The Weaver family had been help up in their home for months and were known to have a cache of firearms which included automatic weapons, because of this federal agents had been surveilling the property but when these agents crossed paths with the family members a shootout began which would ultimately result in the deaths of Deputy US Marshal William Francis Degan, age 42, the Weaver’s wife Vicki and son Samuel (Sammy), age 14 and the family dog.

The standoff itself would mesmerise the nation and many believed that this was proof of the federal government being out of control. In this film we hear from eyewitnesses including Weaver’s daughter, Sara, and the federal agents who were involved in the shootout, all accounts and footage featured make for a riveting account of the event which helped give rise to the modern American militia movement.

 

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