Livingstone Fagan, born in Jamaica, May 15, 1959, is an imprisoned member of the Branch Davidians
which, theologically, is a cult of Christianity
. He is seen by many as one of the movement's foremost theologians. Fagan is currently serving a 40-year prison term for his part in the standoff. He holds a Masters of Theology from NewBold College in England, a Seventh-Day Adventist
institution. His theology places Fagan outside of mainstream Christianity
On March 23, 1993, David Koresh sent Livingstone Fagan out of Mt. Carmel Center with the mission of emphasizing the importance of the Seven Seals to the world through the media. [source
Of the six imprisoned Davidians involved in the siege, only Whitecliff agreed to Tribune-Herald requests for interviews. However, Castillo, Whitecliff and Fagan responded to written questions from the newspaper.
Fagan, always the most vocal of the imprisoned Branch Davidians, alleges he has been physically abused by prison guards, say Davidians who have kept in touch with him. Fagan, a British social worker, sent the Tribune-Herald a 47-page manuscript that he calls Weaned from the Milk & Drawn from the Breasts: A Tribute to David Koresh.
Between rambling, Scripture-laden prose, three themes emerge: Fagan's unwavering faith in Koresh, his belief that his friends died defending religious freedom and his assurance that Koresh and the Branch Davidians ultimately will be vindicated.
"(Koresh) will soon be known as he is truly known," Fagan writes. "Then the mouths of many will be silenced, horror-stricken with shame and guilt at the knowledge of who it was they were incensed against."
Branch Davidian Clive Doyle
, 62, who survived the fire and was acquitted of criminal charges in San Antonio, remains at Mount Carmel and has tried to keep what's left of the group together.
Doyle says he and other Branch Davidians have been thwarted in efforts to visit some of those in prison. They visit when they are allowed, which hasn't been often, he says. Consequently, much communication with the prisoners is done by letter and phone.
"I think they have done remarkably well considering that some of them have been ill-treated, like Livingstone," Doyle says. "They seem to have fairly decent attitudes. It's not like they are hateful. I don't find them super angry or wanting revenge. I don't hear those kind of comments coming from them. I think they have taken what the Lord has allowed to happen to them pretty gracefully."
Doyle says Fagan, an inmate of at least five federal prisons since 1994, has reported that he was beaten at a Leavenworth, Kan., prison, stripped naked, sprayed with a fire hose and placed in solitary confinement on occasion.
"They consider him non-cooperative because he won't sign any of the fines the judge put on him," Doyle says. "They were all asked to sign and he said he is not signing because he is not guilty and, therefore, he thinks that would be an admission of guilt."
The Davidian prisoners' spirits were buoyed in 2000 when the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously overturned Judge Smith's decision to accept the government's recommendation and sentence most of the seven to 40 years in prison. As a result of the opinion, Smith was forced to reduce most of the sentences to 15 years.
Smith also felt compelled to reduce Fagan's term, even though Fagan had chosen not to appeal his sentence and conviction for manslaughter and weapons violations.
Jailed Branch Davidian theologian, Livingstone Faga, is believed by many to be the successor to David Koresh.
Fagan reviewed and verified much of the information in this article in exclusive interviews. He holds a Masters of Theology from Newbold College in England, a Seventh-Day Adventist institution.
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