Ruby Ridge

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RUBY RIDGE. On 21 August 1992, a botched arrest attempt at Randy and Vicki Weaver's Ruby Ridge cabin in Idaho left a U.S. deputy marshal and Weaver's son dead. The next day FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi wounded Weaver and Kevin Harris, and killed Vicki Weaver. After an eleven-day standoff Weaver and Harris gave themselves up, and on 13 April 1993, their trial opened in Boise. On 8 July 1993 the jury acquitted Weaver and Harris of the murder and convicted Weaver on two lesser counts. Judge Edward Lodge sentenced Weaver to eighteen months and fined the federal government thousands of dollars for several procedural violations. Militia groups hailed the Weavers as martyrs.


Walter, Jess. Every Knee Shall Bow: The Truth and Tragedy of Ruby Ridge and the Randy Weaver Family. New York: Harper, 1995.

Gordon MorrisBakken

See alsoWaco Seige .