The Branch Davidian Compound, 20 Years Later

Branch Davidian Compound
Pete Bigelow, AOL

On one side of a dust-scarred patch of country road, a modest ranch home sits barricaded behind a barbed-wire gate on which hang "Keep Out" and "Beware of Dog" signs.

On the other side, the neighbors have perched two wrought-iron gates wide open, poised to embrace anyone who proceeds through their arms and up the long dirt driveway beyond.

Twenty years ago, such an inviting entrance at the border of this property would have been unthinkable.