February 14 at 9pm on ThinkTV16
Shortly before dawn on August 21, 1992, six U.S. Marshals hiked up the steep ridge near the isolated mountaintop cabin of white separatist Randy Weaver in Northern Idaho. Charged with selling two illegal sawed-off shotguns to an undercover agent more than a year earlier, Weaver had failed to appear in court, instead holing up in his cabin with his wife Vicki, their children and a cache of firearms.
Growing increasingly frustrated by Weaver’s defiance, the marshals had intensified their surveillance and strayed ever closer to the cabin itself. On the morning of the 21st, a firefight broke out. Eleven days later, the standoff that mesmerized the nation would leave Weaver injured, his wife and son, and a federal agent, dead, and many convinced that the federal government was out of control. Drawing upon eyewitness accounts, including interviews with Weaver’s daughter and federal agents involved in the confrontation, Ruby Ridge is a riveting, minute-by-minute account of the event that helped give rise to the modern American militia movement.