Michele Jones was one of the Davidians who passed away in the Waco siege in 1993. Though not legally, she was WACO Survivor David Thibodeau’s wife who bore Koresh’s children.
Keep scrolling to learn more about her.
Meet Michele Jones, WACO Survivor David Thibodeau Wife
Michele Jones was WACO Survivor David Thibodeau’s spiritual wife. She married him after Koresh asked them to tie the knot in the camp.
According to David, he met Koresh, thanks to their mutual interest in music in 1991. At the time, he had just graduated from Los Angeles’ Musicians Institute of Technology with a drumming major. Then, one day Koresh invited him to come to stay in the camp with the community and marry Michele, and he obliged.
So, after the siege, David started vocalizing his experiences both within the camp and at the time of the siege. He even wrote two books titled “Waco: A Survivor’s Story” and “A Place Called Waco,” the latter of which led him to be a consultant for the series Waco: American Apocalypse.
“I always knew there was some kind of an unseen force that seemed to direct me through life,” David said in the documentary. No wonder, he was intrigued when the sect head said to him, “You don’t even realize how every day there are forces carving out your path and where you’re going to be.”
But David initially wasn’t interested in the entire new religious movement spiel. He didn’t believe their leader was the Messiah. It was only because of amicable, warm people like Steve, he joined their Christian band.
Nevertheless, he was in the Waco, Texas, compound until the very end! He only ran after the massive fire broke out on April 19, 1993 (day 51 of the bitter stand-off).
Today, David has been powerfully voicing his perspective on this siege. He also ran a website called Waco Survivors, wherein he archived media posts related to the stand-off while offering his open opinions to paint a clearer picture of the whole thing.
What Happened To Michele Jones?
Michele Jones was asked to spiritually marry Koresh and bear his three kids as a part of a divine prophecy. Her kids were Serenity Sea, Chica, and Little One — all of who died in the fire with her.
After her death, her husband David lead a single life.
Michele Jones Age At The Time Of Her Death
Michele Jones was born on July 4, 1974. This made her 19 years of age at the time of her death in April 1993.
Also, it means that she was only 12 when she was made the spiritual wife of Koresh.
Who Were Michele Jones Parents?
Michele Jones was born to her parents, Perry Dale Jones and Mary Belle Rogers Jones.
Her father, Perry was shot and died later in the day on February 28, 1993. He was 64 years old then.
As for her mother, Mary survived the Waco siege. She later took her last breath at the age of 82 on June 21, 2014, in Waco, McLennan County, Texas, USA.
According to the reports, Mary was helping to take care of some of the older women in a mobile home away from Mount Carmel, during the loss of her husband’s life.
Trivia: Michele’s paternal grandparents were Perry Miller Jones and Phyllis Louise Coffin Goggin.
Michele Jones Siblings
Michele Jones was the youngest of her siblings.
Her bother, David Michael Jones also died in the fire in 1993. He was 38 at the time.
On the other hand, her brother, Stephen Paul Jones made it out alive and only passed away in Jan 2010, aged 53.
As for her sister, Rachel Olivia Susan Koresh, you might know all about her for she’s featured on Waco: American Apocalypse.
For those who don’t know, Rachel was one of the people who perished in the Waco siege fire. She was the only legal wife of leader David Koresh and was 23 when the siege occurred.
The show mentioned that Rachel was 14 when she got married to Koresh. Then, she bore his two children named Star and Cyrus. Obviously, she wasn’t okay with her husband sleeping with other women in the compound. But since Koresh taught his parishioners that he was destined to father 24 children who would eventually become the rulers of the world after the apocalypse, Rachel made peace with herself.
Another reason why Rachel was calm with what was happening was that she was born into the church and that was all she had ever known.
Sadly, like Michele, her sister and both of her kids were killed in the fire and buried in Restland Cemetery, in McLennan County.
Where Was Michele Jones From?
Michele was born and raised in McLennan County, Texas, USA. She also took her last breath there.
When Was Michele Jones Birthday?
Michele celebrated her birthday on April 19 and was of the Aries zodiac.
Who Played Michele Jones On Netflix’s Waco?
Michele was portrayed by Julia Garner. You might have seen her as Ruth Langmore in the Netflix crime drama series Ozark (2017–2022), for which she’s won three Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2019, 2020, and 2022, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2023.