When a small army of the heavily-armed FBI agents moved onto her family’s eastern Montana ranch, they barely made a sound, recalls Clara Saylor.
The stealthy federal officials weren’t taking any chances with the families holed up in a nearby compound, calling themselves Freemen and espousing a hostile anti-government creed.
Recalling the fiery end to the FBI’s siege of the Branch Davidian compound at Waco, Texas 3-1/2 years before, Saylor said her family had just one condition in return for the use of a cabin.
“The only thing is, the local sheriff knows the FBI is here,” recalls Saylor, now 83 of the events in November, 1995.
“It was hush-hush ... we had to supply them gas from our farm tanks.”
Some of the outcasts the agents had to come to monitor Saylor had known since childhood.