He later testified before a Senate hearing on the incident and said that while he believed the government should be more blamed, he was not at fault.
In 1995 he told Congress, “Now that I know what I know, if I have to do it again, I have a different choice.” “I’ll go down the hill and go to court.”
Randall Claude Weaver was born on January 3, 1948, in the small town of Willisca, southwest Iowa. His parents, Clarence and Wilma (TrueX) Weaver were farmers, and Randy and his three siblings grew up working in the fields next to them.
After high school, he attended Iowa Central Community College for two years before joining the military. He became a Green Beret and despite his desire to move to Vietnam, he continued as a coach. US mainly lived in Fort Bragg, North Carolina
He was honorably released in 1971 and returned to Iowa, the same year he married Victoria Jordisn. He briefly returned to college at the University of Northern Iowa, but was looking forward to a new baby and decided to go to work.
Over the next decade, he held several jobs in manufacturing and sales, including Amway. Meanwhile, he and his wife both grew up in strictly religious homes, adopting the millennial form of Christianity, believing that the world around them was fundamentally corrupt and that signs of destruction were coming.
He sold his house and most of his property and moved with his three children to Naples, Idaho, 50 miles south of the Canadian border in 1983. He bought 20 acres of pine forest on nearby Ruby Ridge, where he built a two-story house with plywood and millheads.