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Recalling Memorable Life Of Bonnie Sue Clark

Bonnie Sue Clerk is the late mother of Davidian branch leader David Koresh, also a cult leader. Bonnie lived a tough life until her demise. Read further to learn everything related to Bonnie Sue Clerk.

Personal Life

Bonnie Clerk came into this world on September 8th, 1994, in Houston, Texas, United States. Her mother was Earline Clerk, and her father was Vernon Clerk. She grew up in a family of four, along with her sister  Beverly Clerk.

In August 1959, Bonnie gave birth to her son, Vernon Wayne Howell, at the mere age of 14 years. Bonnie’s boyfriend left her even before she became a mother, and at just 14, she couldn’t do much. She moved in with an alcoholic man and gave her son to her mother, Earline.

Later, Bonnie married Roy Haldeman, and they started to raise Vernon together. They also became a part of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The beliefs of Bonnie greatly impacted Vernon, causing him to join the same church before converting to a Branch Davidian and changing his name to David Koresh. However, Bonnie wasn’t a part or a member of Branch Davidian.


Bonnie became a licensed vocational nurse and worked in the Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler, Texas.

Net Worth

Bonnie Sue Clark’s net worth is unknown, but her son, David’s net worth, was around $45 million.

Reason To Be Famous

Bonnie came into the headlines when the FBI began searching for her son, cult leader David Koresh. She appeared on television, giving interviews and answering journalists’ questions regarding her son. She had tried her best to save her only son by hiring a Houston-based criminal defense attorney, Dick DeGuerin.

Family And Cult

Bonnie’s son, David Koresh, came into the world, on August 17, 1959, when she was only 14 years old. When David turned 22, he moved to Waco, Texas, and joined the church Branch Davidian. The church had nothing related to the original Davidians; instead, it was spreading new teachings.

David took over the church as its leader after defeating the former leader’s son. David and his followers took over Mount Carmel in 1987. They performed numerous heinous crimes, such as polygamy, child sexual abuse, manipulation, etc.

The FBI began their surge to make David and his followers surrender. While Bonnie tried to save her son from the allegations. She hired one of the best defense lawyers from Huston. However, David didn’t surrender, which resulted in the FBI taking over Mount Carmel. The FBI tried to launch smog bombs to make everyone come out of the church. Instead, it led to a great fire where all the members died.


After her son’s death, Bonnie stayed with her sister and lived a simple life. She combined her life experiences in a book named Memories of the Branch Davidians: The Autobiography of David Koresh’s Mother, which she published in 2007.

She gave a few interviews afterward, talking about her life and her son. However, two years later, she was found dead on January 23rd, 2009. Her sister, Beverly, stabbed her to death and was declared, mentally unstable.


Bonnie Sue Clark was the mother of late American cult leader, David Koresh.