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The search for Solar Temple cult leaders Di Mambro and Jouret

Murder. Suicide. Assassination. Sex. Money laundering. International investigations. These elements comprise the perfect storyline for any big-budget Hollywood blockbuster. But the story of the Order of the Solar Temple is no movie. It's real life. And for 74 people who died in Quebec, Switzerland and France between 1994 and 1997, the consequences of their membership in the cult were fatal.

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After four days pathologists are able to positively identify only five of the 48 dead bodies found in Switzerland. Not ruling out some kind of ritual suicide by some of the cult members, police believe many of the dead were murdered. In this clip, they decide not to wait for the autopsy reports and issue international warrants for the arrest of Joseph Di Mambro and Luc Jouret in connection to the mass deaths in Quebec and Switzerland.
• Jouret skipped off to Switzerland after he was charged with weapons offences in Canada.

• After discovering the dead bodies, police questioned two cult members in Switzerland and held them in protective custody for their own safety.
Medium: Radio
Program: The World At Six
Broadcast Date: Oct. 7, 1994
Host: Bernie McNamee, Bob Oxley
Reporter: Rick MacInnes-Rae
Duration: 4:34

Last updated: November 10, 2014

Page consulted on November 10, 2014

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