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Richelieu pays its final respects to Solar Temple dead

The Story

Two weeks after the death of Robert Ostiguy and his wife Françoise, the town of Richelieu, Quebec pays its final respects to their beloved mayor. In this clip hundreds of tearful mourners crowd into the church for one final look, choosing to remember Ostiguy for his considerable contributions to the community, not for being under the influence of what many labelled a "mystical, apocalyptic" cult. Inside the church, the Catholic priest tells the gathered crowd that Ostiguy and his wife had sought God and that they were trapped in a sect by "bloodhounds". He adds that God would not condemn the Ostiguys' quest for truth because it was well intentioned. But the priest's words do very little to soothe the hurt of the town. Confused and angry parishioners voice their grief over the death of Ostiguy.

Medium: Radio
Program: Canada at Five
Broadcast Date: Oct. 17, 1994
Host: Barbara Smith
Reporter: Bernard St. Laurent
Duration: 1:30

Did You know?

• Besides being mayor, Ostiguy owned a successful family hardware store. He invested nearly $300,000 in the Order of the Solar Temple.

• Swiss police found several documents listing Ostiguy as an administrator for the Order of the Solar Temple.


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