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Swiss officials close the Solar Temple cult case

The Story

Two years after piecing together this apocalyptic story of murder and suicide and the strange connection between two Swiss villages and Morin Heights, Que., a Swiss judge completes his investigation. In this clip, the judge reveals how at least 30 of the victims were murdered in a carefully arranged ritual ordered by Di Mambro. He rules that while members of the Solar Temple felt they were bound by a death pact, evidence reveals it more closely resembled a mass assassination.

Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: April 3, 1996
Guest(s): Jean-François Mayer
Host: Peter Mansbridge
Reporter: Paul Workman
Duration: 2:27
Photo: Video images produced by Solar Temple

Did You know?

• Swiss police closed the case after the judge released his report, but families of victims believed the cult was still active and possibly planning other "transit ceremonies" -- the voyage that would take followers to another planet.

• During their investigation, the Swiss police thought the killings in Switzerland were somehow linked to the ones in France a year later but they failed to make a connection.


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