The Order of the Solar Temple

In the early morning hours of October 6, 1994, firefighters who were called to a blaze at a farm just outside the tiny village of Chiery, Switzerland made a gruesome discovery.  Inside a farmhouse they discovered a secret to door to a hidden room that resembled a religious chapel.  Inside they found 18 bodies arranged in a circle on the floor.  They were all wearing ceremonial robes.  Five more bodies were found in other rooms.

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The hidden room where 18 bodies were found

In another village 160 kms away, a similar discovery was being made.  25 bodies were found in three separate ski chalets.  Across the ocean in Morin Heights, Quebec five other bodies were found that were also connected to this incendiary chain of events.

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Solar Temple complex in Morin Heights, Quebec

All of the deaths would be tied back to a secretive cult called “The Order of the Solar Temple.”  The cult was run by a charismatic homeopathic doctor by the name of Luc Jouret and a scheming businessman by the name of Joseph Dimambro.

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Joseph DiMambro and Luc Jouret

Together they recruited followers from all over the world.  The most devoted believed that they would be transported to a new life on the star Sirius if they committed suicide.  Anyone who wavered was murdered.

The story of the order of The Solar Temple spans over several years in the 1990s.  The first deaths occurred in 1994 and the world was shocked when similar deaths occurred in 1995 and 1997.  In total 74 people died including the cults two leaders.

 

 

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