How the Millennium Comes Violently: From Jonestown to Heaven's Gate

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CHAPTER SEVEN
Other Cases Briefly Considered: Solar Temple and Heaven's Gate

1994, 1995, 1997-- SOLAR TEMPLE

THE VIOLENCE

On October 4, 1994, a fire erupted in a condominium complex in Morin Heights, Quebec, near Montreal. Two members of the Solar Temple, Gerry and Colette Genoud, died in the fire. Three more bodies were found hidden in a storage closet. Tony Dutoit had been stabbed fifty times in the back, and his wife, Nicki Dutoit, had been stabbed eight times in the back, four in the throat, and once in each breast. Their three-month-old baby, Christopher Emmanuel, had been stabbed six times in the chest. Police subsequently determined that the murders of the Dutoit family had occurred on September 30.

On October 4, 1994, just before midnight, police were called to investigate a burning barn in Cheiry, Switzerland. Inside they found a hidden room that contained the bodies of eighteen people wearing capes and arranged in a circle like spokes on a wheel. Three more bodies were found in an octagonal room with mirrors, and one body was found in the room of a nearby farmhouse. Twenty-one of these individuals had been shot, and fourteen had plastic bags over their heads. Police later concluded that most of these people were killed on October 3. 1

About 3:00 A.M. on October 5, 1994, fire broke out in a complex of three chalets owned by the Solar Temple in Granges-sur-Salvan, Switzerland, sixty kilometers from Cheiry. Twenty-five bodies were found scattered around two of the chalets. The number of Solar Temple members dead in Switzerland included four children and three teenagers. 2

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  • Title Page i
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments viii
  • Foreword x
  • Notes xiii
  • Chapter One - Introduction 1
  • Notes 11
  • Chapter Two - How the Millennium Comes Violently 12
  • Notes 27
  • Chapter Three - 1978--Jonestown 30
  • Notes 52
  • Chapter Four - 1993-Branch Davidians 56
  • Notes 112
  • Chapter Five - 1995--Aum Shinrikyo 120
  • Notes 151
  • Chapter Six - 1996-The Montana Freemen 158
  • Notes 203
  • Chapter Seven - Other Cases Briefly Considered: Solar Temple and Heaven's Gate 218
  • Notes 246
  • Chapter Eight 1998 -- Chen Tao: Assessing the Potential for Violence 253
  • Notes 262
  • Notes 284
  • Bibliography 287
  • Index 295
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