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