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[Fredric Rice, The Skeptic Tank: The authorship of these files on cults has his or her own motivations for providing them and will contain his or her own bias. What I find typical is that individuals and organizations which report on cults are usually themselves a competition cult yet like to think of themselves as "a religion, not a cult." In actual fact, _ALL_ religions are cults by the primary, secondary, and terciary usage definition of the term. Some of the information you find here is inaccurate and contains urban legend -- take what you find with a grain of salt. If you wish to acquire a copy of the Law Enforcement Guide on Occult Crime, contact myself at or at The Skeptic Tank (818) 335-9601 and I'll forward the address and information you need.] Order of the Solar Temple Among the members of the Solar Temple who were found dead in Switzerland last October was a mayor, a journalist, a civil servant and a sales manager. Computer records seized by Canadian police in Montreal showed that some members had personally donated over $1 million to the cult's leader Joseph Di Mambro. But the respectability of these followers' public lives was in massive contrast to the bizarre small cult they had joined. The cult believed that Di Mambro had in a previous life been a member of the Knight's Temple (during the Crusades, naturally) and that he would lead them, throughdeath, to the planet of Sirius. During ceremonies, they wore Crusade-type robes and held in awe a sword Di Mambro said had been given to him 1,000 years ago. He claimed that his daughter Emanuelle was 'the cosmic child' and had been conceived without sex. When a couple in the cult called their own son Emmanuel, Di Mambro declared it the Antichrist and ordered the family's murder. This was carried out ceremonially, shortly before the whole cult decamped from Canada to Switzerland. (The boy's mother, Nicky Dutoit, was from East Sussex.) Later investigation revealed that 69-year-old Di Mambro had moved to Canada following tax problems in his native France. He had convictions there for practisingpsychology without a licence and for bouncing cheques. He had also founded a school near the Swiss boarder called the Centre For The Preparation For The New Age, the proceeds of which had enabled him to buy a 15-room mansion in the Haute Savoie. It has been rumoured that Di Mambro in fact disguised his own death at one of the two Swiss mass suicides, both of which were destroyed by fire. In all, 53 members of the cult died. To comment about this Website, our paper and all associated articles, you can mail us at the Observer:


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