The Order of the Solar Temple achieved worldwide notoriety in 1994 when 69 members in Europe and north America died in what appeared to be a planned series of mass suicides and murders.
All the dead were followers of Luc Jouret,
a 46-year-old self-styled guru and supposed homeopathic healer who lectured on New Age theories. While di Mambro directed the group from behind the scenes, Jouret was its persona.
Like many cult leaders, Jouret warned his followers of a coming apocalypse. He explained this would occur through environmental disasters and only the elite would survive.
"The Mass Murders and Suicides"