The challenge of identification following the tragedy of the Solar Temple (Cheiry/Salvan, Switzerland)

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ID Serval
serval:BIB_F7CEAF261A4C
Type
Article: article d'un périodique ou d'un magazine.
Collection
Publications
Titre
The challenge of identification following the tragedy of the Solar Temple (Cheiry/Salvan, Switzerland)
Périodique
Forensic Science International
Auteur(s)
Krompecher  T., Brandt-Casadevall  C., Horisberger  B., Perrier  M., Zollinger  U.
ISSN
0379-0738 (Print)
Statut éditorial
Publié
Date de publication
2000
Volume
110
Numéro
3
Pages
215-226
Notes
DA - 20000801
LA - eng
PT - Journal Article
SB - IM
Résumé
On October 5, 1994, 48 members of the Sect of the Solar Temple were found dead at two different locations in Switzerland: 23 victims in Cheiry and 25 victims in Salvan. Our Institute was commissioned to solve the forensic problems presented by this tragedy. Our goals were to establish the time of death, determine its causes, help elucidate the surrounding circumstances and identify the victims. This work presented us with the following challenges. This catastrophe was of an 'open' type: there was no list of 'passengers'; the victims were of five different nationalities and many had just arrived in Switzerland to participate in this event; family ties were very complex within this group; half of the victims were burned and sometimes charred; the exceptionally intense media converage of the story put a lot of pressure on the investigators and our Institute. In spite of these difficulties, all the victims were positively identified within 1 month. In the present report, we describe the steps realized to progress in our work. A special section describes our relationship with the journalists and their invaluable help in our investigations. The importance of being prepared for such an event is discussed
Mots-clé
Disasters/Fires/Forensic Anthropology/Forensic Medicine/Humans/Religious Philosophies/Switzerland
Pubmed
Web of science
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08/02/2008 18:44
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