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September 01, 1987

A factory manager apparently strangled 31 drugged members of an obscure religious cult in South Korea before hanging himself, police said. Of all the bodies found Saturday in a factory 50 miles south of Seoul--including that of factory owner and group leader Park Soon Ja and her children--the manager's corpse was the only one that did not contain massive traces of sleeping pills or tranquilizers, officials said. Park, whose followers called her "mother," reportedly was in trouble with creditors, and police were investigating reports of swindling.

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