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April 5, 2000 | From Associated Press
The 530 people who died in a doomsday cult's chapel burned alive, consumed by gasoline-fueled flames and trapped behind doors and windows bolted from the outside, forensic tests showed Tuesday. A.B.M. Lugudo, deputy commissioner of Uganda's forensics agency, said investigators are trying to learn what role may have been played by three people whose corpses, less thoroughly charred, were found in a separate room of the chapel.
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April 7, 2000 | From Associated Press
One of the leaders of a Ugandan doomsday cult whose sealed chapel burned with 530 people inside was a student priest who attended graduate school at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, officials said Thursday. The former student, Dominic Kataribabo, was one of six leaders of the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God for whom Ugandan authorities issued arrest warrants Thursday. Those authorities assume that the cult leaders survived the fire and went into hiding.
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March 30, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
Police pulled 53 more bodies Wednesday from the house of a leader of a doomsday cult that is suspected of killing hundreds of its members. The house and garden of Dominic Kataribabo of the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God have so far yielded 155 dead, some strangled, some poisoned. The latest exhumations bring to about 800 the number of corpses, among them more than 100 children, found in three mass graves and a burned-out church in southwestern Uganda.
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April 5, 2000 | From Associated Press
The 530 people who died in a doomsday cult's chapel burned alive, consumed by gasoline-fueled flames and trapped behind doors and windows bolted from the outside, forensic tests showed Tuesday. A.B.M. Lugudo, deputy commissioner of Uganda's forensics agency, said investigators are trying to learn what role may have been played by three people whose corpses, less thoroughly charred, were found in a separate room of the chapel.
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March 27, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Ugandan police investigating the deaths of doomsday cult followers found what they think is another grave linked to the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God. On Friday, police found 153 bodies at a mass burial site. Officials also speculated that cult leaders were behind the March 17 deaths of as many as 530 sect members in a fire, initially viewed as a mass suicide. Officials now think Keredonia Mwerinde, 49, and Joseph Kibwetere, 68, may have set the blaze.
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March 28, 2000 | From Reuters
Police here said Monday that they had found the partly decomposed bodies of 74 more people, many of them children, in another mass grave of members of a local doomsday cult. Officials said that many of the victims had stab wounds, that others had ropes around their necks and that there appeared to be many more bodies buried behind the house of cult leader "Father" Dominic Kataribabo.
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March 29, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
The house of a doomsday sect leader revealed another scene of slaughter Tuesday, as prisoners on a work detail smashed through a concrete floor and discovered a hidden mass grave. By nightfall, when work stopped, the bodies of 28 people, including at least three children, had been unearthed. Many apparently were strangled, some with knotted cloth that still ringed their necks.
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March 31, 2000 | DEAN E. MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joni Kasigaire is charged with keeping an eye on the 648 religious groups registered in this East African country, including the deadly Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God. It is an impossible job, especially when measured against the backdrop of a country short on resources and a populace anxious for a divine escape from everyday difficulties endemic to the world's poorest continent.
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March 22, 2000 | DEAN E. MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If this is truly the way to heaven, pray the other side is nothing like the hell left behind. Corpses stuffed into a pit toilet. Five hundred or so charred skulls in a makeshift mass grave. Grieving friends and family too numb to shed another tear. "It is a disaster beyond explanation to see flesh--African flesh--burnt like meat," said Emmanuel Musimenta, one of several traditional leaders from this shattered village in southwestern Uganda.
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March 24, 2000 | DEAN E. MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Confirming the suspicions of relatives, authorities here now believe that hundreds of Christian cult members who burned to death in southwestern Uganda last week were murdered by their religious leaders. Investigators have backed away from the initial explanation of mass suicide after studying detailed photographs of the group's gutted church and retrieving six bodies this week from nearby pit toilets.
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April 3, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
Thousands of townspeople gathered on a hilltop soccer field Sunday to mourn more than 900 people killed in a doomsday sect massacre. Dignitaries joined residents of Kanungu and nearby villages in southwestern Uganda to deplore the deaths of 924 members of a reclusive Christian-based sect who authorities say were murdered by their leaders.
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April 1, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
The death toll in the doomsday sect massacre in southwestern Uganda was raised Friday to 924, surpassing the 1978 Jonestown tragedy in Guyana as the worst modern-day cult-related mass killing. Police announced that another suspected mass grave linked to the cult had been found but said they would halt any digging until they have reinforced their investigative team. They appealed for international help.
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March 31, 2000 | DEAN E. MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joni Kasigaire is charged with keeping an eye on the 648 religious groups registered in this East African country, including the deadly Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God. It is an impossible job, especially when measured against the backdrop of a country short on resources and a populace anxious for a divine escape from everyday difficulties endemic to the world's poorest continent.
NEWS
March 30, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
Police pulled 53 more bodies Wednesday from the house of a leader of a doomsday cult that is suspected of killing hundreds of its members. The house and garden of Dominic Kataribabo of the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God have so far yielded 155 dead, some strangled, some poisoned. The latest exhumations bring to about 800 the number of corpses, among them more than 100 children, found in three mass graves and a burned-out church in southwestern Uganda.
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March 29, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
The house of a doomsday sect leader revealed another scene of slaughter Tuesday, as prisoners on a work detail smashed through a concrete floor and discovered a hidden mass grave. By nightfall, when work stopped, the bodies of 28 people, including at least three children, had been unearthed. Many apparently were strangled, some with knotted cloth that still ringed their necks.
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March 28, 2000 | From Reuters
Police here said Monday that they had found the partly decomposed bodies of 74 more people, many of them children, in another mass grave of members of a local doomsday cult. Officials said that many of the victims had stab wounds, that others had ropes around their necks and that there appeared to be many more bodies buried behind the house of cult leader "Father" Dominic Kataribabo.
NEWS
April 7, 2000 | From Associated Press
One of the leaders of a Ugandan doomsday cult whose sealed chapel burned with 530 people inside was a student priest who attended graduate school at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, officials said Thursday. The former student, Dominic Kataribabo, was one of six leaders of the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God for whom Ugandan authorities issued arrest warrants Thursday. Those authorities assume that the cult leaders survived the fire and went into hiding.
NEWS
April 3, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
Thousands of townspeople gathered on a hilltop soccer field Sunday to mourn more than 900 people killed in a doomsday sect massacre. Dignitaries joined residents of Kanungu and nearby villages in southwestern Uganda to deplore the deaths of 924 members of a reclusive Christian-based sect who authorities say were murdered by their leaders.
NEWS
March 27, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Ugandan police investigating the deaths of doomsday cult followers found what they think is another grave linked to the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God. On Friday, police found 153 bodies at a mass burial site. Officials also speculated that cult leaders were behind the March 17 deaths of as many as 530 sect members in a fire, initially viewed as a mass suicide. Officials now think Keredonia Mwerinde, 49, and Joseph Kibwetere, 68, may have set the blaze.
NEWS
March 24, 2000 | DEAN E. MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Confirming the suspicions of relatives, authorities here now believe that hundreds of Christian cult members who burned to death in southwestern Uganda last week were murdered by their religious leaders. Investigators have backed away from the initial explanation of mass suicide after studying detailed photographs of the group's gutted church and retrieving six bodies this week from nearby pit toilets.
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