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1. Susan and Michael Kuhnhausen
2. Ed Haffey
3. Personal ad for Susan in the Willamette Week
"On the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006, the 51-year-old emergency room nurse ended her shift at Providence Portland Medical Center on Northeast Glisan Street and headed to Perfect Look hair salon on East Burnside Street.
As she waited for her turn, she picked up a copy of Oprah magazine and read a poem.
"I will not die an unlived life," it began. "I will not live in fear."
One hour later, rested and relaxed, she drove to her blue, one-story Cape Cod with a gray picket fence in the Montavilla neighborhood of Southeast Portland.
In the mudroom at the back of the house, Susan found a note by the microwave from her husband of almost 18 years, Mike. "Sue, haven't been sleeping. Had to get away—Went to the beach."
He added that he'd see her on Friday or Saturday. "Luv, ME," he signed off.
Unlocking the door to the kitchen, Susan heard the beeping of her security alarm. She disarmed it, walked through the house to the front door and then went back outside. It was clear and warm at 6:37 pm that day, and she stood for a minute or two in the front yard, flipping through her mail.
When she came back inside, she kicked off her Birkenstocks and noticed how dark it was in her bedroom on the first floor. Had she forgotten to open the curtains that morning?
Suddenly, from behind the bedroom door, a man lurched toward her.
At 5-foot-9, the 59-year-old stranger weighed 190 pounds. He wore Dockers, a blue-striped shirt and a tan baseball hat pulled down low over his eyes. His long hair was in a ponytail tucked into the cap. He wore yellow rubber gloves on his hands and carried a red and black claw hammer.
"One minute you think you're a regular person in the world," she says now, "and then you're not."..."
Source: “A Hit Man Came to Kill Susan Kuhnhausen. She Survived. He Didn't.” by Beth Slovic (Willamette Week)
1. Joseph Di Mambro
2. Luc Jouret
"On October the 5th 1994, five people were found dead in this house in Canada. 10 hours later in Switzerland 25 bodies were discovered in a chalet in the small town of Salvan and 23 more in a nearby village. In less than 24 hours 53 people had died, their remains set a light by identical incendiary devices. Among the dead, eight children, several senior civil servants, and two millionaires, but they had something else in common, they all were members of a secretive sect, the Order of the Solar Temple..."
Source: “Witness: The Order of the Solar Temple” (Channel 4)