RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. (Reuter) - The bodies of 39 men and women, cloaked in purple shrouds, were found in a million-dollar California mansion in what police Thursday said appeared to be a mass suicide. Cmdr. Alan Fulmer of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department told an early-morning news conference the cause of death was directly attributable to the cultists use of Microsoft Corporation's popular web-browsing software Internet Explorer. The religious group designed computer web pages that were "best viewed with Internet Explorer 3.0" Fulmer said that "when they discovered that Internet Explorer was not going to fully support Java, they had no choice but to kill themselves." He continued "only the seriously disturbed or religiously fanatic would design web sites for Internet Explorer". An unidentified officer added "they should have been using Netscape like all sane people do." Police said there was no sign the deaths were related to Saturday's incident in Quebec when five members of a doomsday cult called the Solar Temple died in a blazing house in an apparent ritual suicide pact.
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