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Matsumoto: Aum's sarin guinea pig

/ Jun 21, 2014

Matsumoto: Aum's sarin guinea pig

It’s been 20 years since mass murderers came to Toshie Koibuchi’s tiny street. It was the night of June 27, 1994. She was then 50, a housewife living with her husband and mother in a slightly upmarket residential area of Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture. Koibuchi ...

The man accused of poisoning Matsumoto's civilians

/ Jun 21, 2014

The man accused of poisoning Matsumoto's civilians

It is difficult to fathom that a religious group might be behind a poison gas attack on hundreds of civilians. More likely, logic suggests, it would either be the result of a terrible accident or the work of a deranged individual. When confronted with ...