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The road mortality when animals are migrating in and out can have a holocaustic effect on a population-25 percent could get wiped out on the way in, another 25 percent on the way out.
Notable examples have been the mass suicide of the followers of Jim Jones in Guyana (1978), the holocaustic climax of the disciples of David Koresh in Waco, Texas (1993), and most recently the group suicide of the Heaven's Gate believers in San Diego (1997).
A fascination rooted in an addiction to holocaustic sacrifice and rivalry that ran deep in antagonistic cultures around the globe.