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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Cult Suicide: Applewhite's "Heaven's Gate"

26 March 1997. "Heaven's Gate" founder Marshall Applewhite and 38 of his followers commit suicide iheavensgatelogo.jpgn Rancho Santa Fe, California by drinking a mix of phenobarbital and vodka and by wrapping their heads with plastic. As a "UFO Religion," the cult believed that their death was their gateway to salvation from the earth's imminent destruction or cleansing as their souls would be released and admitted to a spaceship supposedly hiding behind the Comet-Hale Bopp which appeared at that time.

Recommended Readings:

Corelli, Ray and Anne Gregor. 1997. "Killer Cults." McLean's. 110 (04 July): 44-45.

Raine, Susan. 2005. "Reconceptualising the Human body: Heaven's Gate and the Quest for Divine Transformation." Religion. 35 (April) : 98-117.

Streisand Betsy. 1997. "" US News & World Report. 122 (04 July): 26-31.

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