Heaven's Gate Cult


On March 26, 1997, I was taking an intensive math test when a shocking event occurred in Rancho Santa Fe. It was around 1:30 p.m. when a call came into the San Diego County sheriff’s office. The office did not think anything of it, so they put the call on last priority. A few hours later the sheriff sent his deputy, Robert Brunk, to check out the scene. Upon his arrival into the mansion full of a deadly odor, he counted ten bodies and then ran back out for fresh air. He then called in more officers for assistance. In the mansion called Monastery mansion, they discovered thirty-nine dead bodies. Among the thirty-nine there were twenty-one women and eighteen men. As they found the people, ...

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on this belief, but in a different form. They said that a UFO would come and take them to the level of the "Kingdom of God." The ability to accomplish this was by leaving behind the body in which their soul live. To prepare themselves, each person gave up possessions, hid who they were, watched their diets, and accepted abstinence. Upon the coming of the Hale-Bopp comet, were they thought the UFO maintained, thirty-nine people killed themselves by a mixture of drugs, alcohol, and suffocation. In memory for all, each member left a testimonial explaining that they were joyous to be in a better place and excited to finally leave earth.
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The opinions of the public varied when it came to the Heaven’s Gate suicides. James M. Morris wrote "Absolutely" in The Wilson Quarterly argued that the attitudes of the people who committed suicide were judged wrong. Morris added that the people who researched the Heaven’s Gate cult did a horrible job. Morris also stated that the ...

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Added: 9/5/2006 02:09:45 PM
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