In October of 1996, the members of the Heaven’s Gate cult begin preparing for a mass suicide that they’ve been promised will take them to the „next level.”
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When the bodies of the 39 men and women were found in rooms throughout the spacious Rancho Santa Fe mansion outside of San Diego, California, on March 26, 1997, their deaths by suicide enabled the media to transform them from members in a UFO cult previously known as Human Individual Metamorphosis to the Heaven’s Gate suicide cult. According to what could be learned about the deceased in letters and videotapes that they had left behind, they had interpreted the arrival of the Hale-Bopp comet as the sign for which they had been waiting. When the comet passed overhead, they would hasten their „graduation from the human evolutionary level” through self-administered poison and hitch a ride to their „Father’s Kingdom” on the extraterrestrial spacecraft that they believed followed in the wake of the comet’s tail.
The cosmology of what has come to be known as the Heaven’s Gate cult was born in the minds of Marshall Herff Applewhite (1931–1997) and Bonnie Lu Trousdale Nettles (1927–1985) sometime around 1972 when they formed the Christian Arts Center in Houston for the declared purpose of helping to make humans more aware of their spiritual potential by sponsoring lectures in comparative religion, mysticism, meditation, and astrology. Apple-white, the son of a Presbyterian minister, had served with the Army Signal Corps in Salzburg, Austria; studied sacred music at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia; directed musicals for the Houston Music Theatre; and from 1966 to 1971 taught music at the University of St. Thomas in Houston. Nettles, an astrology enthusiast, was a graduate of the Hermann Hospital School of Professional Nursing in 1948 and worked as a nurse in the Houston
„Behind the scenes, these people were having their minds f****d.
There are many great illusions that can be performed. These people were not so stupid that they just simply volunteered for suicide because some jackass asked them to.
What they were given is what they perceived to be proof positive. And you know what the fuck that means? Some very crazy shit went down, very crazy shit I’m afraid. You don’t just walk up to someone and say if you kill yourself with me you can move on to a grand existence.
It’s just like that cult in Russia, you can see it in the vice videos. One of the adherents states clearly that they do indeed see strange things flying around there sometimes. What did the leader just walk up and say „hey, I’m a god so come and follow me.” Oh no he did not. Grand illusions were performed. Crazy shit went down.
There are more illusions than I care to know about at this point but I myself have seen several. And just about anyone of us, without proper knowledge and teaching and warnings, can be hooked like a fucking fish.
These people, although they may appear to be stupid, were not. They were tricked, hooked, lied to, but it wasn’t your average lie. Major illusions were performed, probably both visual, auditory, mental, perhaps even in dream states, and they were tricked entirely.
The leader of this thing was also given grand illusions it would seem. They hooked his ass and sent him to hook others. But once again it wasn’t your average lying, they have many grand illusions they can perform right in front of us.
It’s worth looking into anyway.”
Heaven’s Gate was an American UFO religious millenarian group based in San Diego, California, founded in the early 1970s and led by Marshall Applewhite (1931–1997) and Bonnie Nettles (1927–1985). On March 26, 1997, police discovered the bodies of 39 members of the group who had committed mass suicide in order to reach what they believed was an extraterrestrial spacecraft following Comet Hale–Bopp.
In 1972, Marshall Applewhite met Bonnie Nettles, a nurse with an interest in theosophy and biblical prophecy, and the two quickly became close friends. He later recalled that he felt like he had known her for a long time and concluded that they had met in a past life. She told him their meeting had been foretold to her by extraterrestrials, persuading him that he had a divine assignment.
source:unexplainedstuff.com,National Geographic, History TV