The Relationship to Cults
Finally, the FBI was tasked with investigating mass suicides by the Heaven’s Gate cult (6). Heaven’s Gate was established in the early 1970s with the belief that the Earth was due to be “wiped clean” and that only a select group of people would be saved by space aliens when the event transpired.
To be eligible, a member had to erase all attachments to the planet, including all human characteristics such as family, friends, sexuality, individuality, jobs, money, and possessions. They even went so far as to castrate themselves and change their names. paranormal,paranormal,paranormal
In March 1997, Marshal Applewhite, one of the cult’s founders, who went by the name of “Do,” decided that it was time for the cult members to board an alien spaceship that was following Comet Hale-Bopp, then passing close to Earth. paranormal,paranormal,paranormal
This process involved the 39 cult members taking poison and placing plastic bags over their heads to induce asphyxiation. In this way, their souls would be transferred to the alien spaceship.
Applewhite and the other cult members were found in their bunks in repose at the cult’s mansion in San Diego. The FBI identified the bodies and determined that the cause of death was suicide. paranormal,paranormal,paranormal
Whether the Heaven’s Gate people made it to the spaceship or not is a matter of conjecture.