Cult member talks through ‘benefits’ of castration before mass suicide that took dozens of lives

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You may be familiar with the infamous Heaven’s Gate cult who orchestrated a mass suicide in 1997 in the hopes of hopping on a spaceship to embark on a new life.

But before the traumatic event, some of the cult members were so set on their own self-sacrifice that they agreed to be castrated. Here’s one member explaining why he did it:

If you’re a little lost, let me bring you up to speed.

The Heaven’s Gate cult was formed by Marshall Applewhite and Bonnie Nettles, who convinced themselves that they were prophets for an extraterrestrial god.

In the 1970s, the pair managed to pick up a decent number of followers who came with them to prepare for a ‘transition’ into a new life on a spaceship

The bizarre cult lived in a commune for years, and believed that, if they rejected human nature, they would become immortal, androgynous beings and ascend to heaven, or the ‘next level’.

For some members, this involved castration.

In 1997, the bodies of 39 cult members were discovered in a San Diego house in what was later confirmed to be a mass suicide.

Applewhite had convinced members that the recently discovered Comet Hale-Bopp, which was about to pass Earth, would have a spaceship following behind it, which would be their way to the ‘next level’.

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  1. In a destructive cult the narcissistic leader essentially wants ollowers to become clones. Heaven’s Gate cult leader Applewhite chose castration and his followers then did the same. An illustration of the extreme level of control within this cult.

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