New podcast episode about Heaven’s Gate cult

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Next month (March 26) marks the 26th anniversary of the Heaven’s Gate cult mass suicide—when 39 people ingested poison in a Rancho Santa Fe Mansion, in the hopes of catching a ride on the Hale-Bopp comet. Inspired by cult leaders Bonnie Nettles and Marshall Applewhite, the group strived to reach what they called the “Kingdom Level Above Human,” and believed that by killing themselves they were releasing themselves from their physical vessels and would ascend to heaven aboard a UFO. It’s a terrible story and way too reminiscent of the Jim Jones Jonestown massacre.

Whether you’re familiar with the case or are just hearing about it, if you want to learn more, the podcast “Murder in America” just released a terrific episode covering it. The podcast, hosted by Courtney Browen and Colin Browen, describes the episode:

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