Red Alert: It Was 20-Years Ago Today That The Heaven’s Gate Cult Got Really, Really Famous


The 911 tip seemed so preposterous that dispatchers in southern California treated it with all the urgency of a littering complaint.

Twenty years ago Sunday, a payphone caller claimed dozens of people had committed suicide at a Mediterranean-style villa in the gilded San Diego suburb of Rancho Santa Fe.

Two hours later, sheriff’s Deputy Robert Brunk crept into the mansion and found a macabre scene of ritualized death.

Investigators counted 39 corpses — 21 women and 18 men ranging in age from 26 to 72. It was the largest mass suicide ever on U.S. soil.

The bodies were precisely staged — “Star Trek” meets “Doomsday Preppers.”

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  • That was one bizarre cult.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Hell yeah!
      I remember all the jokes and recriminations that went around about who was responsible and how degenerate we were becoming as a society, and now I look back as if they were the good old days of innocence.

      • Clausewitz

        “I’d give my left nut to join that group”. Apparently in the end you had to give both of them.

    • Be careful Cat. Justin might pass a law banning Heavensgateophobia.

    • Justin St.Denis

      aren’t all cults bizarre by definition?

      • Clausewitz

        It’s part of their mind control mantra.

    • DMB

      Who needs the Heaven’s gate cult when you have the Church of Scientology.

      • LairdKintyre

        At least you know what to expect from Scientology. Considering the founder was a science fiction writer and was kicked out of the US Navy and lost his commission for gross incompetence during WWII.

  • LairdKintyre

    I first read about these nutters way back in the mid 1980s in a book called “”God’s of Aquarious”” it was about UFO visitations. I was into that stuff when I was a kid. The book contained an interview with the leaders of the cult, they called themselves Bo and Peep back them. The next time I heard of the pair and their cult was when the mass suicide ended up in the news.

  • Heaven’s Gate; the Manson Family; Jim Jones, the “Peoples Temple” and Jonestown. Rich people and California. Need I say more?

    • UCSPanther

      California has a reputation for being a breeding ground for cults. From the hippie era to the end of the 1970s, there was an explosion in people experimenting with weird cults, bastardized Eastern religions/philosophies and bizarro occult rituals, and much of this occurred on the West Coast.

      The Jonestown blowout put an end to that fad.

  • HalcyonDaze

    Heavens Gate was just another death cult and the only difference between them and Islam was that they were required to kill themselves rather than every non believer around them.

    • Justin St.Denis

      And all while wearing Nikes. Don’t forget the Nikes. They didn’t.