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It was ten years ago in 1997 that the world was stunned by news of the largest mass suicide ever on American soil.
39 men and women- mostly middle-aged and middle-class- were found in a San Diego mansion, all wearing the same bizarre uniform of black running suit and Nike sneakers.
Who were these people, and why did they do this? Heaven’s Gate searches for the roots of this tragedy and finds surprising clues in the New Age culture of 1970s California and the UFO craze of the Star Trek era.
We’ll meet people who were part of this cult throughout its 22 year history and see exclusive footage that the Heaven’s Gate members took of themselves while they were on their mission to prepare themselves for ‘the next stage of evolution above human’. We’ll see the group’s leader, Marshall Applewhite, preaching his apocalyptic gospel to his disciples and we’ll hear from the mothers, brothers, and sisters who lost their loved ones to this cult of death, disguised as a cult of life.
Heaven’s Gate traces the long journey of a unique group of people who through they were following the path to universal immortality and found instead a sad death in a San Diego suburb.
TV Show Canceled/Ended.