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In 1997, thirty-nine people took their own lives in an apparent mass suicide. The events captivated the media and had people across the planet asking the same question... ‘Why?’ 20 years later, those who lost loved ones and those who still believe - tell their story. Hosted by Glynn Washington of Snap Judgment. "Heaven's Gate: The Cult of Cults," is now a four-part docuseries inspired by this podcast, streaming on HBO Max.

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    • 4.6 • 205 Ratings

In 1997, thirty-nine people took their own lives in an apparent mass suicide. The events captivated the media and had people across the planet asking the same question... ‘Why?’ 20 years later, those who lost loved ones and those who still believe - tell their story. Hosted by Glynn Washington of Snap Judgment. "Heaven's Gate: The Cult of Cults," is now a four-part docuseries inspired by this podcast, streaming on HBO Max.

    Witness Docs Presents: The Atlas Obscura Podcast

    Witness Docs Presents: The Atlas Obscura Podcast

    Atlas Obscura's mission is to inspire wonder and curiosity about the incredible world we all share. Atlas Obscura co-founder and host Dylan Thuras is here to guide you on an audio journey to discover new and hidden places; perhaps on the other side of the world, or perhaps in your own backyard. Once there, you’ll hear stories and history from the incredible people who make these places special.

    Visit ​atlasobscura.com/podcast​ or follow the show in your favorite podcast app! New episodes are available every day, Monday through Thursday.

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    • 7 min
    10: The Class

    10: The Class

    39 people exit their vehicles, and stun the world. Families, classmates and the rest of us grapple with what comes after.

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    • 53 min
    9: The Comet

    9: The Comet

    Heaven’s Gate members get the sign they’ve been waiting for.

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    • 48 min
    8: The Unknowns

    8: The Unknowns

    This week - the “what if” questions surrounding Heaven’s Gate. Plus, your stories.

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    • 51 min
    7: The Programming

    7: The Programming

    Gail Maeder was smart, fun and happy, before she joined Heaven’s Gate. What got into her head?

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    • 45 min
    6: The Choice

    6: The Choice

    Frank and Erika, a couple in love, join a celibate group. Years later, Do poses a fateful question.

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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
205 Ratings

205 Ratings

Dodo ebe ,

Very Sad

The earth is still here
John 14:6 (Amplified Bible - AMP)
6 Jesus said to him, "I am the [only] Way [to God] and the [real] Truth and the [real] Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
Jesus' Oneness with the Father

Chutgai83 ,

Good full story, needed some polish

This podcast gave a good narrative of the Heavens Gate story from end to end, and helped you get to know some of the real people involved, and a good sense of the true tragedy that it was.
But it needs better pacing - it was hard to get into, and I almost gave up as the first few episodes are slow. The narrator is also not ideal for a podcast as he rushes/swallows a lot of his words. And I particularly found the episode describing his upbringing in a cult as a waste of airtime - not a fan of reporters inserting themselves into the story. I’d recommend this podcast, but with some fast forwarding.

Damianjb1 ,

Fascinating

I loved this. Extremely well researched and presented. I listened to the whole thing in 3 days.

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