12 episodes

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.

Heaven's Gate Stitcher & Pineapple Street Media, Glynn Washington

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    • 4.6 • 214 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.

    Coming soon… Heaven’s Gate

    Coming soon… Heaven’s Gate

    Here’s a first glimpse through Heaven’s Gate - into the group’s decades-long history, as told by family, followers, experts, and the leaders themselves. Whatever you think you know - prepare to be surprised. Subscribe now and hear the first episode on October 18th. More info at www.heavensgate.show.

    • 5 min
    1: The Seekers

    1: The Seekers

    The Heaven's Gate faithful weren't freaks or space cadets. They were regular people, hungry for something more. They were Seekers. 

    • 35 min
    2: The Two

    2: The Two

    It's one thing to join a group your mom would call a cult. It's another thing when your mom starts one.

    • 40 min
    3: The Mothers

    3: The Mothers

    While The Two are recruiting new members into their nomadic lifestyle, one woman is trying desperately to make contact.

    • 44 min
    4: The Host

    4: The Host

    Host Glynn Washington shares more from his personal story of growing up in a cult.

    • 38 min
    5: The Tape

    5: The Tape

    After a sudden death in the group, Do sends a private, awkward, illuminating, confusing tape to Terrie Nettles.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
214 Ratings

214 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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