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
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.
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.
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.
3: The Mothers
While The Two are recruiting new members into their nomadic lifestyle, one woman is trying desperately to make contact.
4: The Host
Host Glynn Washington shares more from his personal story of growing up in a cult.
5: The Tape
After a sudden death in the group, Do sends a private, awkward, illuminating, confusing tape to Terrie Nettles.
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
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.
I loved this. Extremely well researched and presented. I listened to the whole thing in 3 days.