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 Witness Docs

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    • 4.6 • 403 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
403 Ratings

403 Ratings

maddy4817 ,

Refreshing spin on cult reporting

Having listened to my fair share of true crime/historical podcasts, I’ve listened to plenty of cult-related episodes/series. A lot of the times hosts will have a bit of a laugh and/or write off members as just being plain old crazy, choosing to focus more on the action of the story rather than the people - which is okay, but I really appreciated the host’s effort to empathize with the members, interview their family members, and in general dig deeper into the mindset of those who joined. It made the story much more emotional and heavy-hitting for me. Will be listening to more by Glynn!

shay.kh ,

Really enjoyed it.

Very fascinating!!

Forty Fit and Fierce Female ,

Thoughtful and thorough (a podcast show like none I’ve come across)

One of the best podcasts I’ve come across. It’s thoughtful and empathetic. The host, Glynn Washington, is very relatable and showcases the families of the cult members of Heaven Gate in a very quiet but impactful way. You really see the humanity in each person interviewed and in each of the members of this group and that’s what makes this show priceless.

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