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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 • 4.4K 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
4.4K Ratings

4.4K Ratings

Mountainmermaid7 ,

Riveting

As a former “cult” person, who was a member of the United Pentecostal church for 5 yrs when I was in my 20s, I could empathize with members and the families. If it weren’t fir the loving arms of my family that I somewhat cut myself off from, I wouldn’t be the therapist that I am today.
This series was presented brilliantly and gave much food for thought and discussion with my husband who is a religious major but decided not to be a pastor because he didn’t really “believe”.
I’m not sure what I believe in now besides the power of love. Thank you!

bonzi74 ,

Such a shame

Such a shame that they used this narrator for this podcast. Almost like it’s two different shows...the change in his accent from professional to street is distracting. I wanted to learn more abt this group but can’t finish.

rbpooches21 ,

So so good

Extremely well done podcast. Heartfelt and really well researched. I truly enjoyed it.

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