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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.

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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.

    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
    5: The Tape

    5: The Tape

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

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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
4.3K Ratings

4.3K Ratings

ED DR. ,

Insightful podcast

Glynn Washington does a terrific job narrating this insightful and educational podcast about the dangers and mysticism of cult life. He brings it to a level that is understandable for those of us taken aback by the concept. It reminds us that anyone of us could be affected by this or lose a loved one to it and I think it’s important to be educated so we can watch for the signs in the people we love. Thank you for putting this out.

mmmsophisticatedmama ,

The same thing that happens to others

Glynn, I like you. I really do. But, just because you left a religion and lost your religious faith (like so many Catholics I know) doesn’t mean you should belittle Christian faiths. To say that killing yourselves in order to ride a spaceship hiding in a comet is just as plausible as the basis of the Christian faith or one of the huge Jewish faith miracles of old is unfounded. Please be more respectful and leave your personal feelings out of such otherwise great reporting and hosting. That’s why I insubbed from Snap Judgement.

ABClemons ,

Honest and Empathetic

I didn’t grow up in a cult, but my experience as an Evangelical during the 90s really makes this resonate. The host is respectful. He’s empathetic. This is “err by the grace of god” territory, and he knows it. It’s well put together, and the story that the narrative tells is gripping.

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