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16 years ago: Do you remember 'Heaven's Gate'?

  • In 1997, a mass suicide shocked the nation
  • The story of Heaven's Gate generated much press coverage
  • How much do you remember about the case?

This week in 1997, an anonymous tip led to the discovery of 39 bodies inside a San Diego, California, mansion. All were victims of a mass suicide. Authorities found 21 women and 18 men in Nike sneakers and matching dark clothing.

The dead members of a religious cult called Heaven’s Gate. They believed their suicides would allow them to leave their bodies and enter an alien spaceship, the arrival of which coincided with the appearance Hale-Bopp comet.

Hear from the first man to discover the bodies. 

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