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Why Is The Heaven's Gate Cult Website Still Alive?

Members of the Heaven’s Gate cult (who put San Diego on the map for all the wrong reasons) may be mostly dead and gone, but for some reason their tacky website is still alive and well.

The site features cheesy GeoCities styling, which hasn’t changed since the site went up in 1997, and it's full of information about the cult’s far out beliefs.

There are also a bunch of video segments that are oh so creepy to watch knowing full well what lies in store for the followers of Marshall Applewhite.

(YouTube Link)

It’s unclear what they’re hoping to accomplish by keeping the site up and running, but the anonymous webmaster(s?) will actually reply to emails if you’re inclined to ask them why their strange site still exists.

Personally, I think it should just be considered some kind of online art project at this point-  an oddity, a historical time capsule, and a warning against going too far with your beliefs.

-Via Gizmodo


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The People's Temple massacre was a tragedy of epic proportions. The Heaven Gate deaths had fewer victims, but an added weirdness level because they all, every one of them, bought into their beliefs so strongly and just calmly carried out their suicide plan to the letter.
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I remember when this happened, and I don't know why, but it's still as morbidly fascinating now as it was then. Compare it to the Jim Jones cult (which I also remember), which was of much greater magnitude than Heaven's Gate, but I guess for Heaven's Gate, technology tie-in is a greater pull. Maybe some intrepid urban explorer should go visit Jonestown.
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