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HEAVEN’S GATE MASS SUICIDE

Heaven’s gate was a religious UFO cult in San Diego, California. They believed planet Earth was supposed to be recycled (wiped clean, everyone dead) and the only way to survive was to leave immediately.

They believed that their bodies were vehicles only meant to help them on their journey. They performed mass suicide, but defined this suicide as going on to the “next level”. 

They thought that there only means of escape would be to board their souls abroad a space craft that was trailing comet Hale-Bopp.

The cult rented a 9,200-sq.-ft. mansion. 

Thirty-eight Heaven’s Gate members, plus group leader Applewhite, were found dead in the home on March 26, 1997. In the heat of the California spring, many of the bodies had begun to decompose by the time they were discovered. Autopsies were carried out on the corpses, and medical examiners found the people had taken cyanide and arsenic. 

The members took phenobarbital mixed with pineapple, washed down with vodka. Additionally, they secured plastic bags around their heads after ingesting the mix to induce asphyxiation.

 Authorities found the dead lying neatly in their own bunk beds, faces and torsos covered by a square, purple cloth. Each member carried a five-dollar bill and three quarters in their pockets, said to be for interplanetary toll.

You can read more about them here in this Wiki article

Only one of the group’s members, Rio DiAngelo/ did not kill himself: weeks before the suicides, in December 1996, DiAngelo agreed to leave the group so he could ensure future dissemination of Heaven’s Gate videos and literature. 

What’s really creepy is how this reddit user e-mailed them and they responded! (click picture to enlargen)

Woah! 

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Today in History, November 18th, 1978

918 members of the “People’s Temple” cult commit suicide at Jonestown.  The cult, led by Jim Jones, moved from the United States to Guyana (South America) and formed a commune called “Jonestown” in 1976. Jim Jones prophesied that there would be a destructive nuclear war between the US and the Soviet Union, and the cult moved to Guyana to avoid the fallout. On the morning of November 18th, 1978, Congressman Leo Ryan visited Jonestown to investigate rumors of abuse and mistreatment, as well as other concerns by family members.  Ryan left with 14 members who chose to leave Jonestown and return home.  

In response to Ryan’s visit and the departure of 14 “defectors”, Jones ordered the mass suicide of the entire cult.  Members drank grape Flavor Aide mixed with valium, cyanide,phenergan, and chloral hydrate.  Most members committed suicide willingly.  Those who didn’t were forcibly restrained and injected with poison.  Jim Jones himself committed suicide with a pistol.  A handful of members were able to survive the event by hiding or escaping into the jungle.

In the meantime, as Congressman Ryan and his party of “defectors” were boarding planes at an airstrip, when a number of armed cult members ambushed them, shooting and killing six, among them Congressman Ryan who was shot 20 times.  9 others were wounded.

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The Jonestown Death Tape - November 18, 1978

On November 18, 1978, nearly 900 members of Jim Jones’s People’s Temple committed a mass suicide by ingesting cyanide infused Kool-Aid.  

The audio in this video was taken from a cassette tape found at the scene in Guyana. The tape captured Jim Jones’s eerie voice urging his followers to commit suicide, accompanied by the sounds of crying children and applause. This tape features he and his followers’ last minutes alive.

A transcript of the video can be read here.

Why Does Los Angeles Attract So Many Cults?

"We went deep on the Los Angeles obsession with cults, cultists, cult-like groups, organizations we’d never refer to as cults for legal reasons, organizations that are definitely not cults but are kinda weird, and other related subjects. You don’t have to go into a trance or commune with any ancients to relive it—here it is, in all its alien superbeing glory:

An introduction:

· An Introduction to the Long History of Los Angeles Cults
· Ask the Experts: Why Does Los Angeles Attract So Many Cults?
· How to Start Your Own Los Angeles Cult in 14 Easy Steps

The buildings:
· 8 Notorious Los Angeles Cult Locations: Then and Now
· 7 of LA’s Most Magnificent Examples of Masonic Architecture

The juicy stories:
· The Pasadena Haunts of the Occultist Who Cofounded JPL
· The Earliest and Weirdest LA Cult Stories: 1700s to 1940s

The Manson Family:
· The Story of the Abandoned Movie Ranch Where the Manson Family Launched Helter Skelter
· Mapping 13 Key Locations in the 1969 Manson Family Murders

The health-obsessed:
· How Cultists, Quacks, and Naturemenschen Made Los Angeles Obsessed With Healthy Living
· The Respectable LA Houses of 1970s Hippie Cult The Source
· Café Gratitude and the Cult of Commerce

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- Curbed LA’s Cults Week

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Roch Thériault was a self-styled prophet and cult leader.   At its peak, the cult numbered three men, nine women, and twenty-six children (mostly fathered by Thériault) and resided on an isolated commune 100 km northeast of Toronto.  All of them- men, women and children, suffered bizarre physical torture at Thériault’s hands.

Roch Thériault’s cult did not start from a religious agenda.  He got his start as a leader by creating holistic detox seminars aimed at helping smokers and the like kick their habits.  Many of the members were drawn to Roch’s larger-than-life personality, so much so, a group of detoxifying acolytes left their jobs and homes to join him with his charitable initiatives.  Roch ended up moving his followers out into the wilderness as a means to keep them safe as he prophesized that the world would end in 1979.  As I’m sure you’re aware, the world did not end in 1979, but for whatever reason, Roch’s cult stuck with him.  In fact, they ended up becoming  prisoners, slaving to support him, bearing him children, watching him abuse those children sexually and physically, then losing those children to child protection services.  

On his good days, Thériault was the kindest and most caring cult leader you’d ever come across, but his moods would change drastically and  seemingly out of the blue.   A crying baby, not liking the way his food was prepared or failure to respond to sex enthusiastically and everyone would have to deal with his terror. None of that could compare to when Thériault started drinking though, as it was then that he would decide to play surgeon on his cult members. Victims would be fully conscious and held down by other members.  Using kitchen utensils and sometimes pliers and a blowtorch,  the  “healer” would go to work.  Several  followers lost limbs, fingers, toes, teeth and testicles.  Surprisingly enough,  the only fatalities until close to the end were two babies; one baby whom Thériault  circumcised, and another who was deliberately left outside in a wheelbarrow during subzero temperatures and froze to death.  Thériault and a few of his followers served time in jail for the first child’s death, but the cult carried on and so did his abuse once released from jail.  

One afternoon after spending the morning drinking and getting into arguments with his followers,  Roch asked whether any of his disciples required medical treatment.  Within minutes, 32-year-old Solange Boilard, who complained of stomach problems, lay naked on a wooden table in one of the commune’s log cabins. Theriault punched Boilard in the stomach and then proceeded to slice open her stomach with a freshly sharpened knife and rip off a piece of her intestines with his bare hands. He then had another follower, Gabrielle Lavallee stitch up the gaping wound with a needle and thread. The next day Boilard died.  

A year later, Gabrielle decided to leave the cult and go to the authorities concerning the deaths.  With only one arm, (Thériault had amputated one of her arm’s with a meat cleaver) Gabrielle told of the horrors she had endured while living with Roch Thériault. Thériault was eventually tried for Boilard’s murder and sentenced in 1990 to twenty-five years in prison.  During his prison stay, his faithful followers were allowed conjugal visits with Roch and he ended up with even more children.  On February 26, 2011, Roch Thériault was found dead in his prison cell.  Roch’s cell mate, Matthew Gerrard MacDonald, stabbed Thériault in the neck with a homemade knife. Afterwards, he walked to the guards’ station, handed them the knife and proclaimed, “That piece of shit is down on the range. Here’s the knife, I’ve sliced him up.”

perfect "hipster" party mix

the walker :: fitz & the tantrums

shut up & dance :: walk the moon

killer whales :: smallpools

texas :: magic man

ways to go (captain cuts remix) :: grouplove

come with me now :: kongos

geronimo :: sheppard

dancing song :: little comets

shake shake shake :: bronze radio
return

houdini :: foster the people

different colors :: walk the moon

tongue tied :: grouplove

harlem :: new politics

go outside :: cults

somebody :: jukebox the ghost

it’s about time :: young the giant

gotta get away :: the black keys

take a walk :: passion pit