Heaven’s Gate was an American UFO religion based in San Diego, California, founded and led by Marshall Applewhite (1931–1997) and Bonnie Nettles (1928–1985). On March 26, 1997, police discovered the bodies of 39 members of the group who had committed suicide in order to reach an alien space craft which they believed was following the Comet Hale-Bopp. The bodies were all found on beds, cots, or mattresses. A 3’ by 3’ shroud of purple fabric was laid over all but two bodies’ upper torsos and heads. The two others had plastic bags over their heads. Each was wearing a black long-sleeved shirt, black pants, black or white socks, and new black Nike tennis shoes. All had close-cropped haircuts.