Episode 4: Gate Expectations (Heaven's Gate)

Heaven's Gate's original website remains active to this day with a flashing RED ALERT banner still blinking. You can visit it and see for yourself here.  

In writing this episode, we consulted the following primary and secondary sources:

 Primary Sources

 ​"Heaven's Gate's Happy Ending." Saturday Night Live. URL (accessed March 28, 2017). 

"Heaven's Gate: A Timeline." San Diego Union-Tribune, March 18, 2007. URL (accessed March 28, 2017).

Purdum, Todd S. "Ex-Cultist Dies In Suicide Pact; 2d Is 'Critical.'" New York Times, May 7, 1997. URL (accessed March 28, 2017).

"Suicide Linked to Heaven's Gate." Los Angeles Times, February 21, 1998. URL (accessed March 28, 2017).

Secondary Sources

Bearak, Barry. "Eyes on Glory: Pied Pipers of Heaven's Gate." New York Times, April 28, 1997. URL (accessed March 28, 2017).

Chryssides, George D., and Benjamin Zeller, eds. The Bloomsbury Companion to New Religious Movements. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2014.

Robinson, Wendy Gale. "Heaven's Gate: The End?" Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication 3, no. 3 (1997). Available online here.

Zeller, Benjamin E. Heaven's Gate: America's UFO Religion. New York: New York University Press, 2014.

Sects Ed


Recorded at LEADR

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506 E. Circle Dr. 

East Lansing, MI 48824


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