Heaven’s Gate was a cult that rivaled the Peoples’ Temple when it came to its deadly suicide, but that alone isn’t what made it such a strange cult. This group was founded by Marshall “Bo” Applewhite and his friend, Bonnie Nettles, after he had a vision while in a hospital.
Bo believed that he was getting transmissions from an alien group. He believed that aliens were going to wipe out earth as part of a “recycling plan,” and that the only way to be saved is to get on a spaceship that would be behind the comet Hale-Bopp.
Anyone who wanted to join Heaven’s Gate would have to give up their gender, perform bizarre tasks on a daily basis, and also ignore all sexual impulses as a part of the “purification” process. The cult ended when the majority of members commit suicide via poison while waiting for their space ship to arrive.
Though most of the members of the cult are dead, there are a handful of survivors left–including one who keeps up the website.