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Applewhite persuades 38 Heaven’s Gate cultists to commit suicide

A stock photo showing plastic carrier bags


On this date, Marshall Applewhite offered ‘humans’ the chance to evolve. Evolution involved drinking sedatives and alcohol and then being asphyxiated with plastic bags.

Simple psychology would suggest that it was Applewhite’s repression and repulsion of his own homosexuality that created a belief system that diverted him away from his inner demons.

So that he would not have to look inwards, he looked to the stars, believing himself an extraterrestrial...