This year with marks the 10th anniversary of the Heavenâ€™s Gate suicides that took place March 23, 1997 in Rancho Santa Fe outside of Sand Diego in Southern California.
This video features Marshall Applewhite. He was the leader of the Heaven's Gate cult. He died in the cult's suicide in 1997.These are clips obtained while filming the documentary "Heaven's Gate: The Day After. They were given to us by Chuck Humphrey, who was known as RKKody while he was with the Heaven's Gate group, just prior to his suicide in 1998.
While attending Boise State University in the mid eighties director Sergio Myers encountered members of the Heavenâ€™s Gate cult who were on campus recruiting new members. Three years later, after the mass suicide of 39 members, Myers compiled footage taken from the Idaho recruiting session.
It is the directorâ€™s goal to portray the cult members as people who loved life, and welcomed the "next level" - not as fanatics. Through the use of their farewell video, one can see the joy on the cult membersâ€™ faces two days prior to their deaths. This was not a dangerous group such as the Manson Family or as extreme as the Branch Davidians; but ultimately, as in Jonestown, the lives of numerous people are gone for reasons to complex to fathom.
For more video clips and to purchase the critically acclaimed film on DVD go to: http://www.heavensgatemovie.com