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April 2, 1997 | STEPHANIE SIMON and LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
One version features the reptilians and the orbs duking it out for control of Pluto. Another has a lucky few humans morphing into bald, dome-headed aliens as they drift off into cosmic bliss. Then there's the psychological drama approach: A youngish set designer, a film biz type, responds to an ad in the L.A.
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March 27, 1997 | TERENCE MONMANEY and LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Mystery shrouded the deaths, but there were also telling signs. The dozens of young men were dressed in black slacks, lying on their backs throughout the hillside mansion, neither trauma nor blood nor struggle in evidence. Whether the 39 people found in a Rancho Santa Fe house died in an orchestrated suicide or fell prey to mass murder wasn't clear late Wednesday. But the victims, said by the homeowner's attorney to belong to an extreme religious group calling itself the W.W.
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March 30, 1997 | DAVID FERRELL and JESSE KATZ and NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Befitting the space alien he claimed to be, Marshall Applewhite never really succeeded here on Earth, never made the desired inroads in human society. His message was aimed at the fringe, but it seemed a bit too far out for most, almost a caricature of wacky California thought. A redeemer descended from the "Next Level," he was locked in decades of spiritual war with rival space aliens.
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March 28, 1997 | TIM REITERMAN, Tim Reiterman investigated Peoples Temple for 1 1/2 years as a San Francisco Examiner reporter, and one of his stories led Rep. Leo Ryan to conduct a fact-finding mission to Jonestown in November 1978. Ryan was shot to death in an airport ambush there, along with three newsmen and a Temple defector. Reiterman was wounded and later wrote a history of the Temple
It was deja vu: Too many bodies, life snuffed out, arranged neatly in restful repose, showing no obvious signs of violence. In one case, the dead were shielded from the sun by the red-tiled roof of a million-dollar mansion in a wealthy Southern California enclave. In the other, they lay bloated around a tin-roofed pavilion in the jungle of a deeply impoverished South American country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 1997
The name was just too close for at least one woman, apparently jittery over last week's mass suicide by the Heaven's Gate cult in Rancho Santa Fe. When a flier showed up on the windshield of her car while she was shopping at a Ralphs market in Burbank, she called the police. "Heaven's Gates and Hell's Flames," it proclaimed.
NEWS
August 12, 1989
As an elected official, particularly one who serves on no private boards of directors nor as a paid consultant to any firm, I read The Times' articles (Aug. 6) on Mayor Bradley with more than passing interest. But I should point out that The Times' list of city-provided benefits, which included the use of a rent-free municipal mansion in Hancock Park, omitted the "possessory" tax paid directly by the mayor.
NEWS
April 4, 1997 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Heaven's Gate: The Movie" may soon be coming to the small screen. Reversing its previous stance, ABC said Thursday that it has signed a deal with the Kushner-Locke Co. and InterAct Entertainment Inc. to produce a TV movie focusing on the Heaven's Gate cult and the 39 members who committed suicide last week in Rancho Santa Fe. The proposed film would center on the account of Richard Ford, the lone survivor of Heaven's Gate who left the cult four weeks before the members killed themselves.
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