March 30, 1997 |
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.
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.
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.
April 4, 1997 |
"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.
September 11, 1999 |
The mansion in which 39 members of a religious cult committed suicide 2 1/2 years ago has quietly been sold for what an official called the bargain price of $668,000, it was disclosed Friday. According to records in the San Diego County assessor's office, the property was sold in June to a local developer, William Strong. Gary Fairbanks, division chief in the assessor's office, said the land alone had been assessed at $1.4 million. "But . . .
March 28, 1997 |
Before it became the elegant coffin of an apocalyptic cult, the $1.6-million estate at the end of the Colina Norte cul-de-sac was simply prime Southern California property: three acres on a hilltop. Seven bedrooms, 7 1/2 baths, an elevator. Outside a pool, tennis court, even a putting green. The glossy pages of a real estate bible annointed the residence, with its sweeping ocean and canyon views, one of San Diego's dream homes.
March 29, 1997 |
First came shock, then the finger-pointing. On the Internet, where Heaven's Gate members maintained an extensive World Wide Web site and sent out large chunks of their philosophy to message groups, the reaction to the mass suicide began with sympathy and empathy. "It is terribly sad. People are searching for peace," wrote a regular on the message group known as alt.support.depression. "Who better than us know that feeling too well?" But it wasn't long before the digital fur was flying.