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March 31, 1997 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As coroners completed the grim task of examining the bodies of 39 cult members who died in a mass suicide here, a real estate agent said Sunday that two wealthy businessmen have offered to buy and raze the mansion where the deaths took place. The two men want to protect local property values and "spare Rancho Santa Fe the stigma of what happened" at the 9,200-square-foot house atop Colina Norte, real estate agent Steve Leggitt said.
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March 30, 1997 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
With the lighting of paschal candles and the ancient proclamation "He is risen!" Christians throughout the world today celebrate the central tenet of their faith--the resurrection of a Jewish holy man they call the Son of God. But as millions of the faithful observe the holiest day of their liturgical year, the Easter stories come against a backdrop of hopelessness--or misplaced hope--made grotesquely real by the mass suicide of 39 members of a cult in Rancho Santa Fe.
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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 29, 1997 | DAVID COLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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March 29, 1997 | JOHN M. GLIONNA and ALAN ABRAHAMSON and TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Grieving families around the nation began Friday to plan funerals for relatives they had long ago lost to the Heaven's Gate cult, which promised disciples they could evolve into extraterrestrials by severing all links to modern society and human desires.
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March 29, 1997 | KENNETH R. WEISS and DUKE HELFAND, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In New York, cult expert Marcia Rudin got more calls than she could possibly answer, forcing her to turn away anxious parents whose children had slipped deep into mysterious sects. In Los Angeles, Debbie Pine dashed from one television interview to another, laying out the warning signs of cult affiliation for a suddenly attentive public.
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March 29, 1997 | BILL BOYARSKY
Hearing about the horrible mass death in Rancho Santa Fe, I couldn't stop thinking of the parents of the dead. What a terrible thing for those who have survived their dead children--to have their offspring reduced to freaks. We journalists feed on victims such as these, dehumanizing them, cruelly showing their corpses on television and in the papers.
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March 28, 1997 | ANNE-MARIE O'CONNOR and GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
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.
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