In 1997, 39 people took their own lives to reach what they believed was an extraterrestrial spacecraft following Comet Hale–Bopp.

All of them were dressed in black, wearing Nike Decade sneakers, and killed themselves in shifts over three days, with members arranging the bodies of those who died before them.

A Morbidly Fascinating Tour Inside the Heaven's Gate Mansion

Police stand guard at the closed road at the base of the hill at the Rancho Santa Fe gated community in San Diego, Calif., scene of the Heaven’s Gate cult mass suicide on March 28, 1997.

To this day, after more than 20 years, the Heaven’s Gate mass suicide still lives inside American consciousness.

A Morbidly Fascinating Tour Inside the Heaven's Gate Mansion

Gurneys are shown in front of the Southern California mansion where, in 1997, members of the Heaven’s Gate cult killed themselves by ingesting poison.

True Crime Magazine’s Behind the Tape Photobook features nearly 20 exclusive shots taken inside the Santa Fe mansion the Heaven’s Gate cult rented for their “escape,” as well as over a hundred more crime scenes.


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