"We take the prize, I guess, of being the cult of
cults." So declared the self-loathing homosexual
who led Heaven's Gate, somehow failing to mention
either "destructive" or "brainwashing"
in his description. Applewhite's characterization proved to
be inadequate in March 1997, after the group's elaborate
With a total membership of just 39 people, Applewhite was
certainly no Jim Jones. But what
do you expect from someone whose middle name is "Herff"?
Although he did manage to snag Uhura's brother.
Poor astronomer; decided the Hale-Bopp comet was the sign
of impeding apocalypse, when he should have waited for a
comet that was hurling at the Earth. Called himself
"Do" and his co-leader "Ti", leaving
speculation that Re, Mi, Fa, So and La are still on the
Cult members led an ascetic life, in their efforts to
achieve "Human Individual Metamorphosis" -- the
transformation into an "Evolutionary Level Above
Human." Despite its Nietzschean overtones, this concept
referred to the exchange of their current physical forms for
brand-new space alien bodies.
In a September 1995 post to Usenet, Applewhite announced
his plan to the general public. Introducing himself as
"Jesus, Son of God", Doe@Ti.Lah explained
that the time was nigh for him to experience a second death
and resurrection. Which would give us another Easter to
celebrate (great if you love chocolate rabbits). The only
weird thing in this scenario was the UFO stuff.
I am not naive. I am quite aware that what I am saying
here will to many, if not most, sound like I should be
locked up as a mental case at the least. However, that
awareness cannot stand in the way of my simple
acknowledgment of these facts for the sake of those who
might go with us, and also for the sake of those who
desire to be a contributor to our demise or exit from this
And, in a move that would have made David
Koresh proud, Applewhite suggested that potential
followers vigorously exercise their Second Amendment rights:
If you DO recognize me and choose to look to me for
guidance, I would recommend that you purchase firearms,
get comfortable using them (or partner with someone who
can), and somehow position yourselves (separate from
others enough to not be vulnerable) so that you might
establish a relationship with me, protected from
interference as far as possible. In this day and time the
authorities make no bones about their "need" to
protect the public from "dangerous radicals like
us." They will aggressively attempt to require us to
abide by their values and their rules (which are of this
Luciferian world and its society -- as difficult as that
might be to believe). They won't hesitate to trump up
charges or suspicions in order to search us or take us
into custody so they can "judge for themselves"
whether or not we are some kind of a threat.
In a subsequent video made by the cult, Applewhite moved
up the timetable. But he also equivocated just a little:
"I feel that we are at the end of the age. Now,
the end of the age, I'm afraid I feel is, right upon us.
It's gonna come -- now, I don't want to sound like a
prophet -- but my gut says, and everything else that I
know points to, that it's going to come before the turn of
the century. That it's going to come in the next few
months, or next year or two. I could be off. I thought it
-- Ti and I thought it was going to end within a few
months. The age was going to end in 1975."
Pretty convincing stuff.
In the years prior to joining Hale-Bopp, the
"X-Files" and "Star Trek" nerds filled
time as competent web designers in San Diego, seemingly
normal except for the fact that some eight of them had
undergone voluntary castration-- in apparent denial of their
human bodies. It seems the testicles of their human
body-vehicles were interfering with their alien
spirit-nature. Being unable to procreate, such a cult is
doomed; it is no wonder Suicide was the end-game.
They checked out by mixing booze with Nembutal. According to
the written protocol found on-scene:
Take the little package of pudding or applesauce and
eat a couple of teaspoons. Pour the medicine in and stir
it up. Eat it fairly quickly and then drink the vodka
beverage. Then lay back and rest quietly.
|10 Apr 1997
||Responding to a
question about Whitewater during a WAMU talk radio
show, First Lady Hillary Clinton bemoans "the
never-ending fictional conspiracy that, honest to
goodness, reminds me of some people's obsession with
UFOs and the Hale-Bopp comet some days."