THE MARKER WE'VE BEEN...WAITING FOR

THE INCREDIBLE SAGA OF HOW A CHARISMATIC FORMER MUSIC TEACHER AND 38 ANDROGYNOUS FOLLOWERS KILLED THEMSELVES IN ORDER TO HOOK UP WITH A UFO

"PLANET EARTH ABOUT TO BE RECYCLED. YOUR ONLY CHANCE TO SURVIVE--LEAVE WITH US." --DO, LEADER OF HEAVEN'S GATE

If a group of people are going to choose to die together, it is best to have a master plan: proper burial outfits, packed suitcases, lists, farewell videotapes, even recipes for death. The ghastly jumble of bodies piled upon bodies discovered in Jonestown, Guyana, in 1978 may have provided a stark lesson in how not to do it. That mass suicide was a disorderly, ungracious way to meet your maker, a study not in serenity but in chaos.

So last week, in that...

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