The Heaven's Gate 39 had been awaiting the cue to begin their final act. And last fall it apparently came, not in a heavenly vision but on Coast to Coast AM with Art Bell, a late-night talk-radio show that has become the nation's top meeting place of the reality challenged.

During a five-hour program that is carried on 335 stations across the nation every night and is heard by more than 10 million night owls, Bell is host to callers who usually relate a weird assortment of paranormal and supernatural tales. Alien abductions, poltergeists, UFO encounters, remote viewing, ESP and other...

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