Heaven's Gate: The Definitive Story
In 1997 the world was stunned by news of the largest mass suicide ever on American soil. 39 men and women, mostly middle-aged and middle-class, were found in a San Diego mansion, all wearing the same bizarre uniform of black running suit and Nike sneakers. Who were these people, and why did they do this? The programme searches for the roots of this tragedy and finds surprising clues in the New Age culture of 1970s California and the UFO craze of the Star Trek era. We?ll meet people who were part of this cult throughout its 22 year history and see exclusive footage that the Heaven?s Gate members took of themselves while they were on their mission to prepare themselves for ?the next stage of evolution above human?.