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Heaven’s Gate Website Still Active

By Peter V. Milo

SAN DIEGO (CBS Las Vegas) –  Some websites, once popular, eventually fade into obscurity and become what are known as “ghost sites.” Though left untouched and unedited for extensive amounts of time, these sites continue to exist like time capsules buried deep in the Internet.

Heaven’s Gate has one such website.

The Heaven’s Gate cult gained notoriety in the late 1990s with its belief that Earth was about to be sanitized – or as they phrased it, “recycled” – and all life at the time would be wiped out to make way for a new dawn of human civilization.

The cult was ahead of the curve in the sense that they used the Internet, then in its infancy, to relay its message. However, they committed mass suicide in March 1997 with the arrival of the Hale-Bopp Comet, which they believed was the sign of the apocalypse.

The cult’s website, HeavensGate.com, hasn’t been updated since then.

Its most recent page, entitled “’Away Team’ Returns to Level Above Human in Distant Space,” states that, “[b]y the time you receive this, we’ll be gone – several dozen of us …  we have now exited the bodies that we were wearing for our earthly task … task completed.”

However, long after the suicides, the site is still actively maintained. The domain name and the server have been renewed every year since 1997 by an unknown party acting under a cloak of anonymity.

The WHOIS records show that all contact information is kept private. And when called, the information phone number listed greets callers with an error message.

“Please note this voicemail box is not monitored,” it states.

There is also an email address listed, which serves as an alias for the email address on the site itself.

The history of the domain name reveals that it was owned by the Telah Foundation and the contact was Mark King. These records were updated last year, at which point the contact information was removed.

It is hard to define the identity of the Telah Foundation. Information on Mark King is equally as scarce, and with the exception of old WHOIS records, the only mention that CBS Las Vegas found of him was in a lawsuit from 1998.

In that lawsuit he was named as a trustee of the cult and was suing to halt the sale of unauthorized Heaven’s Gate merchandise by the defendant in the case, Chuck Humphrey. Later on that year, Humphrey killed himself with an overdose of barbiturates, much like the other Heaven’s Gate members.

There also doesn’t seem to be a connection with the site to the last known Heaven’s Gate survivor, Rio DiAngelo, although DiAngelo holds firm to the same tenets by which the cult lived.

“I can say with absolute undeniable certainty that ‘Do’ [AKA Marshall Applewhite] was a second coming of Jesus,” he said in an interview with CNN last year.

CBS Las Vegas contacted the site directly via email for information about the current status of Heaven’s Gate.

The responses to those emails were sparse and lacking in detail. Whoever responded was not forthcoming with any information about the individuals that run the site.

But the recipient did admit that the site is still run by the Telah Foundation, which has a total of two members.

“The Group left us to take care of the website, book and the tapes that they wanted to speak for them,” the group told CBS Las Vegas. “[But] very few people ask for the book or tapes, so very little is given out.”

The Telah Foundation also says that the group that committed suicide were “the finest and most caring individuals that were on this planet,” and that they have “no plans other than continuing with the Task the Class gave us back in 1996.”

As for the upcoming date of Dec. 21, 2012, a day believed by many to be the beginning of the end for humanity, the Telah Foundation is not worried.

“Our own opinion is that it is a bunch of nonsense,” the representative said. “The world will still be here on December 22.”

Comments

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  1. CRL says:

    The TELAH Foundation is comprised of Mark and Sarah King who were with the HG group from @1976-87 when Mark was asked to leave the group by Do and Sarah left shortly thereafter and they subsequently married. What they neglected to tell you is that others besides themselves were given the group’s materials to distribute, notably RKK (Chuck Humphrey) who was given the original masters to their last two videos made. He was also asked to upload their final statements to hg.com. RKK and another former member OSC (aka Wayne Parker) retrieved hundreds of audio tapes that the group made from 1982-97 from a storage locker in San Diego and Mark King manipulated RKK into giving them to him and it was to be on the condition that they be released. This has never been done except for the tapes made from 1982-85 that RKK had made copies of unbeknownst to Mark King. Mark tried to prevent RKK and I from distributing these materials that the group specifically asked be “disseminated”. If anyone is interested the entire story can be found at crlody.wordpress.com.

    1. Eric says:

      I’m glad they maintain the site. It serves as a reminder to other potential loons.

  2. Denbo says:

    If all life was to “wiped out” as per Heaven’s Gate then WHY would they keep the website going?

    Seems like most religions/cults their predictions just don’t come true.

    1. Basil says:

      They are not maintaining the website; it’s simply still up. They had a hosting contract, like any website does, that hasn’t expired. Their domain expires this December.

      1. Denbo says:

        I have a couple of websites that are also hosted. The contracts are a minimum of 1 year. Are you telling me they signed a 15 year contract? Why? Why bother when they aren’t going to be here and according to them,,, neither should we be here??

        Just asking,…

      2. DrMorbius says:

        “However, long after the suicides, the site is still actively maintained. The domain name and the server have been renewed every year since 1997 by an unknown party acting under a cloak of anonymity.”

        Reading comprehension is becoming a lost art… *sigh*

      3. stopthe says:

        It’d be a shame if a historical site like this disappears. I hope the Wayback Machine crawls it or something.

  3. Mike says:

    They misspelled “tenet”.

  4. Icanspell says:

    “There also doesn’t seem to be a connection with the site to the last known Heaven’s Gate survivor, Rio DiAngelo, although DiAngelo holds firm to the same tenants by which the cult lived.”

    The word is TENETS, you idiots, not “TENANTS”. A tenant is someone who rents property. A tenet is a fundamental belief.

    Don’t journalists learn how to use dictionaries anymore?

    1. The Morrigan's Pet says:

      They seldom use dictionaries because, as demonstrated, they can’t spell. They used to have editors, but those went the way of the dinosaurs.

  5. FreemonSandlewould says:

    Why can’t dumbocrats follow them? After all it would reduce their carbon footprint.

    Not to mention leave the rest of us much less annoyed.

    1. Hourta says:

      Oh for Christ’s sake, can we please leave politics out of this? I’m sorry you hate “the dumbocrats” but that venom is completely out of place on this article.

      1. Jersey Dave says:

        +1 to Hourta. This is more about cults, and how in the beginnings of the Internet as we know it today, one was using it as a work place and as a tool to spread their doctrines. Politics can stay out of it, it is serious stuff and shouldn’t be turned into another troll fest.

  6. Randy Bobandy says:

    All religion is a mental illness.

    1. Vicky Bennett says:

      Randy. I love my Christian Religion. You have yours, I have mine…. No need to get nasty.

      1. no says:

        Great, then! Keep your religion out of politics, legislation, and classrooms. We should do just fine, then! You can’t have it both ways. “I’m going to enforce my religion on you in every possible aspect of life, but don’t you dare criticize my stupid belief, because I’m allowed to have it and you telling me that I shouldn’t impact your life with it against your will is just you being intolerant of my intolerance!”

        DURP DURP Vicky.

      2. Jersey Dave says:

        Oh the anti religion trolls have shown up, lovely. How about setting an example for “rational thought” and not being a jerk on here? The South Park episode about activist atheists was so spot on, you’re just as annoying as the other trolls on here just to star stuff in the comments section.

    2. shush says:

      Except for the Church of Gaia and the Cult of Class Warfare, right baby?

  7. Vicky Bennett says:

    This is much too wierd!

  8. Carlos Childrestino says:

    Jerry Cuidadito mulanos chanchos el soy la copia

    1. Vicky Bennett says:

      English first.

  9. Truth says:

    Life…it’s just not for everyone.

  10. no says:

    What a stupid and pointless news story. Also, nobody has necessarily been “maintaining the site and renewing the domain”. I have domains paid up and registered through my particular register for more than ten years into the future. That means that if I died today, my domains would still exist and be active beyond 2022. But I guess the ignorant CBS news reporters would assume that someone has been magically “maintaining” my domain that whole time, huh?

    1. Rusty Schucklefurd says:

      re: “Great, then! Keep your religion out of politics, legislation, and classrooms. We should do just fine, then! You can’t have it both ways. “I’m going to enforce my religion on you in every possible aspect of life, but don’t you dare criticize my stupid belief, because I’m allowed to have it and you telling me that I shouldn’t impact your life with it against your will is just you being intolerant of my intolerance!”

      No – who is forcing you to believe or do anything? And, out of fairness, I guess you will also keep your moral views out of “politics, legislation, and classrooms” as well – right?

      1. stopthe says:

        Not sure who you’re replying to but you make a good point. Dawkins has made the same point: it is time for religion to answer the criticisms leveled at it in public. If you make your religious beliefs public, expect to have to defend them publicly, or be persecuted. Because religion in the public sphere is not religion at all: it is politics.

  11. JimboElrod says:

    So, the world was going to be “recycled” in the late ’90’s, and wasn’t (here it is 12+ years later). And now whoever is still running the show isn’t worried about the 12/21/12 apocalyptic visions floating around out there? (Enter in here the opening theme from “Twilight Zone”.) One thing is for certain…there’s a moron born every minute of every day.

  12. mitch says:

    Groupthink is usually dangerous. Long live the freedom of the individual. Protect your mind.

  13. Dave says:

    Black Nikes!

  14. Bob says:

    This is all about Free Speech. After all the gov’t (and their corporate cronies) censor the media and ban books like “America Deceived II”.

    Last link of “America Deceived II” before it is completely censored:

    http://www.amazon.com/America-Deceived-II-Possession-interrogation/dp/1450257437

    1. Jersey Dave says:

      If America was censored you wouldn’t be able to make and sell this book. *Facepalm* We’re getting the whole spectrum in this comment section today.

      Guys, let’s just think of the poor misguided people who died in this cult, and others, and how the internet, what we see as advanced tech, was their business. A unique contrast. The site stands as a reminder of the dangers of cults and is worth looking at as such.

  15. Grymm says:

    Being kept up from the mother ship…. duhh… lol

  16. nokidding says:

    good heavens…heavenhelpus with his palin conspiracy is posting here too???!! please take your theories and associated lunacy to the location of the heavens gate members…may you find peace there.

  17. kxccvddddg888 says:

    Who knows, maybe the cult mmbers really were wept away by Sirians in a spacecraft hiding within the tail of the comet. No more fantastic than going the heaven of christian belief systems…

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