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Inside the Heaven’s Gate cult

The Heaven’s Gate cult believed that the end of the world was tied to the Hale-Bopp comet, and committed mass suicide to gain access to the space ship they believed was hidden by the comet’s tale.

Slideshow: Top ten deadliest cults

Cults that ripped themselves apart with torture, murder and suicide.

Today in Crime History: The Jonestown Massacre

First came the reports out of Guyana were on November 18, 1978, that Congressman Leo Ryan and four members of his party were dead. Later, came the grisly discovery of the largest mass suicide of the 20th Century. The Reverend Jim Jones led his flock commit suicide in a way that forever changed our notion of what it means to “drink the Kool Aid.”

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