How can 39 intelligent men and women suddenly and willingly take their own lives in what has become this country's largest mass suicide ever? What is the truth behind this cult that for over 22 years kept themselves on the fringes of society, surfacing briefly periodically to "share their beliefs". What went through the minds of 39 otherwise happy people as they systematically took their own lives in a ritualistic demonstration? And, will there be others who following in the footsteps of those 39, and will a new leader emerge to re-kindle the cult and recruit new followers?
Only one person can answer these and other crucial questions people everywhere are asking. Chuck Humphrey, "Rkkody," as he likes to be called, is the only surviving ex-member who actually believed in the Heaven's gate doctrine enough to attempt to take his own life mimicking the ritualistic mass suicide of 39 of his closest friends.
For over 22 years, Chuck was in and out of what has become known as the Heaven's Gate suicide cult. What happened during the 22 years this small group of highly intelligent men and women lived in obscurity and practiced a belief system that borders on Christianity from a perspective of Science Fiction and UFO's. For the first time Chuck recounts his own personal experiences in a group that even described itself as the cult of cults.
Chuck is not a weak mindless lost soul as so many have labeled Heaven's Gate followers. He is intelligent, creative, strong willed and not at all the image portrayed by the media of a moronic puppet who would be so easily persuaded to blindly follow a crazed cult leader in a mass suicide.
In this book, Chuck describes his relationship that spans 22 years with group where sex and drugs was considered an obstacle to growth that must be overcome, along with vesting oneself of all human desires and additions. His personal accounts of what attracted him to join the group in 1975 along with his personal inner struggles within himself that would lead him to leave and rejoin the group many times over 20 years before leaving again for the last time in 1995.
Returned from Heaven's Gate will cover:
Press and media accounts have not answered the more important issues
of this event. In every story there are two sides. Now, for
the first time ever, this book presents a perspective from someone who
truly has the other side of this story.
ABC is investing millions to produce a TV movie depicting the mass suicide. Other films are being shopped that show actual footage of "The Two" Heaven's Gate founders Bonnie Lu Neddles and Marshall Applewhite as they answer questions to some of their followers back in 1976. A large New York agency who specializes in dead celebrities was hired to shop that material. They feel there is a substantial and broad market for this material and Turned Back at Heaven's Gate would provide an excellent companion product to those efforts.
The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) and A&E is presently engaged in producing a documentary about the Heaven's Gate cult. A camera crew was dispatched from London specifically for this production. Interviews with Chuck as well as other ex-members will add to public intrigue about this group. The documentary will be aired in world wide public and commercial markets.
This book reaches deep into the minds of individuals dedicated to personal and individual growth, it is not just about suicide. For over 22 years he followed a doctrine as taught by the two individuals who Chuck still believes are "representatives from the Kingdom of God." He makes some very intelligent and compelling arguments to support his belief that they are who they said they are.
Who will buy this book? People all over the globe have been shaken by the recent suicides of the 39 in Ranch Santa Fe, but the strangeness of their doctrine has reverberated against the soul of humanity everyone in the world. Religious truth seekers and people looking for meaning to life's age old questions represent a very sizable market. This book can and should be positioned to reach this market which can be found at any bookstore in sections that deal with philosophy, religion, end-times, the occult and metaphysics. Presently there simply is no other book that provides the depth of insight into the beliefs and practices of this cult that culminated in 39 people willingly giving up their own lives.
Students of the occult, metaphysical, and even traditional religions
such as priest and ministers can all benefit by learning about the level
of commitment each follower had to a belief system which cannot be ignored.
The insights provided in Returned from Heaven's
Gate are presented in intelligent straight forward language
that can't help but make even the most hardened critic wonder if maybe
these people were more than just a bunch of misguided whackos.
No serious autobiographical work has been published to date that offers
the depth and experience range of Returned
from Heaven's Gate. The vacuum in this market with respect
to competition makes this book a very attractive publishing opportunity.
About the Author
Chuck is now in the unique position of being the only survivor of the
Heaven's Gate group. He freely admits that there are other ex-members
like himself, but he is the only one who actually attempted to leave his
own vehicle and was Returned by the Next
Level. He made a serious and concerted attempt to end his
life in the same manner as the others and now interprets his being here
now as one who has volunteered to come back as thus the idea for the book,
Returned from Heaven's Gate was