‘It’s The Cult of Cults!’: Parents Lose Their Daughter To Infamous Heaven’s Gate Mass Suicide

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Alice Maeder lived for years in hope that her daughter would come back home. Gail Maeder left Sag Harbor, New York at age 21 for California, and after one visit with her parents in her new home, she seemingly disappeared off the map. She had taken up with a strange, cult-like group of UFO enthusiasts called Heaven’s Gate sometime in 1993.

In Utah, Hope and Healing After Escaping a Cult

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The eleventh of fourteen siblings, Briell Decker grew up in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS)—an offshoot of the Mormon church that practices polygamy and upholds a belief that only one living person can share God’s word with the faithful.