No signs of cancer found in cult leader
Jonathan T. Lovitt
RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. -- Heaven's Gate leader Marshall Applewhite had
no signs of cancer, San Diego Chief Medical Examiner Brian Blackbourne says.
He was disputing reports on CNN that 38 cult members killed themselves
because Applewhite, 65, convinced them he was dying of cancer. Newsweek,
meanwhile, reported in its April 7 issue that Applewhite told followers his body
Applewhite ``has no gross physical evidence and no visual evidence of cancer in
his liver or any other organs,'' Blackbourne said.
In other developments:
Londan insurance broker Simon Burgess said the cult members whose bodies
were found Wednesday in a $1.6 million rented mansion here had insured
themselves against being abducted, impregnated or killed by aliens. The policy
was to pay out $1 million to each member's beneficiaries.
Autopsies have been completed. Officials could start releasing the bodies as early
as today. The coroner ruled that some died from drugs, others from asphyxiation.
He said Applewhite and five others had been castrated.
Arizona film producer Alex Papas said he had been working with about 15 cult
members on a draft of Beyond Human: Return of the Next Level, a screenplay
they gave him in 1995.