On March 26, 1997, members of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department discovered the bodies of 39 members of the group in a house in the San Diego suburb of Rancho Santa Fe. They had participated in a mass suicide; specifically, a coordinated series of ritual suicides, in order to reach what they believed was an extraterrestrial spacecraft following Comet Hale-Bopp.

Time passes, but people remain the same. Each of us wants to believe, wants to find support in difficult times. Why did this happen? Weakness or successful recruitment? Blind faith or consistent teaching? Why can this happen and happens even after so many years?