Crashing the Heaven's Gate website |


Crashing the Heaven's Gate website

Visitors to the website after the cult's mass suicide have ''maxed out'' the servers

It may be the one Web address that even the unwired know. But anyone with a browser and a ghoulish bent who’s tried to check out since the mass suicide in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., has likely come up empty-handed. Did the website follow the cult into the ether behind comet Hale-Bopp?

It’s still there, actually — just clogged with rubberneckers. Valley Internet, one of the providers hired to host the cult’s online mishmash of tracts and warnings, wasn’t even aware what the site contained until a week after the deaths, when the server almost ”maxed out,” says a VI rep.

The Heaven’s Gaters, however, had a twin site at, through the provider Spacestar, and outlets such as The Baltimore Sun ( and Time Warner’s Pathfinder ( have since created mirror sites. That ”Do” and company now have their mass audience was apparently part of the plan: As the suicides were beginning, a cult member repeatedly called Spacestar to ensure that its account was paid up for the next four months.