Heaven's Gate member: Comrades 'misinterpreted'
March 26, 1998
Web posted at: 4:01 p.m. EST (2101 GMT)
LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Speaking on the year anniversary of the
day 39 members of the Heaven's Gate cult committed suicide in
California, a man who joined Heaven's Gate in 1994 called the
group a "monastery full of celibate monks" whose actions were
"misinterpreted, misrepresented and manipulated to outrageous
proportions" by the media
Rio DiAngelo, who knew of the group from his days as a member
before the suicides, has written a book about his experiences
with the cult. In an interview Thursday on CNN's "Early
Edition," he said he had seen enough "lies, slander and
defamation of character" to "warrant a major lawsuit."
"But my concern is not for money here," he said. "My concern
is for freedom" -- a freedom he fears is being eroded by
people unwilling to let others choose their lifestyle.