TIL in the Heaven’s Gate cult mass suicide event of 1997, among the dead was Thomas Nichols, brother of the actress Nichelle Nichols, who is best known for her role as Uhura in the original television series of Star Trek.

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heaven%27s_Gate_(religious_group)#Mass_suicide

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  1. This happened just down the road from my house when I was a kid. I was 10 at the time, didn’t really have a grasp on the magnitude of what had happened

  2. I remember one article quoted a computer repair guy who came and serviced their equipment a few times. He said they were extremely quiet and passive, and the only time they got excited was when Star Trek came on.

  3. the TIL people should take from this post is Nichelle Nichols is under a conservatorship like Brittney Spears.

    Nichelle is being mistreated by a family member and is not able to make her own decisions.

    There needs to be a ‘Free Nichelle’ movement

  4. In all fairness, to thdm I saw the fit they had before they died and it was pretty killer. The no sex and mutilation part is a hard pass, but if they offered that dripped outfit from the giddy up it would be tough call

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