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Bunk Beds From Mass Suicide For Sale on St. Louis Craigslist

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On March 26,1997, authorities entered the mansion of the Heaven's Gate religious cult near San Diego to find the bodies of 39 people dead from a self-induced cocktail of phenobarbital and vodka. The deceased wore identical sweat suits and Nike sneakers and lay neatly arranged on bunk beds in the belief that they'd soon be picked up by a spacecraft and ferried away to a new beginning.

Now two of those bunk beds associated with the largest mass suicide ever to occur on U.S. soil can be yours for the low, low price of $1,000 each, or best offer. And if you think that sounds expensive, it's a bargain compared to what the beds once went for online, according to the man behind the Craigslist ad.

"Back in the heyday of eBay we were selling these for $3,000 to $4,000 each," says Troy, who doesn't want to give his last name to Daily RFT. "A lot of folks calls people like me kooks, but we prefer to call ourselves 'unique collectors.'"

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Believers packed suitcases for their space journey and placed them under the beds.
Troy says he and a former business partner bought seven of the Heaven's Gate bunk beds for several hundred dollars a piece in the late 1990s when San Diego County was auctioning off the items it seized from the cult's mansion. When Troy moved from Southern California to Missouri, he took two of the remaining beds with him. They've been occupying space in his garage ever since.


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10 comments
Scott Bringhurst
Scott Bringhurst

"Bodily fluids"? Ugh, sounds like the beds at the last place I Pricelined.

Lisa Corley Davis
Lisa Corley Davis

If this is the sort of thing he collects I'm scared to ask what else is in the collection...

Riverfront Times
Riverfront Times

Actually, the mattresses were never sold, just the beds. However, Troy says there's something that looks like "bodily fluid" on one of the bunks. As for the prank call, he didn't mention it when we talked to him yesterday, but we'd love to hear a tape of it if it exists.

AMBabka
AMBabka

@chadgarrison Obviously, Voice thinks you have real potential. #HardNews

Scott Bringhurst
Scott Bringhurst

"Troy" lives real close to my house & a few weeks ago he described this weird phone call he got (and weird to him is WEIRD). After describing the call, it was clear to me that he got pranked by Sal and Richard from the Stern show (or some wannabees). Haven't heard it yet. He's pretty easy-going so maybe they won't use it, since they like to get people really pissed. I hope they do. We'll see.

Malice Cooper
Malice Cooper

death and excrement are not really what I'm looking for in a mattress.

Bob McCollum
Bob McCollum

Damn RFT. First thing I see on my Facebook was this guy who gave me nightmares as a kid.

Bob McCollum
Bob McCollum

Damn RFT. First thing I see on my Facebook was this guy who gave me nightmares as a kid.

Bill Oberg
Bill Oberg

they're not bunk beds. they're spaceships bound for heaven.

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