In the afternoon of 26 March 1997, the San Diego county sheriff's department received an anonymous tip in. “This is regarding a mass suicide, and I can give you the address,” said the person on the line.
First responders could have never imagined the ghoulish scene that awaited them at the mega-mansion in the suburb of Rancho Santa Fe. Thirty-nine bodies in identical black clothing were carefully staged in bunk beds.
Their heads were shaved but neatly covered with a purple shrouds. They wore matching black tunics and fresh out-of-the-box Nike sneakers.