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Bonnie Lu Nettles' relationship with Marshall Applewhite ended when Bonnie Lu Nettles died on January 20, 1985.

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Bonnie Lu Nettles

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Why Famous: Girlfriend of Marshall Applewhite

Age: 58 (1927 - 1/20/1985)


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Marshall Applewhite

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Why Famous: Leader of Heaven's Gate, cult

Age: 65 (5/17/1931 - 3/26/1997)


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Deceased 1/20/1985 --

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Where and/or how did Bonnie Lu Nettles and Marshall Applewhite meet?

In 1972, Applewhite met a 44-year-old nurse named Bonnie Nettles at a Houston psychiatric hospital, which he had voluntarily entered because of depression and hearing voices.

Why did Bonnie Lu Nettles and Marshall Applewhite break up?

Nettles died in 1985 of cancer and Applewhite led Heaven's Gate alone from her death to his suicide in 1997.

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Nettles convinced him that they were on earth as aliens and that Armageddon was coming. On August 28, 1974, the 43-year-old Applewhite was arrested in Harlingen, Texas for stealing credit cards. After Nettles told him that he possessed special astrological attributes, Applewhite declared himself the individual in whose mind was held that of Christ, the reincarnation of Jesus Christ. By 1975 they had begun Total Overcomers Anonymous together, which eventually became Heaven's Gate. In 1975, Applewhite and Nettles convinced 20 people from Waldport, Oregon to join their group. Applewhite told them there would be an alien appearance by means of a UFO, but when the encounter never happened they left the group. However, more people joined and soon the group had 93 members.

Initially, meetings were held in various locations in the Waldport area, and soon spread to multiple meetups at churches, halls, lecture theatres, and new age awareness centers elsewhere. Over a 9-month period in 1975 Applewhite, Nettles, and small groups of their followers travelled to nearly all 50 states and parts of Canada. The group became more structured, and moved periodically over the years to various locales in California, Colorado, and New Mexico. Finally, Heaven's Gate moved to the mansion at Rancho Santa Fe, California, the site of the group's mass suicide.

Nettles and Applewhite were nicknamed 'Ti and Do' or the 'UFO two'. At some point, Applewhite had himself surgically castrated. Their activities inspired the 1982 TV movie Mysterious Two, with John Forsythe as "He", the Applewhite role.

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"These that are sitting before me have been students of T and O, T my father, have been students of T and O, are still students of T and O, even though T returned to the heavens in 1985. And T is my heavenly father, gave me birth into that kingdom before civilization began." Marshall Applewhite 3/19/1997

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