Dan Taberski is reuniting with the team behind Missing Richard Simmons for a new podcast that will explore what happened inside the Heaven's Gate cult.
The Missing Richard Simmons host is joining Heaven's Gate as a writer. The 10-episode project will be hosted by Glynn Washington of Snap Judgment.
Washington told The Hollywood Reporter that the podcast won't just focus on the mass suicide of Heaven's Gate members; it will also delve into the lives of the people who joined the group and seek to answer questions about how the suicide happened.
Washington spoke to family members, survivors and other people involved with Heaven's Gate for the project. "These people are real people who made real choices for real reasons, and we wanted to explore that," he said.
Washington explained that his interest in the topic comes from his own background growing up in a cult (his family was a part of a religious organization called the Worldwide Church of God). "The lens through which the project is viewed is my own," he said. "I can't do this without bringing my own background to these questions."
Washington said that Taberski was an important addition to the team. "He's got a great touch as a writer," he added. "Bringing Dan on is a demonstration of how much excitement [there is] about this project and the commitment to making sure that it works."
Heaven's Gate hails from Stitcher, which is a part of E.W. Scripps' Midroll Media podcasting division, and is being produced in collaboration with Pineapple Street Media. It is set to premiere Oct. 18. The trailer can be listened to here.