Visitors to the website after the cult's mass suicide have ''maxed out'' the servers

It may be the one Web address that even the unwired know. But anyone with a browser and a ghoulish bent who’s tried to check out since the mass suicide in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., has likely come up empty-handed. Did the website follow the cult into the ether behind comet Hale-Bopp?

It’s still there, actually — just clogged with rubberneckers. Valley Internet, one of the providers hired to host the cult’s online mishmash of tracts and warnings, wasn’t even aware what the site contained until a week after the deaths, when the server almost ”maxed out,” says a VI rep.

The Heaven’s Gaters, however, had a twin site at, through the provider Spacestar, and outlets such as The Baltimore Sun ( and Time Warner’s Pathfinder ( have since created mirror sites. That ”Do” and company now have their mass audience was apparently part of the plan: As the suicides were beginning, a cult member repeatedly called Spacestar to ensure that its account was paid up for the next four months.