Hephaestus Books. Things came to a fatal head following a visit to Jonestown by U.S. Rep. Leo Ryan of California, who traveled to Guyana, along with a media crew and a handful of cultist relatives, to investigate abuse allegations. HISTORY reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it is complete and accurate. And why they had followed the man at the head of it all: Jim Jones. And why they had followed the man at the head of it all: Jim Jones. They stole some food from the kitchen and had a half-baked plan to go to Venezuela. With Jim Jones, Stephan Jones, Marceline Jones, Mary McCormick Maaga. It concluded that the scandal, involving a complicated plan whereby some of the funds from secret weapons sales to Iran were used to finance the ...read more. Die Tragödie von Jonestown: Mehr als 900 Anhänger der Volkstempel-Sekte begingen am 18. WATCH: All-new episodes of The UnXplained online and tune in Saturdays at 10/9c for more. Crowd: Right, right. Blame the woman he loved, used and abused along the way. The need for continental time zones ...read more, For nearly a century, students at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, created a massive bonfire—self-proclaimed to be “the world’s largest”—prior to their school’s annual football game against their archrival, the University of Texas. Jim Jones was the cult leader of the Peoples Temple who led more than 900 followers in a mass suicide known as the Jonestown Massacre. Jonestown was not just about Jim Jones but about the socialism, communism, and collective lives there in Guyana which went horribly wrong. For a lot of them it was just surreal. Jim McElvane, a former therapist who had arrived in Jonestown only two days earlier, assisted Jones by arguing against Miller's resistance to suicide, stating "Let's make it a beautiful day" and later citing possible reincarnation. “So, there was no opportunity for people to plot and plan about how to get out of Jonestown,” she says. The docudrama follows the last days of Jim Jones and the people living in Jonestownbefore they committed "revolutionary suicide" on November 18, 1978. Jim Jones’ Cruelty and Madness Were Rooted in His Childhood People have wondered how Jim Jones… “He figured out that if they killed the children first, then the parents wouldn’t have any reason to live. The following is an audio recording of the mass suicide/mass murder at Jonestown. Jones: Well, someday we’re gonna die, someplace that hope runs out. UKIAH, CALIFORNIA, September, 1972 — When the Rev. James Warren "Jim" Jones is the main antagonist of the 2013 short film Jonestown. James Warren "Jim" Jonesis the main antagonist of the 2007 TV docudrama Jonestown: Paradise Lost on the HIstory Channel. They were surrounded by a row of guards with crossbows, and then behind them there was another line of guards pointing guns. In 1977, Jones, the self-proclaimed “messiah” of his evangelical flock, led his followers to a remote jungle in Guyana to live in Jonestown. “Jones has been rehearsing people for weeks on what to say to Ryan and the media, even though they’ve been starving. Als Jonestown-Massaker oder Massensuizid von Jonestown wird die teilweise erzwungene Selbsttötung beziehungsweise Ermordung der Mitglieder des Peoples Temple am 18. The Rev Jim Jones and his wife, Marceline, taken from a photo album found in Jonestown, Guyana. He realizes the house of cards is starting to crumble.”. It wasn’t until they saw the babies frothing at the mouth and writhing that they realized what was going on.”, "They started with the babies," Odell Rhodes, then the only known survivor, told the Washington Post in the days after the massacre. Jonestown did not turn out to be the paradise their leader had promised. 16 Personen fanden diese Informationen hilfreich. The U.S. military was left to deal with the aftermath He stated that he was an agnostic and an atheist. He also staged bizarre rehearsals for a ritual mass suicide. Three years earlier, a small group of his followers had traveled to the tiny nation to set up what would become Jonestown on a tract of jungle. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Today, the abandoned village is an overgrown jungle. Jim Jones was head of the cult, "The People's Temple" that had its start in California. Followers submitted written statements disclosing their greatest fears, which … Before The Jonestown Massacre, Jim Jones Was A Civil Rights Activist. With Vernon Gosney, Leslie Wagner-Wilson, Tim Carter, Jim Jones Jr.. Docuseries looking back on the Jonestown Massacre on the 40th anniversary. During the dry season they do bucket brigades to water the plants so they don’t die. The level of research and detail in The Road to Jonestown is the best ever, and really lets readers understand not only what happened, but how and why. Jim Jones, charismatic pastor-prophet of the nearby People’s Temple Christian (Disciples) Church in Redwood Valley, was teaching classes in the local school district’s night school program, he illustrated his instruction with extensive and numerical accounts of his personal sex habits. He required Temple members to participate in mock suicide drills in the middle of the night. He is pictured with women of the Houston family— Patty, Phyllis, Carol and Judy—whom he was asked to check on by the father who had escaped The People's Temple. In 1975, Rev. It’s an extremely offensive saying.”, Ultimately, control, according to Scheeres, was what was most important to Jones. He eventually convinces his flock to leave friends, family, jobs, homes, and all finances to move to Guiana. Friends and family members were left to wonder why they had done it. Congressman Leo Ryan, a Democrat of California, to travel to Jonestown and investigate the settlement. If this happens, you must denounce them, otherwise you will get in trouble. There’s no solidarity.”. On November 17, 1978, Ryan arrived in Jonestown with a group of journalists and other observers. Shortly after, Ryan, newsman Don Harris, Cameraman Bob Brown and San Francisco Examiner photographer Greg Robinson, who took this photo, were killed in ambush at Port Kaituma, Guyana. Friends and family members were left to wonder why they had done it. READ MORE: What Really Happened at Jonestown? Sunday 18 November is the 40th anniversary of the notorious Jonestown massacre where more than 900 people died at a settlement run by Christian cult leader Jim Jones. Sie stürzt hinaus in die Dunkelheit, vorbei an Erwachsenen und Kindern, die zu einem hell erleuchteten Pavillon in der Mitte des Lagers rennen. Jim Jones, an evangelist from San Francisco, had founded Jonestown in the South American nation earlier in the 1970s. In 1978, a group of former Temple members and concerned relatives of current members convinced U.S. The congressman escaped from the incident unharmed, but Jones then ordered Ryan and his companions ambushed and killed at the airstrip as they attempted to leave. Nearly 1,000 men, women, and children died at Jonestown, in Guyana, on November 18, 1978. In November 1978, Jonestown was the site where 909 members of a cult, the Peoples Temple, died from cyanide poisoning at the direction of leader Jim Jones. Die erhoffte Utopie verwandelt sich für viele der Anhänger schnell in einen wahren Alptraum. The mere mention of the name “Jonestown” sends a dark shiver down the spine. A portrait of Jim Jones taken in the early days of the Jonestown community in Guyana, South America. A third of the people who died that night were minors under 18. He believed communism was the correct social order, in compliance with God's will. They got into the jungle and then night fell, and they couldn’t even see 5 inches in front of their noses, so they had to return to the main road. He would have his inner circle, his lieutenants, go around and rehearse people: ‘What do you eat in Jonestown?’ ‘Well, we eat lamb and steak and chicken.’ Every day they were rehearsing what to say. On November 18, 1978, Peoples Temple leader Jim Jones instructed all members living in the Jonestown, Guyana compound to commit an act of "revolutionary suicide," by drinking poisoned punch. Her other adopted siblings, Lew Eric Jones and Timothy Tupper aka Timothy Glenn Tupper Jones, Tim "Day" Jones died in Jonestown as did her parents, Marceline and Rev. Jim Jones and his wife, Marceline, taken from a photo album left behind in Jonestown, Guyana. “He couldn't stand it when people left the church he would go into a rage. Scheeres says Jones enforced a rule that when his voice was played over the PA system rigged throughout the commune, no one was allowed to talk. Jim Jones killed himself with a gunshot to the head. “And all hell breaks loose,” she says. Jones is portrayed by Rick Roberts. All Rights Reserved. James Warren Jones was an American religious and cult leader, who initiated, and was responsible for a mass suicide and mass murder in Jonestown, Guyana. Which is why the whole ‘drinking the Kool-Aid’ saying is so odious and so completely wrong. Jones: I haven’t seen anybody yet that didn’t die. They were just kids—16 years old—and they were terrified and didn’t want to die. He told the newspaper some drank the poisonous potion willingly, while it was forced upon others. He says that to understand how a thing like that can happen, you have to do what leaders like Jim Jones and his successors don’t want us to do – to read. Thirty years before he stood in front of a vat of poisoned punch and urged his followers to end it all, Jim Jones was a well-liked, respected figure in the progressive community.In the late 1940s and early 1950s, he was known for his charity work and for founding one of the first mixed-race churches in the Midwest. HISTORY reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it is complete and accurate. Jones knows people are unhappy; there’s not enough food, they’re separated from their families, it’s hot. Twice a week we compile our most fascinating features and deliver them straight to you. She was adopted by the Jones when she was 9 years old because her birth mother was unable to care for her. Jim Jones; Religion: Christian (formerly). DAS HEULEN DER SIRENEN weckt Deborah Layton mitten in der Nacht aus dem Schlaf. A pile of paper cups with cyanide-laced fruit punch, and a pile of hypodermic syringes, found at Jonestown by Guyanese officials. “Finally, two airplanes show up and as they are starting to board the airplanes, this tractor pulling a trailer comes up and all these men pop out and start shooting at the people who are about to board the airplane, killing one of the defectors, three media people and Leo Ryan. READ MORE: Timeline of the Jonestown Massacre. In response to the mounting criticism, the increasingly paranoid Jones invited his congregation to move with him to Guyana, where he promised they would build a socialist utopia. You can hear the children at the beginning of the tape—murmuring, making kid noises in the background—and then you can hear kids screaming. Jim Jones hatte mit seinen leidenschaftlichen Predigten und Gottesdiensten zur emotionalen Heilung Tausende von Menschen begeistert. So, he starts with the babies and the people want to believe that this is just another rehearsal. Jonestown was a remote village in Guyana in South America. A few residents managed to escape into the jungle as the suicides took place, while at least several dozen more Peoples Temple members, including several of Jones’ sons, survived because they were in another part of Guyana at the time. But commiserating about the situation? “He tried to control people's bodies,” she says. But if you see something that doesn't look right, click here to contact us! Jonestown was a remote village in Guyana in South America. Mussolini surprised everyone with a move against Greece; his ally, Hitler, was caught off guard, especially since the Duce had led Hitler to ...read more, On November 18, 1916, British Commander in Chief Sir Douglas Haig calls a halt to his army’s offensive near the Somme River in northwestern France, ending the epic Battle of the Somme after more than four months of bloody conflict. Rev. “He was representative of the children who were in Jonestown,” she says. So, living was never an alternative on that last night. He preached against racism, and his integrated congregation attracted many African Americans. But if you see something that doesn't look right, click here to contact us! Jones died of a gunshot wound to the head. Roughly 90 former Peoples Temple members survived or managed to escape the mass murder-suicide at Jonestown. It’s a horrific scene. Meanwhile, Jones is exhorting them to come up and drink this potion to take them to the other side. Most people chose to die with their families, and if they didn’t drink it, there were many who were injected with the poison.”, Prior to November 18, there had been attempts to leave, Scheeres says. Scheeres says a tape recording from the last night, “the so-called death tape,” had been edited dozens of times. Everything about him was fake, even the "miracles" performed. The entrance to Jonestown, Guyana, the site of the Jim Jones mass suicide where over 900 people died..The Jonestown massacre happened 30 years ago... Georgetown, Guyana: They survived but Jonestown was a place of horror for them too. Jim Jones Jr., left, and John Cobb, who lost ten relatives in the Jonestown tragedy, stand near a Jonestown memorial at Evergreen Cemetery in Oakland, California, in … Sie waren begeistert von dem Sektenführer Jim Jones und ihm widerstandslos ergeben. On Nov. 18, 1978, followers of Pentecostal leader Jim Jones drank cyanide-laced punch. “They weren’t supposed to have any contact with Ryan, his entourage or the media, so when Jones hears about this note he tells Ryan’s group to get out. Lesen Sie weiter . He tells the people, it’s over, it’s all over, they’re coming for us, this is it, it’s time to transition to the other side.”, WATCH: Timeline of the Jonestown Massacre. “It wasn’t his decision to join the church. “Nothing grows and they’re starving. “Congressman Leo Ryan gets there and they do this song and dance,” Scheeres says. Jim Jones was a charismatic churchman who established the Peoples Temple, a Christian sect, in Indianapolis in the 1950s. Many of Jones’ followers willingly ingested a poison-laced punch while others were forced to do so at gunpoint. Congressman Leo Ryan visiting Jonestown on November 18, 1978. In November 1978, Jonestown was the site where 909 members of a cult, the Peoples Temple, died from cyanide poisoning at the direction of leader Jim Jones. “And there are mosquitoes. When Guyanese officials arrived at the Jonestown compound the next day, they found it carpeted with hundreds of bodies. I’m tired of being tormented to hell, that’s what I’m tired of. At first the visit went well, but the next day, as Ryan’s delegation was about to leave, several Jonestown residents approached the group and asked them for passage out of Guyana. Directed by Nicole Rittenmeyer. But the ultimate control and the ultimate loyalty test for him was, if I order you, would you lay down your life for this cause—for me?”. “These thugs then go back to Jonestown and Jones is told about this incident. Learn more at Biography.com. In fact, according to Scheeres, Jones held a number of mass suicide rehearsals to see how the crowd would respond, and who would cause him trouble. Today, the abandoned village is an overgrown jungle. The Rev. The bold move was emblematic of the power shared by the railroad companies. ’cause everybody dies. Wächter schlagen an die Tür ihrer Holzhütte und drängen zur Eile. The Jonestown Mass Suicide was instigated by Jim Jones, a charismatic religious leader who gained a sizable following in the 1970s. It was promoted as a means to create both a "socialist paradise" and a "sanctuary" from the media scrutiny in San Francisco. But he had chronic ...read more, At exactly noon on this day, American and Canadian railroads begin using four continental time zones to end the confusion of dealing with thousands of local times. The beloved pre-game tradition ...read more, Tony Silva, a world-renowned expert and outspoken protector of exotic birds, is sentenced to seven years in prison without parole for leading an illegal parrot smuggling operation. #3 Albtraum Jonestown: Jim Jones und seine Sekte des Todes der „Peoples Temple“ from MORD AUF EX on Podchaser, aired Sunday, 24th November 2019. This is the messed up truth of Jim Jones. Jim Jones, founder of People's temple, clasps an unidentified man at Jonestown, November 18, 1978, during Congressman Leo J. Ryan's visit. A pile of paper cups with cyanide-laced fruit punch, and a pile of hypodermic syringes, found at Jonestown by Guyanese officials. The congressman and four others were murdered as they boarded their charter planes. Now these women describe what it was like to be at Jonestown. Jonestown, location of the mass murder-suicide of the California-based Peoples Temple cult at the behest of their charismatic but paranoid leader, Jim Jones, in Jonestown agricultural commune, Guyana, on November 18, 1978. Blame the woman he loved, used and abused along the way. Their passports were confiscated, their letters home censored and members were encouraged to inform on one another and forced to attend lengthy, late-night meetings. Peoples Temple founder Jim Jones leads hundreds of his followers in a mass murder-suicide at Jonestown, their agricultural commune in a remote part of … It’s scaring them. Now these women describe what it was like to be at Jonestown. Now known as Thom Bogue, he is currently mayor of Dixon, California, about an hour north of San Francisco. ", "The whole ‘drinking the Kool-Aid’ saying is so odious and so completely wrong.". It’s nothing like he promised.”. He was portrayed byLeandro Cano. I encourage anybody interested in reading about Jonestown, the People's Temple, and Jim Jones beyond the criminal acts and the governments' failures in preventing this tragedy. Jim Jones, the religious cult leader and civil rights activist, hinted at things to come. A sister who decided to stay behind died in Jonestown. Stephan, Jim Jones’ son who was 19 at the time, says the warning signs that went unnoticed at Jonestown can be seen in the world today. Jim. Jim Jones gründet 1956 in Indianapolis eine Kirche und nennt sie Volkstempel. Jim Jones — charismatic, volatile and ultimately evil. Sign up now to learn about This Day in History straight from your inbox. Ordered to drink poison by the charismatic and delusional cult leader Jim Jones, his followers were a part of the People’s Temple, a Christian organization that integrated anything that Jones wanted to use, from Marxist theories to faith healing. Jim Jones Jr., left, and John Cobb, who lost ten relatives in the Jonestown tragedy, stand near a Jonestown memorial at Evergreen Cemetery in Oakland, California, in May 2011. Jonestown-Massaker: Sektenführer Jim Jones ruft zur Todeszeremonie. Other articles where Jonestown is discussed: Jim Jones: …up an agricultural commune called Jonestown (1977). “Reading through the FBI files, there were many accounts of people running into the jungle, but Jones had them so afraid,” she says. Thirty years before he stood in front of a vat of poisoned punch and urged his followers to end it all, Jim Jones was a well-liked, respected figure in the progressive community. “Babies were screaming, children were screaming and there was mass confusion. Es … Shiite Muslim kidnappers in Lebanon free Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite after more than four years of captivity. © 2021 A&E Television Networks, LLC. Jones, by then in declining mental health and addicted to drugs, was convinced the U.S. government and others were out to destroy him. They couldn’t believe this man, who professed to have their best interests in mind, would actually kill them. He was just 30 years old, and he was retiring after a great season–he’d led the Dodgers to a National League pennant and won his third Cy Young award. Many people had perished with their arms around each other. Jim Jones targeted babies and children first. #7 Bodies lie about a building at the People’s Temple Commune in Jonestown, Guyana, Nov. 18, 1978 after more than 400 people committed suicide in one of the decade’s worst tragedies. How Jim Jones Spread His Message Of Death. In the years leading up to Jonestown, Jones often referenced Masada, the hilltop fortress in Israel. Tracy Parks her sister Brenda, and Brenda's boyfriend, Chris... Dead bodies lie in the compound of the People's Temple cult November 18, 1978 in Jonestown, … Jones became distressed at the defection of his followers, and one of Jones’ lieutenants attacked Ryan with a knife. In danger, Ryan’s group, along with 14 defectors, returned to the airstrip to leave, but no planes were waiting for them. “He wanted the world to think this was some uniform decision, that they willingly killed themselves for socialism, to protest the inhumanity of capitalism—he gave various reasons for the mass death. Everything about him was fake, even the "miracles" performed. “It just got all out of order,” he told the Post, adding that it took about five minutes for the cyanide to prove fatal. Back in Jonestown, Jones commanded everyone to gather in the main pavilion and commit what he termed a “revolutionary act.” The youngest members of the Peoples Temple were the first to die, as parents and nurses used syringes to drop a potent mix of cyanide, sedatives and powdered fruit juice into children’s throats. Jones had started building Jonestown (formally known as the "Peoples Temple Agricultural Project") several years before the New West article was published. Of the 918 who died of gunshot wounds (including Jones) or cyanide poisoning (the majority), 276 were children. Jim was the Rev. Not tolerated. Every day, they are getting up at the break of dawn and going out to the fields to work. Leslie Wagner-Wilson was 19 when she moved to … All the while, Rhodes said, Jones was telling them they would "meet in another place" and chanted, "mother, mother, mother"—"an apparent reference to his wife who lay dead not far from the altar,” according to the Post. Ryan was spurred to visit Jonestown after hearing word from a friend and former Peoples Temple member who couldn’t reach family members at the commune, as well as an affidavit from Deborah Layton Blakey, a Jones aide who sought refuge at the American embassy, who recounted the goings-on at Jonestown. Photograph: Bettmann Archive. Michelle VIGNES/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images Back in November 1978, Americans were shocked by newspaper headlines about the deaths of more than 900 people in the South American nation of Guyana, in what appeared to be a combination of mass murder and suicide by poison. Waite, ...read more, On November 18, 1966, Sandy Koufax, the ace pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers, retires from baseball. “He also tells them he’s going to have plants within Jonestown—people who will come to you and complain. The short film is shown as the last twenty-four hours of the life of Jim Jones and the people of Jonestown before they committed "revolutionary suicide" on November 18, 1978 through the eyes of a reporter namedJessica Levin. “And then he made those people line up first,” she says. All Rights Reserved. A Jonestown massacre survivor has compared the rhetoric of Donald Trump to that of Jim Jones, the cult leader who orchestrated the mass murder of nearly 1,000 of his followers. This is the messed up truth of Jim Jones. Bettmann Archives / Getty Images Reverend Jim Jones raises his fist in a salute while preaching at an unknown location. Philip Zimbardo, the creator of the infamous Stanford Prison experiment, believes that Jones took many techniques for enforcing control directly from George Orwell and the study of social psychology.Indeed, Jonestown often looks like something run by Kim Il-Sung or Mao. In 1965, he moved the group to Northern California, settling in Ukiah and after 1971 in San Francisco. She was partner of Forrest Ray Jones. And it was on the main road that they were caught by Jim Jones’s guards and brought back to Jonestown where they were severely punished.”. On November 18, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln boards a train for Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to deliver a short speech the following day at the dedication of a cemetery of soldiers killed during the battle there on July 1 to July 3, 1863. “They can’t actually grow food in this agricultural commune because the jungle soils are too thin,” the author, who scoured 50,000 pages of letters, journals and other documents found in Jonestown and released by the FBI. "use strict";(function(){var insertion=document.getElementById("citation-access-date");var date=new Date().toLocaleDateString(undefined,{month:"long",day:"numeric",year:"numeric"});insertion.parentElement.replaceChild(document.createTextNode(date),insertion)})(); FACT CHECK: We strive for accuracy and fairness. In all, 918 people died that day, nearly a third of whom were children. There are all kinds of critters. Es ist eine der schrecklichsten Massen-Selbsttötungen in der Geschichte der Menschheit: In dem Sektenort Jonestown im südamerikanischen Guyana begingen am… How Jim Jones Used Drugs to Run Jonestown and Control Members of the Peoples Temple, All-new episodes of The UnXplained online. As ruler of the sect, Jones confiscated passports and millions of dollars and manipulated his followers with threats of blackmail, beatings, and probable death. He tried to run away a year before the mass murder with his best friend. Jonestown became infamous on November 18, 1978: a mass suicide in the jungles of Guyana that left 918 people dead. Jones' sons, Jim Jones Jr., 18, and Stephan Jones… With the French under heavy siege at Verdun ...read more. He did not, however, permit members to leave Jonestown. When cult leader Jim Jones was found dead, he was surrounded by the bodies of 909 of his followers - including children and babies. In our latest true crime playlist, we highlight 10 songs about cult leader Jim Jones and his followers at Jonestown. READ MORE: How Jim Jones Spread His Message Of Death, https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/mass-suicide-at-jonestown. James Warren "Jim" Jones is the main antagonist of the 2013 short film Jonestown.The short film is shown as the last twenty-four hours of the life of Jim Jones and the people of Jonestown before they committed "revolutionary suicide" on November 18, 1978 through the … The address Lincoln gave in Gettysburg ...read more, On November 18, 1940, Adolf Hitler meets with Italian Foreign Minister Galeazzo Ciano over Mussolini’s disastrous invasion of Greece. Jones and the Peoples Temple have been the subject of many books, articles, documentaries, songs, poems, and movies about the events in Jonestown, Guyana. Bettmann Archive. And Ryan is fooled by this. The Jonestown Radio Network: How Jim Jones Spread His Message Of Death “There’s no way we can survive.” It was November 18, 1978, and cult leader Jim Jones … November 1978 in der von Jim Jones gegründeten Siedlung Jonestown im Nordwesten Guyanas bezeichnet. He has this inner circle that goes out and begs for food or gets rotting food from the market and brings it back to Jonestown. His work helped desegregate Indiana and earned him a devoted following among civil rights activists.From Indianapolis, he move… Visit Insider… It was a big façade.”, It was also dreadfully hot, Scheeres says. He sold the destination as an agricultural commune rich with food, where there were no mosquitoes or snakes and where temperatures hovered around a perfect 72 degrees every single day. Just two years later, on Nov. 18, 1978, those words became reality when more than 900 people, one-third of them children, died during what would be known as the Jonestown Massacre, one of the worst mass killings in American history. Jonestown became infamous on November 18, 1978: a mass suicide in the jungles of Guyana that left 918 people dead. The death toll exceeded 900, making it one of the largest mass deaths in American history. But it was all a lie, says Julia Scheeres, author of A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception and Survival at Jonestown. Forty-two years after the Jonestown massacre, a former Peoples Temple member says President Donald Trump's rhetoric reminds her of cult leader Jim Jones.. Jones … Jim Jones wasn't the only one responsible for the mass suicide. #6 The Reverend Jim Jones’ bloated body lies on the ground after it was hastily sewn together after his autopsy by officials November 18, 1978 in Jonestown, Guyana. Until the terrorist attacks of 9/11, it was the largest loss of American civilians in a single, non-natural event: the mass murder/suicide of the members of Jim Jones’ Peoples Temple in Jonestown, Guyana. “I love socialism, and I’m willing to die to bring it about, but if I did, I’d take a thousand with me,” he said during a sermon at his Peoples Temple church in San Francisco. 2 His Use of Multiple Systems of Control. The Rev. 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