WATCH: The Jonestown Cult Suicides Documentary

jim_jones_006b Jim Jones.

“Jonestown” was the informal name for the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project formed by the Peoples Temple, an American religious organization under the leadership of Jim Jones, in northwestern Guyana. It became internationally notorious when on November 18, 1978, 918 people died in the remote commune, at the nearby airstrip in Port Kaituma, and in Georgetown, Guyana’s capital city. The name of the settlement became synonymous with the incidents at those locations.

jonestown_massacre November 18, 1978: Jim Jones, leader of the Peoples Temple in Jonestown, Guyana, leads a mass suicide rite where 913 people die, including 276 minor children.

Over 900 Temple members died in Jonestown, all but two from apparent cyanide poisoning, in an event termed “revolutionary suicide” by Jones and some members on an audio tape of the event and in prior discussions. The poisonings in Jonestown followed the murder of five others by Temple members at Port Kaituma, including United States Congressman Leo Ryan. Four other Temple members died in Georgetown at Jones’ command. (Wikipedia)

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