Jim jones, the charismatic cult leader of the people's temple, ordered his loyal followers to drink a cocktail mixed with deadly cyanide and the group was formally named the peoples temple agricultural project however, it was better known as jonestown in the summer of 1977, jones and. Dead bodies surround the compound of the peoples' temple cult on november 18, 1978 over 900 men, women and children, led by reverend jim jones, died from drinking cyanide-laced flavor aid. The members of the peoples temple settlement in guyana, under the direction of the reverend jim jones, fed a poison-laced drink to their children, administered the potion to their infants, and drank it themselvestheir bodies were found lying together, arm in arm over 900 perished. Jonestown, written by jeffrey goldman, is the true story of reverend jim jones, who headed the peoples temple and ended up orchestrating the mass murder-suicide of 909 of its members in jonestown, guyana in 1978.
Stan nelson's film entitled jonestown: the life and death of the people's temple recounts the disturbing events which occurred on november 18, 1978this documentary combines archival footage with interviews among journalists, ex-members, and survivors of the mass suicide of over nine hundred followers. Jones, jim (1931-1978) founder of the peoples temple 900, whose members died in a massive murder-suicide in 1978 jones was for many years an honored pastor of the christian church (disciples of christ) before his career ended in controversy and death. Jim jones was best known as the cult leader of the peoples temple who led more than 900 followers in a mass suicide via cyanide-laced punch known as the jonestown massacre born on may 13, 1931.
Decades after the fact, the very mention of the word evokes grim memories of rev jim jones, his peoples temple, and the horrific suicide of more than 900 followers who accompanied him to guyana, jones' self-styled south american shangri-la. It's been 40 years since peoples temple leader jim jones led more than 900 of his followers to participate in the mass murder-suicide that would become the largest deliberate loss of american. It was just such a goon squad that visited th e offices of new west magazine as it was preparing an article critical of jones and peoples temple for publication in august 1977.
Jim jones and the people's temple reverend jim jones was the charismatic leader of the peoples temple, a religious organization that hit its stride in the mid-1970sjones and his temple are best known for the mass murder/suicide that was executed guyana in 1978. The peoples temple was a christian sect founded by jim jones in 1955 in indianapolis, indiana jones used it to espouse his beliefs in communism, and socialism, but it this came end when he led his followers into a mass-suicide known as the jonestown massacre. The peoples temple also moved and grew into an organization of thousands jones convinced members to sell their homes and sign over their despite jones' wrongdoings, jim says he has forgiven his father the mental illness was exacerbated by the drug abuse and the absolute power. Over 910 people committed mass suicide in november of 1977 the people were all followers of the people's temple (a religious death cult) jim jones fits doyle johnson's profile of the charismatic cult leader (dickerson 4) jim jones would adopt children to create religious propaganda as much.
Nonetheless, the mass suicides were decidedly a mass murder, enacted for a significant number of followers, rev jim jones provided guidance which they could find nowhere else in their lives during the course of peoples temple, jones worked to reshape the lives of his followers himself. Veteran documentarian stanley nelson's jonestown: the life and death of peoples temple is an unflashy, straightforward account of jim jones and his great social experiment — which. Thirty years after jones and more than 900 of his followers perished in a horrific mass suicide and murder in guyana, there are no signs of the cult's tenure in the building that now houses an.
As the people's temple grew, jones' preaching style became more messianic and more based on his own it would later be revealed that jones made each of them sign over to him all of their worldly the followers of the the people's temple eventually ended up in guyana, south america, where a. On nov 18, 1978, more than 900 followers of the rev jim jones participated in a mass suicide in jonestown, guyana jim jones leads mass suicide at jonestown the rev jim jones started his peoples temple in the 1950s in indianapolis. What drew so many followers to the peoples temple, how could a diverse group of over 900 people be persuaded to commit suicide, and how did jim jones manage to command such loyalty that, in the.