On November 18th, 1978, Jim Jones conducted a mass suicide ritual for his Peoples Temple cult in Jonestown, Guyana, killing over 900 people. Shortly before that, his members massacred a congressman and TV crew trying to leave.
But how did a supposedly well-intentioned individual utilize the backbone of religion and socialism to result in such a tragedy?
Trigger Warning: Talk of death, mass suicide, violence, religion.
Join us in part one of our two part deep dive into Jonestown, Jim Jones and his Peoples Temple, where we divulge the details and nuances that allowed Jim Jones to be who he was, impacting hundreds of people with the guise of social justice and ultimate goal of control.
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