A history of the peoples temple cult in jonestown guyana

Jim Jones himself was found with a single bullet wound to the head.

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The Peoples Temple effectively disbanded after the incident and declared bankruptcy at the end of In addition, Temple families took in others needing assistance through informal networks.

The impulse to learn the whole story prompted my husband, Fielding McGehee, and me to create the website Alternative Considerations of Jonestown and Peoples Temple in — a large digital archive documenting the movement primarily in its own words through documents, reports and audiotapes.

Jim Jones, however, was devastated. Guyana, which gained its independence from Great Britain inis the only country in South America with English as its official language. By then, the congregation had swelled to roughly 5, members. If he really wanted to do something for Socialism he could not have done anything worse.

Jones himself was said to be losing his grip on reality. They used their skills as teachers and social workers to attract more members to a movement they saw as preaching the social gospel of redistribution of wealth. And why were they so easily duped?

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