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    This Day in History: Jonestown Massacre



    Bodies of members of the People's Temple lwho committed suicide under the direction of cult leader Jim Jones lay strewn around the group's compound in Jonestown, Guyana in 1978.



    Thirty-eight years ago, the bodies of more than 900 members of the Peoples Temple, led by cult leader Jim Jones, were found in a compound in a town knowns as Jonestown in the southern American nation of Guyana.

    The mass suicide followed the murder of U.S. Representative Leo Ryan and four members of his delegation on November 18, 1978, who had gone to Jonestown to investigate claims of abuse.

    Later that day, members were directed by Jones to commit an act of “revolutionary suicide” by drinking fruit punch laced with cyanide and sedatives as armed guards stood by.

    The next day, Guyanese authorities discovered the gruesome scene: dozens of bloated bodies of men, women and children, many with their arms around one another, strewn around the compound’s pavilion.




    Rev. Jimmy Jones, founder of People's Temple, clasps an unidentified man at Jonestown, Nov. 18, 1978, during Congressman' Leo J. Ryan's visit.



    Jones, age 47, was discovered at the compound, dead from a single bullet wound to the head, believed to be self-inflicted. Before the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Jonestown massacre was the single largest loss of American civilians in a non-natural disaster.


    A compelling, charismatic cult leader

    Accounts by many former followers of Jim Jones describe his church as a “home” and a place of great joy and happiness.

    During a time a strained race relations in America — of churches that were largely segregated, Jones actively recruited both blacks and whites into his church. He broke new ground, attracting college educated professionals, young and old African-Americans and whites from a range of socio-economic backgrounds.




    Some white church leaders distanced themselves from Jones, criticizing him for opening his doors to black Americans.

    He had a dark side that became more evident as his church moved from Indiana to California and, ultimately, Guyana.

    Jones had grown up poor and struggled in a deeply dysfunctional family. His message of racial equality and a socialist society was unusual and drew poor and disenfranchised converts.

    Of the 918 members who drank the poison under orders that night in Guyana, 276 were children.



    Jonestown, PBS documentary (FULL)


    This Day in History: Jonestown Massacre

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    Vain b@st@rd.

    Let's hope another sex abuser like him doesn't get started.

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    This reminds Me of Ants recent post where he said Leave voters must continue to drink the Cool-Aid .
    Jonestown was a libertards community, everybody had to vote the same way, nobody rebelled against the thoughts of Libertards.

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    Expert local critic a Senor Danile O'Verdosa said the Koolaid was delicious accompaniement to the Pie and reminded him the Gobblepapillon cocktales of nearby Devi'ls Island

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    Quote Originally Posted by david44 View Post
    Expert local critic a Senor Danile O'Verdosa said the Koolaid was delicious accompaniement to the Pie and reminded him the Gobblepapillon cocktales of nearby Devi'ls Island
    You have mixed up the story of Papillon, nickname deriving from a butterfly tattoo, with the cult mass suicide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wasabi
    You have mixed up the story of Papillon, nickname deriving from a butterfly tattoo, with the cult mass suicide.
    Please pay attention. It is all to with Guyana and its environs.

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    Fook it Block him block him ,

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    Quote Originally Posted by snakeeyes View Post
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    Fook it Block him block him ,
    No way. I am offering him encouragement so that he may learn the art of lateral thinking as practised by David44.

    There is more than one way of skinning a daisy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by can123 View Post
    There is more than one way of skinning a daisy.
    Only a fool like you would try.

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    What wasn't often reported in this is that he killed Democratic Representative Leo Ryan, making him only sitting member of the U.S. House of Representatives to be assassinated while in office.

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    Cringeworthy. Jones was a freak.

    Cults are dangerous.

    He was a man of religion, once again.

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    Did Kool-Aid ever feature Jones in it's adverts?


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