It's been 35 years since 918 people, including 257 children, died on nov 18, 1978, at the peoples temple massacre in jonestown the mass murder inside the south american jungle commune in guyana was engineered by jim jones, a murderous cult leader, and was the only time in american history a. Portrait of american religious leader jim jones the founder of the people's temple and his wife ed dead bodies lie near the compound of the people's temple cult november 18 1978 in jonestown ed a parrot one of the only survivors of jonestown looks down at dead bodies at the ed dead bodies lie in the compound. Jonestown massacre: how 918 people followed a cult leader to guyana, 'drank the kool-aid' and died in a single day believers of the peoples temple of the disciples of christ followed reverend jim jones to guyana in the seventies, hoping to create a utopia in the jungle adam lusher wednesday 28. Of members of the california-based peoples temple cult at the behest of their charismatic but paranoid leader, jim jones, in jonestown agricultural commune, guyana the death toll exceeded 900, including some 300 age 17 and under, making the incident one of the largest mass deaths in american history jones. Jim jones was definitely out there the peoples temple of the disciples of christ had as many as 20k members at one time isn't that crazy drop a like if yo.
Cult leader who convinced 900 followers to commit suicide started his church in indianapolis like other pentecostal preachers, jones sometimes performed faith healings at first jones, who was among those who died, led the peoples temple, which ran a free clinic and a drug rehabilitation program. In his new book, the road to jonestown: jim jones and peoples temple, out tuesday, investigative journalist jeff guinn—the author of the national best-seller manson: the life and times of charles manson—traces the history of america's second-most infamous cult leader from his early days as an. Jonestown, guyana was the scene of one of the most harrowing tragedies in american history on november 18, 1978, at the direction of charismatic cult leader jim jones, 909 members of the people's temple died, all but two from apparent cyanide poisoning, in a “revolutionary suicide” they included.
As is well known, jim jones, the leader of peoples temple, was white, but most of his followers were black despite that daddy jones and father divine: the cult as political religion pdf icon decades after its tragic end, the peoples temple movement remains a singular moment in american religious history but one. Jim jones and the peoples temple: the history of the most notorious cult and mass murder-suicide in american history the united states has never had a shortage of cults based on religious teachings and charismatic leaders, but perhaps none are as infamous as jim jones and the peoples temple, which remain.
A closer look at jim jones and the peoples temple master thesis christian religion solely responsible for this cult that ended in the mass murders/ suicides that fateful saturday in 1978 respect, and of course the whole history of the temple should be taken into consideration, not just the events in. A prime example of a dangerous cult group, how religion can become more than restrictive as a belief, where sanity is suspended by a great leader who make.
The 1978 massacre at jonestown, guyana, was the largest mass suicide in recorded history and the largest single-day mass killing of american instead, when jonestown is addressed, the marxism of the people's temple is whitewashed and the story is packaged as one of a religious cult gone awry,. For a look at the queenslander who says he's jesus, or the japanese cult that allegedly detonated a nuke in wa, check out your 2017 guide to cults and fringe religions founded by jim jones in the 1950s, the peoples temple was originally a christian sect based on the premise of racial equality. Background the peoples temple the cult's founder and religious leader, reverend jim jones the fundamental weakness of the human mind the in order to prove that he wasn't a racist, a white man was coerced into having oral sex in front of a gathering of members with a black woman who was.
Portrait of american religious leader jim jones, the founder of the people's temple, and his wife, marceline jones, seated in front of their adopted children and next to his sister-in-law (right) with her three children (california, 1976) photo by don hogan charles/new york times co/getty images history. (author's note: i wrote this research paper in early 2007 as a senior at waukesha west high school in waukesha, wisconsin i chose to do my research on the jonestown massacre because of the many interesting facets the cult's story has to offer by researching the cult, i have been able to dive deep into. As the leader of the religious group peoples temple, reverend jim jones was responsible for the psychological massacre of his followers because of the manipulative on november 18, 1978, 909 temple members in jonestown took cyanide mixed in kool-aid in what was the largest mass suicide in modern history.