JonBenet Ramsey Revisited.
IN PHOTOGRAPHS, HER CHARACTERISTIC expression is a fixed smile of concentration, earnest and studied. It could be perky, coy or sweet, although the only sure way to tell is by her costume. Strapless ball gown, sailor suit, swimsuit—JonBenet Ramsey, who was found murdered in the basement of her parents’ home in Boulder, Colo., the day after Christmas, worked hard at winning beauty contests, but her mother must have worked even harder. And her father paid for her portfolio of professional photographs, a world beyond the artless family-album snapshots we are accustomed to seeing when a child is killed. But the effect is distancing rather than illuminating: in all the miles of film that were lavished on JonBenet it is hard to find one frame that captures her soul. Read On-
On this day in 1978, Jim Jones Leads His People’s Temple Cult to a Mass Murder-Suicide of over 900 People, Including Hundreds of Children and U.S. Rep. Leo Ryan.
“Alert! Alert! Alert! Everyone to the pavilion!” The Rev. Jim Jones was on the loudspeaker, summoning the members his People’s Temple to their last communion. Dutifully, they gathered round; some of them, without doubt, knew what was in store. “Everyone has to die,” said Jones. “If you love me as much as I love you, we must all die or be destroyed from the outside.” Mothers grasped their children to their breasts. Jones ordered his medical team to bring out “the potion,” a battered tub of strawberry Flavour-aide, laced with tranquilizers and cyanide. “Bring the babies first,” he commanded…
Newsweek December 4, 1978