15 Years Ago Today…

Except for the stink of death, everything was neat and tidy.  Police found no sign of struggle or even discomfort among the 39 corpses.  Each member of the cult had followed the written instructions to “lay back and relax” after swallowing the phenobarbital-laced pudding chased with vodka… Continue Reading



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

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