Peoples Temple cult survivor dies

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Robert Paul, one of 33 survivors of cult leader Jim Jones’ Jonestown murder-suicide massacre Nov. 18, 1978, has died.

Paul, who had joined the Peoples Temple church with his then-girlfriend Ruletta Paul and their 1-year-old son Robert Paul Jr., became a security guard for Jones.

He and Rulette followed Jim Jones to Guyana. According to his cousin Paul quickly discovered Jones had taken the church in the wrong direction and repeatedly tried to leave.

He eventually joined a group of 11 members who escaped through the jungle and caught a train out of Jonestown before making it back to the United States.

Ruletta Paul and Robert Jr. were among the 900-plus people who drank the cyanide-laced Flavor Aid drink and died at Jonestown.

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This post was last updated: Aug. 2, 2010