Memorial for victims of Jonestown mass murder and suicide dedicated

Nearly 200 people gathered at Oakland’s Evergreen Cemetery on Sunday to dedicate a newly completed memorial to the victims of the 1978 mass murder and suicide at Jonestown, Guyana, organizers said.

Controversially the memorial includes the name of the Peoples Temple cult’s leader — mass murdered Jim Jones. [Read more...]

Outrage at Jonestown Massacre Monument

Peoples Temple, Jonestown A woman who lost 27 family members in the 1978 Jonestown Massacre has sued an Oakland cemetery association and its top officers, claiming that after she spent 18 years raising money to build a monument to the victims, the cemetery pulled a switch and decided to erect a different monument, based on a design from Jones’ People’s Church, which “proposes to include the name of Jim Jones himself as a victim of the Jonestown Massacre-Suicides.”

Jynona Norwood says the defendants misappropriated the money she raised for the memorial and “defrauded plaintiffs of the use of a sacred site which plaintiffs have used for years to honor the victims of the Jonestown Massacre-Suicides.” [Read more...]

Similarities between Scientology and Peoples Temple

The person who posted this video to YouTube writes, David Miscavige, the leader of the Church of Scientology has strange and dangerous simliarities with Jim Jones, former leader of the People’s Temple, who killed 909 people on Nov. 18th, 1977Scientology    • Peoples Temple [Read more...]

Peoples Temple cult survivor dies

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. [Read more...]

Jonestown Revisited: Play looks at how man turned to cult, suicide

Peoples Temple, Jonestown While reading an exposé about San Francisco preacher and cult leader Jim Jones in 1977, Ken White was surprised to see mention of Michael Prokes, an old friend who had become a spokesperson for Jones.

Prokes killed himself a few months after the mass murder/suicide took place at the cult’s compound. White has now turned his friend’s story into a play. [Read more...]