The Jonestown Massacre: Jim Jones

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Have you ever heard the term, “Don’t drink the Kool-Aid?” or “You have drank the Kool-Aid.”? Well, ”Drinking the Kool-Aid” means you have done something that others have told you to do or did yourself. This saying comes from the cult society led by Reverend Jim Jones, named Jonestown. Jonestown was a small community in the jungle of Guyana, South America. After getting word of people coming to investigate the society, Jones had committed a mass suicide by poisoning Kool-Aid and giving it to the people of Jonestown. A cult society is an organization that basically disguises itself as a religion. In a cult, they normally perform rituals. There are usually many people in these societies. In Jim Jones’s cult, there were at least one…show more content…
There were often drills or rituals performed in the society, such as a suicide drill. During suicide drills, the people were woken in the middle of the night and were told to drink a “poisonous liquid”. After drinking it, the people were told they were not going to die, they had succeeded a loyalty test. Jones did those tests because he was afraid of a conspiracy against him. In 1977, there were many members, or ex-members of Peoples Temple going against Rev. Jim Jones. One of them, a member, Grace Stoen, had been asking the Guyanese government for help to regain custody of the son, John Victor, from Jones. An ex-member of the group, Deborah Layton Blakely had been speaking publicly about Jim Jones. A congressman, Leo J. Ryan from California, went to Guyana to investigate himself. Ryan made it to Jonestown mid-August. On November 18, 1978, Leo explored Jonestown, accompanied by a television crew. Ryan also told the people of Jonestown that if they wanted to leave the community, they were welcome to come with him. Later that day, when Leo Ryan, his crew, and a couple of, soon-to-be, ex-members of Peoples Temple were preparing to leave Guyana, they were attacked by armed Jonestown men who were sent by Jones. After the fighting had ceased, five people were dead. Those five include Congressman Ryan, NBC crew members Don Harris and Bob Brown, and San Francisco Examiner photographer, Greg Robinson. One defector, Patricia Parks was killed, although two other

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