Today in this post we are going to talk about the biggest non-natural disaster where more than 900 people killed themselves. The very first incident where U.S representative was brutally killed. The story of a man’s SUPREMACY…..
In 1960 when America was witnessing different protests, came a charismatic cult leader, Jim Jones a.k.a James Warren Jones.
He considered Jesus Christ as being in compliance with an overarching belief in Socialism as the correct social order. So, He became the Self-proclaimed “Messiah”. He promised everyone to create Heaven on earth for his followers. So people looking for peace in that era of protest, started following him blindly.
The Peoples Temple:
Jones created his community named as “The Peoples Temple” in 1950 in Indiana. This community meant to help poor and made racial integration.
In 1970, Jones, his wife, adopted kids and his community moved to California. But soon the true face of the leader started to emerge out when Peoples Temple’s ex-followers accused him of physical, sexual abuse and forced drugs. Hounded out by the media, Jones and his followers decided to shift to Guyana, South America.
In the middle of the jungle and nearly 150 miles away from the capital of Gunaya, they built their own town “Jonestown”. The followers were made to believe that the place is heaven on earth. But despite what they believed, rumors of abuse persisted.
Many crimes were reported such as forced drugs, theft, torture, physical abuse etc. Peoples were forced to live there.
The Human Massacre:
On 14th November, When these accusations reached the ears of U.S Government, the government decided to send U.S Congressmen decided to send Leo. J. Ryan to visit and investigate Jonestown. His delegation involved a team of reporters and concerned relatives.
After several days of negotiation, Jones finally permitted the team to visit Jonestown.
When the team arrived, people who were petrified by their dictator asked Leo Ryan for help. 15 followers wanted to move out so Leo Ryan decided to help them to move out.
But Jones became angry of this interference. He ordered his guard to kill Leo. On the other hand, he knew after this incident, U.S government will not spare him.
Surrendering to the government was against his ideology so decided to commit suicide and brain-washed his followers to do so by saying “that men would parachute in here on us, shoot some of our innocent babies and they’ll torture our children, they’ll torture some of our people here, they’ll torture our seniors”.
The group committed “revolutionary suicide” by drinking cyanide-laced grape-flavored drug. Later-released Temple films show Jones opening a storage container full of Kool-Aid in large quantities. However, empty packets of grape Flavor Aid found on the scene.
This was “The Jonestown Suicide Story” where a heaven like a place turned into the worst nightmare.
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