The Journal of HistorySpring 2012TABLE OF CONTENTS

Jonestown People's Temple were Murdered

At Jonestown, Guyana, 914 followers of paranoid pastor the Rev. Jim Jones obeyed his order to join him in death by drinking Kool-Aid laced with cyanide. Mass-murderer Jim Jones cooperated with Bertrand Russell and Aldous Huxley indirectly through the Peace Pledge Union. The New Agers were proud to claim Jim Jones and his People's Temple as their own until his Guyana murder-suicide fiasco. After that, they never mentioned him again except to point to him as an example of the dangers of religious fundamentalism. When Jones moved to San Francisco and purchased land to build a new Temple, it is said the land had been the site of the Albert Pike Memorial Temple. In November 1978 over 900 people died at the People's Temple in Guyana. At Jonestown, it was initially assumed that the large vat of drink containing poison was the cause of the suicides. Autopsies showed that 700 of the 900 had died of gunshot wounds and strangulation—not poison. "They had not committed suicide at all; they were brutally mass murdered. According to Jack Anderson, a tape made by Rev. Jones mentioned a man named Dwyer. Richard Dwyer was the deputy chief of the U.S. mission to Guyana and accompanied U.S. Representative Leo Ryan to investigate the encampment. The Congressman was murdered but Dwyer was not affected. He claimed that Jones' reference to him was "mistaken." In 1959 he had begun working for the CIA and had "no comment" when Anderson asked if he was a CIA agent." Among the drugs found at Jonestown was chloral hydrate—used in the CIA's secret mind control program known as "MK ULTRA." Did the CIA slaughter 900 at Jonestown to cover up a massive-scale drug experiment?

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