Despite his sociopathy, one must give Jim Jones mad props
for loyalty and people management skills. First, he
transforms his seemingly mainstream San Francisco
congregation into a full-blown religious cult. Next he
convinces the government of Guyana to give him 300 acres of
South American jungle, and relocates 1,100 cult members to
this distant hellhole. Finally, in 1978 after it all goes
horribly wrong, Jones still manages to convince 900 of them
to swallow poison in massively parallel suicide, the likes
of which the world had never seen.
Arrested in a cruisy restroom in Los Angeles.
By the way, it wasn't Kool-Aid. It was Flavor AidŽ.
Different company altogether.
13 Dec 1973
The Reverend Jim
Jones is arrested in a cruisy movie theater bathroom
in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, Jones had the bad
luck to hit on an undercover LAPD vice officer while
masturbating in the Westlake Theatre men's room.
5 Oct 1976
Bob Houston is pushed
under a train, the day after announcing his
intention to leave the People's Temple.
18 Nov 1978
The assassination of
Congressman Leo J. Ryan and the 900-person mass
suicide at Jonestown, Guyana.