What happened to Jim Jones? | The cult leader behind the Jonestown Massacre

Jim Jones

What did Jim Jones do? 

Jim Jones was an American cult leader and mass murderer who orchestrated a mass murder/suicide in a remote jungle commune at Jonestown, Guyana on the 18th of November 1978. 

He was the leader of the Peoples Temple from 1955, and it all came to an end in 1978 when Jones and his followers planned the events that occurred that day at Jonestown. The massacre took the lives of 909 members, of which 304 were children. Most of the members died by drinking Flavour Aid laced with cyanide.

What happened in the aftermath of the Jonestown massacre? 

The day after the tragic massacre, Guyanese officials discovered the aftermath of the massacre at Jonestown, and it was not a pretty sight, with 900+ people lying dead. The world was utterly shocked by what happened at Jonestown.

Ever heard the phrase ‘drinking the Kool-Aid?‘ This was inspired by the cult’s deadly punch that was laced with cyanide. It was used to describe the act of following someone blindly into something, which is what happened on that fateful day. However, not all the people who died at Jonestown that day were willing participants, with many being forced to drink the lethal potion.

What happened to Jim Jones? 

Jim Jones died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in Jonestown, Guyana, on the 18th of November 1978. He ordered his people to drink the portion but was too much of a coward to drink it himself and took the easy way out. Jones’ wife and most of his children also died that day. However, 2 of his children were away that day and survived

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