The Reverend Jim Jones
He was an extraordinary man whose beliefs were the death of
912 cult members, 276 being children, of the
According to www.positiveathiest.com, each year, a memorial is held at Evergreen Cemetery in Oakland, CA where 260 People's Temple children are buried. Due to the lack of dental records, the children were never able to be identified and thus were buried together there.
Within a few months of the mass deaths, other People's Temple members who had survived also committed suicide, with one mother slitting the throats of her three children.
A year later, ex-People's Temple members Jeanne and Al Mills and their daughter Linda, who had been speaking out about their cult experience, were shot to death in their Berkeley, CA home. They had become among the most vocal People's Temple critics and feared for their safety.
"If we can't live in peace then let’s die in peace. We are not committing suicide-it’s a revolutionary act."
---Jim Jones on the last day at Jonestown
By personality we mean what traits did he possess? We will look
at the “Big 5” model, which gives a picture of what kind of personality he had.
First he was extroverted and charismatic using words to convince people to
follow him. He was not emotionally stable as he was prone to dogmatic outbursts
that would wear down those who were around him thus making him quite neurotic.
He was quite intellectual in that he excelled in school and became a person of
great power in the
History: WHO WAS JIM JONES?
James Jones was the founder and charismatic
leader of the People’s
By the late 1960's Jones openly preached in the
"I am the Way, the Truth, and the Light. No one can come to the father but through me."----Jim Jones
He offered a place of refuge in his church for those suffering from social torment, including the lower class African Americans who at that time were in the midst of racial segregation. Jones claimed that he was a highly evoked black soul incarnated in a white body, and felt that only he could identify with the problems of the African Americans. He believed in a utopian society consisting of racial integration and social equality. But, he believed that a cataclysmic period of race war, genocide, and nuclear war was nearing.
Jones was able to do evil because the people around him permitted and
assisted him in committing evil acts.
Jim Jones was the patriarch of a dysfunctional family because no one wanted to acknowledge the mental illness of their beloved and idealized Dad. His addiction to drugs and alcohol cause his erratic behavior and aided in the deterioration of Jonestown.
For a brief timeline and some quotes of Jim Jones go to:
A quirky little song about the cult:
The investigation of Jonestown by the FBI:
Jonestown 20 years later:
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