Jim Jones's Jonestown Massacre

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In 1978, over 900 people drank flavor-aid laced with cyanide and sedatives in Jonestown, a settlement in Guyana. This phenomenon of so many people poisoning their children then themselves under the direction of just one man, Jim Jones, seems hard to believe. Although it is technically a suicide, the people were by no means emotionally stable enough to all make this decision willfully. Jim Jones carefully planned this massacre, which is shown through his treatment of the members of his temple, his mental state, and the timing in which everything was carried out.
In order to understand Jones’ motives, one must look back into his childhood. He was born in indiana to James and Lynetta Jones. His father was a victim of mustard gas and was living

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