BONSERNEWS.com – On November 18, 1978, the world was shocked by the horrific tragedy that occurred in the Jonestown community organization in Guyana, South America.
Led by a controversial sectarian leader named Jim Jones, this incident became known as the Jonestown Collective Suicide, which resulted in the deaths of over 900 people.
The Jonestown community is located in the interior of Guyana, a country in South America. This place is a residential congregation “People’s Temple” led by Jim Jones. On November 18, 1978, a collective suicide tragedy occurred in Jonestown.
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The chronology of events begins on the morning of November 18, 1978, when a group of United States senators and journalists descend on Jonestown to investigate reports of abuse and human rights violations occurring in the community.
Their arrival sparked panic among congregation members who feared ambushes and arrests.
Jim Jones, worried about his crimes being exposed, ordered his followers to commit suicide as a form of protest and extreme action.
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In a horrific act, members of the congregation, the majority of whom were Americans, were given a poisoned drink (cyankalium) by Jones.
Many of them obey and comply with orders, while some may be coerced or forced to do so.
As a result, more than 900 people, including 300 children, died in this collective suicide tragedy. Only a few managed to escape or survive the horrific event.
The tragedy in Jonestown left the world in astonishment and confusion.
Questions arose about how Jones was able to influence and manipulate so many people to commit such a tragic suicide.
Some members of the congregation seem to have long been trapped in Jones’ system of control and violence.