Jonestown massacre

Peoples Temple was a racially integrated church that focused on helping people in need.

Their leader Jim Jones instructed all members living in the Jonestown, Guyana compound to commit an act of “revolutionary suicide,” by drinking poisoned punch. 918 people died on that 18th November in 1978 and nearly a third of them were children.

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Jonestown Mass Suicide 1978

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An unidentified man a strap onto a stack of aluminum coffins for shipment to the United States, following the more than 900 deaths in the mass suicide staged in Jonestown by members of the People's Temple and their leader, the Reverend Jim Jones, Georgetown, Guyana, November 23, 1978. A group of photographers and police officers stand in the background. (Photo by New York Times Co./Neal Boenzi/Getty Images)

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ca. November 18, 1978, Jonestown, Guyana --- Pile of Syringes and Paper Cups --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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