Jim Jones

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James Warren "Jim" Jones was the founder of the Peoples Temple cult. On November 18, 1978, most of the members of the Peoples Temple committed mass suicide by drinking poisoned koolade in their isolated agricultural commune called Jonestown, located in the jungle of Guyana. Jones was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head among the 914 corpses there.

Early Life

Jim Jones was born in Crete, Indiana, to James and Lynetta Thurman Jones. His father was possibly a member of the Ku Klux Klan. Jones graduated from high school in Richmond, Indiana. He became a preacher in the 1950s. He sold pet monkeys door-to-door to raise the money to found his own church.

In 1973 The Reverend Jim Jones was arrested in a Los Angeles movie theater bathroom after soliciting sex from an undercover cop. [1]


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