Jim Jones, Jonestown, and the largest cult tragedy in history
How a socially progressive church became the world's most dangerous cult
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The Jonestown Peoples Temple massacre is one of the most infamous events in modern memory. News of the deaths of nearly 1,000 people in a small commune in a jungle in 1978 sent shockwaves through the collective conscious of the world, and forever changed how we think of cults, the power of personalities, and mob mentality. The story of Jim Jones, his Peoples Temple cult, and the settlement in South America that was supposed to be a utopia is one of the most harrowingly fascinating stories ever told.
Read on to learn everything you need to know about the Jonestown massacre, and the events leading up to it.
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