Originally Posted by VeryHappyOne
Over 300 people? It was more like 1,000. Remember lots of children were born there too.
I hate when people talk about these folks like they were stupid. I think a lot of them were dejected by the failures of the civil rights movement, and very idealistic. I think the MINUTE this animal up and moved hundred of american citizens to another effin' country, the CIA should have been on it like they were on every other damn group at the time. The CIA had mofos IN the panthers...you could infiltrate the people's temple and figure out this was gonna happen? I think the gov. didn't give a shit cuz most of them were black and poor, and looking for a mythical equal and fair society. Even in Jonestown Jones still promoted whites to positions of leadership and governance. I don't believe most of those people wanted to die. I think most of them just didn't see a way out at the moment. If all of those people with those ideals (equality, peace, love, etc) had survived who knows what positive impact they could have had on their communities. This is why I am always very cautious about religious prophets and whatnot.
I too, have seen the documentaries. Very disturbing. One thing that appeared to be the case, was when they first got down there. I think they were all under the spell of euphoria. Thinking initially, that "This is the place. This is paradise". But that quickly eroded into a very dark and grave reality.
I remember one of the guys that was a part of that cult said how Jones would just stay coked up. How he was paranoid all the time, and constantly, constantly blarring over the PA system his paranoia.
This guy (edit:
the former member of the cult) also said that he can't stand the smell of almonds now, because that is what the cyanide smelled like.