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From Wiki: Jonestown was the informal name for the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project, an intentional, or planned, residential community in northwestern Guyana formed by the Peoples Temple led by Jim Jones. It became internationally notorious when, on November 18, 1978, 918 people died in the settlement as well as in a nearby airstrip and in Georgetown, Guyana’s capital.

A total of 909 Temple members died in Jonestown, all but two from apparent cyanide poisoning, in an event termed “revolutionary suicide” by Jones and some members on an audio tape of the event and in prior discussions. This includes over 200 murdered children. The poisonings in Jonestown followed the murder of five others by Temple members at a nearby Port Kaituma airstrip. The victims included United States Congressman Leo Ryan. Four other Temple members died in Georgetown at Jones’s command.

To the extent the actions in Jonestown were viewed as a mass murder, it was the largest such event in modern history and resulted in the largest single loss of American civilian life in a non-natural disaster until the events of September 11, 2001.

Well, that’s the official story.

But there have always been rumors of CIA involvement with the cult prior to the massacre. Mind control experiments such as MK-Ultra have also regularly come up in conspiracy theories.

So what really happened in 1978 at Jonestown?

Mass suicide, mass murder, a CIA experiment, or what?

Find out in our book The Orphan Factory: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008M9WWKW/

The Orphan Factory (The Orphan Trilogy, #2)