And you’re just — you want to run, but you know, you just try — “Alright I’m gonna be cool.”. He said, “Now, did you see any lightning come from the sky and strike me dead?”. He really understood it. They were tailor-made for a political rally. What happened there in those few moments made it clear that nobody was safe. Jones was sitting, looking over his sunglasses, but he had a smile on his face like he’s really enjoying this woman being torn down. Hue Fortson Jr., Peoples Temple Member: I remember one night, one of the brothers had stood up and said, “You know, I think everybody that wants Father to [expletive] them in the butt, you need to take an enema first.” I’m telling you the truth man, I’m telling you the truth. Jackie Speier, Aide to Congressman Leo Ryan: Congressman Ryan was unique in the political sphere. Stanley Clayton, Peoples Temple Member: I grabbed the kid from the shoulders up, and in that process of taking him out of the pavilion, this kid died in my arms. And I went Wednesday night and I listened to him, and I was impressed by how it was such an interracial group and people were really happy. In 1952, Jim enters the ministry and starts his work as a student pastor at the Somerset Methodist Church in Indianapolis. Female (archival): Oh, I should say I am. "Imma use you to build my brand. I’m not going to let you do this alone.”, Marshall Kilduff, Journalist: I finally heard from some ex-members who heard I was interested in writing a story about the Temple for New West magazine, and they took a chance. In 1972 Leo Ryan was elected to the United States Congress from California’s 11th District. The margin of victory was probably no more than 4,000. Patrick Ramirez. I’ve been here a few days and I have — I have absolutely no complaints at all. Deborah Layton, Peoples Temple Member, Author, Seductive Poison: Nobody joins a cult. Jim Jones (archival): I have the power to send you home by Christmas, but it’s not on Transworld Airlines. On a certain level, it’s normal, you know? John R. Hall, Sociologist: In Lynn, Jim Jones looked for community and couldn’t find community, in Lynn as a town — which had a population of what, a thousand people? I wanted to go. Jim Jones Jr., Peoples Temple Member: My father used to tell me that people’s lives — sixty percent of people’s lives — were made on emotional decisions. The woman was Carolyn Layton, a California woman who became his enabler. “I gave my rights up to him. Connie Roundebush They’ll torture our seniors. Stephan Jones and Jim Jones Jr., the surviving son of Jim Jones, tell all in a new documentary about the Jonestown massacre. Incredibly, the leader they knew as “Andreas” still has a following in Hawaii, despite allegations of sexual abuse. He had books. Narrator (anonymous letter, archival): “If nobody understands, it matters not. It’s the church’s duty to have a place of protection for its people. Pyramid Media He saw that the preachers were like father figures to their congregations. Jackie Speier, Aide to Congressman Leo Ryan: Jones was in the pavilion. “Of the five people who survived, there are — to my knowledge — three left alive. The story is told by survivors, Temple defectors, relatives, and journalists. But yet still, everyday it was getting worse and worse. If you are in need of healthcare, you get healthcare. And so anyone that showed any interest in sex was just compensating. We’re going to — you’re going to get healed today.” He said, “We’re going to — we’re going to heal those legs of yours. Where is the vat? Jim Jones (May 13, 1931–November 18, 1978), the leader of the Peoples Temple cult, was both charismatic and disturbed. Jim Jones (archival): The United States is calling for the removal of all Blacks and Indians. Jim Jones (archival, subtitles): The congressman is dead! Relative of Peoples Temple Member (archival): I think that Jim Jones took his group down there because he was afraid to face the publicity and answer the questions here in this country. It surprised me at first that this has happened just 38 years before. Don’t try to take any of our children. Neva Sly Hargrave, Peoples Temple Member: I had welts really bad, and when I went to work the next day, one of my employees noticed the welts when I sat down. Oh, what’s he done for me. Claire Janaro, Peoples Temple Member: When I saw Redwood Valley, I couldn’t believe my eyes because it was like a paradise. San Francisco Chronicle Deborah Layton, Peoples Temple Member, Author, Seductive Poison: What he explained to each of us, and in sermons, was that sexual relationships were very selfish and they took away from the focus of the church — and that was to help others. Male Peoples Temple Member (archival): Would you do it? Jim said, “Darlin’, you know, today is your day. It was a bright sunny day, but it was a dark day. The trailer comes to a stop and then you can see the wooden pathway that leads to the pavilion. Yes, we tried it. And we would be enthusiastic. On-screen text: On November 18th, 1978, in Jonestown, Guyana, 909 members of Peoples Temple died in what has been called the largest mass suicide in modern history. Mike Touchette, Peoples Temple Member: When I first went into Jonestown, it was just a footpath in the rainforest. Amidst the wilderness in Jonestown, Guyana, which the People’s Temple followers called paradise, about 1,000 individuals drank deadly cyanide punch or were shot to death after the order of their leader, Jim Jones. I am ready to die now. Laura Johnston Kohl, Peoples Temple Member: My week kind of ran like this — I’d work my regular job on Mondays, you know, eight to five. So all you could hear the engine noise. In 1977, as media interest grew Jim Jones and hundreds of his supporters left San Francisco, California and set out for Guyana determined to build a new community in the South American country. “I did allow Jones to think for me because I figured that he had the better plan,” says former Peoples Temple member Hue Fortson, whose wife and infant son were among the more than 900 who died in Guyana after drinking cyanide-laced fruit punch. Juanell Smart, Peoples Temple Member: When people heard Jim, they didn’t look upon him as being a white preacher, you know. He took it as a betrayal to the cause, and to him personally. The story goes that I was crying real loud and it drew attention for Marceline to come over, and once she picked me up, I stopped crying. And then we got an allowance — five dollars a week. Appearances by The Game, T.I and Yung Buck *****www.mixtapemonster**** twitter: mixtapemonster c/o Carlin America, Inc. When Rosalyn Carter came to San Francisco, she gave Jim Jones a private audience. Bryan Kravitz, Peoples Temple member In 1978 over 900 people died in the largest mass murder-suicide in history. 1952 – Jim and Marceline adopt their first child, Agnes Jones. Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple, Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple: Trailer. And I thought it had a lot more to do with Jim’s sense of rehearsal. The government was infiltrating and wiretapping and trying to kill people or assassinate people. They lie. Well, I slept an hour-and-a-half.”. It was rural. The birds gather on the telephone wires. They’ll torture some of our children here. I told him, “You are in extreme danger. But if it’s so damned bad, why is he leaving his son here? Hurry my children! Then, shortly thereafter, Congressman Ryan starts walking out in this bloodstained shirt. Just vulcanize yourself.”. Eugene Smith lost his wife, son, daughter, and mother. The Temple was burned down and had to be rebuilt. Barbara Peterson You were a shareholder of Jonestown if you were African American. It was about 11:30 in the morning. Vernon Gosney, Peoples Temple member Jonestown was meant to be a utopia and, for a while, it was. (On-screen text): Voice of Jim Jones, 1953. Courtesy of Vee-Jay Ltd. Partnership, That’s The Way Of The World Christopher Chow, Asian American Media Center, Inc. Make your decisions — sixty percent of your decisions — based on logic, fact and reason, and allow emotion to be the secondary motivator. So when he was in the state assembly, he went to Folsom State Prison and spent a week as an inmate to understand the prison issues and prison reform. Published by Embassy Music Corporation on behalf of itself and Eibur Music Co. and EMI April Music, Archival Footage Jim Jones (archival): Somebody is gonna get on the freedom train in Philadelphia! Analyze what occurred, why and how. The fire proved they are out to get us. Jim Jones Jr., Peoples Temple Member: And he was kind of left to his own devices. I said, “You dropped something,” and this little boy, about nine years old, started saying, “He passed a note! When everyone got off the bus at the rest stop, I went into his little room and I sat there and waited for him. Juanell Smart, Peoples Temple member Fulcrum TV I was in a lot of the meetings where people were spanked or beaten, and I was slapped once, also in a public meeting. Gary Fong, San Francisco Chronicle And once I laid her down and she told me how she wanted to lay with her grandmother, I — at that point, knew that I didn’t have no reason to be here no more. Jim Jones the video director. Through a forceful personality, charm and genuine good works, he managed to draw a massive following and lead them, like a modern-day pied piper, to the jungles of Guyana. But this is a loyalty test and you need to turn them in.”. Jim Jones Jr., Peoples Temple Member: He had a real issue with separation. But when you live in a dysfunctional family, you think it’s normal. Hue Fortson Jr., Peoples Temple Member: Jones is sitting there calmly and so another lady said, “Well, I don’t know why you keep doing that. Greg Shea, Legal Woman (archival): Thank you very much, thank you. Rebecca Moore, Relative of Peoples Temple Member: The Concerned Relatives promptedFCC investigation of Peoples Temple. “My mother, my grandmother, my sister, my brother, they gone.” You know she said, “Just take me. Not Indianapolis, which seems hopeless, but California, which seems to be the Promised Land. Jim Jones Jr., Peoples Temple Member: I was the first Negro child adopted by a Caucasian family in the state of Indiana. Jim Jones speaking in 1972. And all of a sudden, the answer was there. Garrett Lambrev, Peoples Temple Member: When I joined Peoples Temple in the spring of 1966, there were exactly eighty-one members. or communication with parents or any kind of, you know, update that could show us, really, that there’s a whole other thing going on besides what Jim was interpreting for us. Stanley Clayton, Peoples Temple Member: I ain’t never used the term “suicide,” and I’m not gonna never use the term “suicide.” That man killed — was killing us. Get the solution together.”. We were going to California, our new world. When we came back, something had happened. And there I am involved. Jim Jones (archival): Edie. Stanley Clayton, Peoples Temple Member: There was a young kid, his name was Thurman and when he came inside, he bumped into me. He passed a note!”. I drunk alcohol and stuff like that. I gave my rights up to him. They’ll torture our people. You — you could hear it all the time. We must not allow these kind of things to enter our consciousness. Tim Carter, Stanley Clayton and three others escaped into the jungle. The sky turned black. This seems to be the new trend in Hip Hop. AP/Wide World Photos Bryan Kravitz, Peoples Temple Member: I heard Jim Jones talking about equality among races, what it’s like living in California, in the Redwood Valley, the good works that they’re doing. Claire Janaro, Peoples Temple member It’s just stepping over into another plane. Laura Johnston Kohl, Peoples Temple Member: And then Sunday, we’d have a Sunday morning service and then around one o’clock hop on the buses, drive up, drop people off in San Francisco, and drive up to Redwood Valley. There’s only one hope of glory…That’s within you! Hue Fortson Jr., Peoples Temple Member: Then they begin to say what her breasts looked like, her stomach, butt, vagina, you name it. Fielding McGehee, Jonestown Institute, Graphic Design I didn’t know I’d never see her again. This doc begs the question as to how or not Patrick’s large underground network followers became their own kind of cult. On-screen text: Peoples Temple Children’s Choir — Welcome. Don Como There were too many poor people out there. Juanell Smart, Peoples Temple Member: I’m saddened because it didn’t work out. You know, we just had fun with it as it grew. We lie flat on the tarmac at that moment. But our senior citizen homes, they’re elegant. Coming there, being there in the meetings, sitting, listening — you know, supporting, working. Phyllis Wilmore-Zimmerman, Childhood Friend: I grew up with Jimmy Jones. And she called the manager of the station up and they talked to me about leaving. As you see me as your father, I’ll be your father.” He said, “If you see me as your God, I’ll be your God.”. Laura Johnston Kohl, Peoples Temple Member: It changed over the years, but it was always busy. Glenn Fukushima Jackie Speier, Aide to Congressman Leo Ryan: We heard this great uproar in the pavilion and the truck stopped. You ought to just take off your clothes and show him what you got. James Molesky With various assassinations — Malcolm X, Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy — there was definitely a feeling of hopelessness. Oh, what he’s done for me. “Stanley Clayton, up, front, center.”, Janet Shular, Peoples Temple Member: He would ask people, “What do you think we ought to do with them? What do you see? There were poor children. She smoked, cursed and voiced obtuse opinions at ever… It was very somber. The man got power, ya’ll.” And the whole place would just go wild. Rebecca Moore, Relative of Peoples Temple Member: California is perceived to be a very progressive state. Many believed that he had saved their son or daughter from an automobile accident. Watch Documentary. It was led by a white minister, but in terms of the worship service, commitment to the social gospel, its membership — it functioned completely like a black church. A documentary on the 40th anniversary of the largest murder-suicide in American history, when over 900 members of the Peoples Temple consumed a deadly cyanide-laced drink on the orders of leader Jim Jones; interviews with Jones' two surviving sons. People were being taken to airports. I couldn’t say goodbye to my son or my husband because at that point, it was like the Gestapo — the families were turning in each other. Collect all the tapes, all the writing, all the history. Male Peoples Temple Member (archival): No. Jon Vargo, Video Arts/San Francisco, Re-Recording Mixer And Jones happened to be coming out of his room and he said, “Hi Tim, how are you doing? And you’re, you know, you’re in love and then — you know, the honeymoon wears off and reality sets in. Jim Jones was a mad man, and how he ordered 900+ people to kill themselves is absolutely sickening. And he was getting more and more paranoid. 7 months ago. Deborah Layton, Peoples Temple Member, Author, Seductive Poison: The membership increased substantially as he procured more and more Greyhound buses and fixed them up, and every summer he began this cross-country tour. Let all the story of this Peoples Temple be told.”. We can not have this! Hue Fortson Jr., Peoples Temple member Janet Shular, Peoples Temple member Are you people going to — leave us. Rebecca Moore, Relative of Peoples Temple Member: I think the early sixties had been a time of great optimism; there was a belief that we could change the world through social movements. Well, by this time the whole congregation’s running down these aisles with us — we’re all just running around the aisles, just hoopin’ and hollerin’ up a storm. There’s no heaven up there…We’ll have to make heaven down here! Eugene and June Cordell lost Edith Cordell and nineteen other relatives. Narrator (anonymous letter, archival): “To whomever finds this note. We must never allow that because this is the kind of thing that ushers in the terror of a Hitler’s Germany. She just was — was just in a daze.
ECS8C_C01.qxd IMT Custom Machine Company, Inc.: Selection of an Information Technology What does this story, overall, tell you about leadership? The Family is nonfiction; it’s all true. Nice little comment from Angie Martinez there… Jim Jones (archival, subtitles): Quickly! At that same time, he’s falling to the ground and he’s going into convulsion. There he promised them a modern-day Garden of Eden. Kenneth Clark, Harrigan And as I lay there frightened, not sure what to do, and as I shivered, he’d say to me, “This is for you. This trailer is mostly Dame Dash bigging Jimmy up, which is unfortunate because Dame seems to have lost his outlandish vitality that made him so interesting back around 2000. He was standing in the middle of a duffel bag. You must be insane. You know, cyanide makes people froth at the mouth. Joyce Bowman, Personal Collection Deborah Layton, Peoples Temple Member, Author, Seductive Poison: What was once a really boring meeting, all of a sudden, became like really interesting when Jim Jones became the head of it — because we all came down on the buses. Do you want to go home? Jim Jones (archival): The world is like a human family. What he spoke from the pulpit wasn’t what he did behind the scenes. Gregory Robinson, San Francisco Examiner They come and go all the time. Approximately eighty Jonestown residents, including three of Jim Jones’ sons, were away that day and survived. Jim graduated from high school with an interest and aptitude for medicine. I just kind of took everything in stride. Inside, I just wanted things to stop. He wasn’t going to be gaining large numbers of members. It was very quiet. Jim Jones (archival): People play games, friend. UCLA Film and Television Archive, Archival Photographs Jim Jones (archival, subtitles): There’s a little town in Indiana. 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