So I Saw The Jim Jones Special on CNN Last night

Inquistive

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I heard about it, but I never got a thorough scope into the whole debacle.

A couple of questions.

How can the Guyanese government not hear about the conditions at the settlement?

Was it a mass murder or suicide?
 

Hello BKLYN

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I heard about it, but I never got a thorough scope into the whole debacle.

A couple of questions.

How can the Guyanese government not hear about the conditions at the settlement?

Was it a mass murder or suicide?
Imma check it out on Youtube if they have it...
 

ladyrastafari

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Jim JOnes lived on a compound.. and the talk was that if there was ever a raid on the compound by the authorities.. then everybody would drink a cup of purple Koolaid laced with cyanide.. (hence the phrase "don't drink the koolaid") and commit suicide.. but Jones was also there forcing people who balked at the last moment to drink the Koolaid.. it was rehearsed many times.. so it was a mass suicide but some were forced to drink at gunpoint so there were some murders mixed in there.. .. we learned about this in high school didnt u?
 

Inquistive

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Both, I would think.
I read at least one book of it but the details escape me as to why the Government wasn't more regulatory.
The US sent congressman, Joe Ryan, to check it out. Unfortunately, they gunned him down right before they drank the Kool Aid.
 

ladyrastafari

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i dont know the purpose of your quick fact.. but i stated that the term "Don't Drink the Koolaid" originated from this Jonestown massacre when i said "hence the term dont drink the koolaid".. if you want to be technical, yes some people say "drinking the koolaid"... but i've heard the term "dont drink the koolaid" on xyz.. more often to mean. don't go along with somebody's program blindly because you don't know what the outcome may be!
 

DerMonger

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How can the Guyanese government not hear about the conditions at the settlement?
- There were certain officials at the time that were received financial incentives from Jones to let him run his ill fated "mission" without scrutiny.

- At the time PNC was in power and many of the members of Jones' congregation were black Americans that were seen to be fleeing racial oppression in the US to sanctuary in Guyana and the pro-black Government warmed to their cause.

- Furthermore Burnham was happy that there was someone out there that wished to set up a large settlement out there in the wilderness and cultivate land where few people even ventured into to begin with.

- The interior of the country (even to this day!) was poorly policed. There wasn't even a overland road into the Point Kaituma area where they settled. It was a isolated area.
 

ladyrastafari

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yea i would think a cult would want a nice secluded area to build their compound... i wonder about the type of people susceptible to cults yes.. i for sure wouldnt be in that as if my own parents tell me something that i dont find making sense i'm out..
 

Inquistive

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yea i would think a cult would want a nice secluded area to build their compound... i wonder about the type of people susceptible to cults yes.. i for sure wouldnt be in that as if my own parents tell me something that i dont find making sense i'm out..
Cult leaders often appeal to the vulnerable. In this case, you have to remember that the US was still recovering from racial turmoil, and there were distrust in institutions. Jones was able to capitalize on those inflicted to feed his ego or psychopathic needs.
 

ladyrastafari

Notchilous
yes i know all that.. i still wonder about the gullible fools who get swept up in cults.. i'm not wondering how this could have happened or how it was possible.. but rather what allows some people to be that dumb..
 
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