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5.20.2007

Has It Been Almost 30 Years?


I finished watching "Jonestown: The Life and Death of the People's Temple" yesterday. I love documentaries especially about recent history and this thing was great.

For you teenage readers out there (and I'm sure there are a ton), the Rev. Jim Jones took his congregation from San Francisco to Guyana - about a thousand in total - in the late 1970s. Then, in 1979, Congressman Leo Ryan, who had gone to check on the church with an NBC film crew, was gunned on a dirt airport runway not far from the camp. Moments later, 909 people died in a mass suicide by engaging in what is now a pop culture phrase: "Drinking the Kool Aid." (Great wikipedia entry here.)

The film is full of footage of Jonestown including some incredible clips from the night before the mass death (you can almost see the "what the hell?" look in the Congressman's eyes after he tells the congregation that, after talking to church members, that it appeared to him that their new home was "the best thing that ever happened to some of you." The place erupted in the craziest wildest applause I have ever seen. All those cheering would be dead the next day.)

And the audio recording of Jim Jones directing the congregation to drink the Kool Aid ("die with dignity!") - complete with screams in the background - is some of the most chilling audio ever.

12 comments:

comment4U said...

I probably would've added that docu. to my Netflix queue until I read about the "die with dignity!" complete with screams in the background.

Don't think I can make myself hear that...I'll bet it was chilling...

Anonymous said...

He was really loved by the liberal weenies.

Condoleesa said...

Wasn't this on Lifetime a while ago?

Anonymous said...

Grew up with it in the back of my mind, WACO (David Koresh) was while we served the public in Wise County. WHO IS next? Kenneth Copeland and disciples, good bye Farewell!!!

Anonymous said...

I watched it to, great show. what a wacko!!

Anonymous said...

I love kool-aid talk. I picure this big pitcher of kool-aid busting through a wall and saying "come on children die with dignity! great marketing tool. Man, I want me some cherry kool aid right now!!!

mzchief said...

All the while watching the flick I could NOT help but think about ALL of the CRAZY things people believe when they are told what they are doing is "God's Will."

Anonymous said...

That's right, MZ. But I presume that we're not just talking about Christians as in this case. Your Muslim friends are drinking most of the koolaid these days!.

mzchief said...

To anonyNOTHING 12:51...
Please make note that I believe ALL religions that have EVER murdered "in the name of God" are EVIL and people who follow such religions are either simple minded or mentally ill.

Anonymous said...

MZ, religions don't murder, people murder.

Anonymous said...

My bud was in the USAF search and rescue and they helped with the clean up.

He said it was stinky

The End

Wiseoldman said...

Don Harris, the NBC newsman was a popular news anchor for local channel 8 a couple of years before he was killed at Jonestown. I remember being just a shocked at his death as I was at the whole weird tragedy.