On this day in 1978, Jim Jones Leads His People’s Temple Cult to a Mass Murder-Suicide of over 900 People, Including Hundreds of Children and U.S. Rep. Leo Ryan.
“Alert! Alert! Alert! Everyone to the pavilion!” The Rev. Jim Jones was on the loudspeaker, summoning the members his People’s Temple to their last communion. Dutifully, they gathered round; some of them, without doubt, knew what was in store. “Everyone has to die,” said Jones. “If you love me as much as I love you, we must all die or be destroyed from the outside.” Mothers grasped their children to their breasts. Jones ordered his medical team to bring out “the potion,” a battered tub of strawberry Flavour-aide, laced with tranquilizers and cyanide. “Bring the babies first,” he commanded…
Newsweek December 4, 1978