died, including 276 children.
committing suicide drank a cyanide-laced fruit punch, those who refused were either
forced to drink it at gunpoint, or shot if they tried to flee.
happened at a commune in northwestern Guyana. The cult leader was Jim Jones.
attention was drawn to the commune after US Congressman Leo Ryan led a delegation
to investigate. When a number of the members asked Ryan to help them escape, Jim
Jones threatened Ryan with a knife. Ryan survived that attack, but at the airport
he and his companions were executed as they attempted to board their planes.
at Jonestown the mass suicide was quickly organized. Jones himself died of gun
wounds to the head, probably suicide. About a dozen survived.