CHAPTER EIGHT THE JONESTOWN MASSACRE THE INCIDENT: At Jonestown in Guyana on November 18, 1978, more than 900 people (most of them Americans) committed mass suicide by drinking a “Kool-Aid” laced with cyanide. This followed the murder of Congressman Leo Ryan, who had come to investigate rumors about Jonestown.
THE OFFICIAL WORD: Cult leader Jim Jones gave the orders, and his “brainwashed” followers did what he asked. Jones then shot himself.
MY TAKE: The first on-scene investigator determined that the majority of the people at Jonestown were murdered. Jones had longstanding ties to the CIA, and may have been involved in mass “mind control” experimentation.
“Research in the manipulation of human behavior is considered by many authorities in medicine and related fields to be professionally unethical, therefore the reputations of professional participants in the MK-ULTRA program are, on occasion, in jeopardy.” —Memorandum from CIA Inspector General Lyman Kirkpatrick to Richard Helms, August 19631 Over the years, it’s become a kind of household word aimed at people who join unusual groups: “Oh, you must have taken the Kool-Aid.” It’s not really all that