The Lure Of Our Many Cults - 1978-11-26

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F43.png The Lure Of Our Many Cults November 26, 1978, Henry Allen, Washington Post

IN AN AGE in which everything was permitted, yet little seemed real, the Rev. Jim Jones promised a refuge.

At his Peoples Temples in California and in the jungles of Guyana, little enough was permitted - disciples surrendered property, privacy, logic, freedoms. And in a blaze of certainty lit by Jones' charisma, paranoia, deceits and power lust, they found the final reality - death.

"They were smiling . . . they were genuinely happy," said Mark Lane, a lawyer for the cult who fled into the jungle just before the mass suicide began with the pouring of cyanide into babies' mouths.


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