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