According to audio records that Jim Jones had made of the massacre the whole

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According to audio records that Jim Jones had made of the massacre, the whole event took no more than 45 minutes from when he first called the meeting, to when the last person stopped breathing. It was also discovered that Sharon Amos, a high ranking temple member, and her children who were living in the Temples headquarters in Georgetown were also told to commit the revolutionary suicide. At the time, Stephan Jones, and the Jonestown basketball team were staying there while they were competing in a basketball tournament. Wanting more answers, Stephan left, and while gone is when Sharon killed her two youngest children, ages 10 and 11, while her daughter, Liane, 21, slit her throat, and she slit Liane’s throat. When Stephan returned several hours later, he was informed of what Sharon, and Liane had done. 918 people died in the Jonestown Massacre on November 18, 1978. Other than the terrorist attack of September 11th, this is the greatest massacre of American people the United States has ever seen, even if it did not happen on American soil. “It happened because Jim Jones didn’t want word to get out to the outside world what was going on inside his community.” (Wolochatiuk, 2007). Jim Jones did not want anyone to know that he had lost control, and the only way he felt he could have it was through means of physical and mental abuse of his congregation members. “One of the myths of Jonestown was that it was a mass suicide, whereas in fact it was a mass murder.” (Wolochatiuk, 2007). The reason
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Jonestown is believed to be a mass murder is in view of the fact that of the 918 dead, 304 of those were children under the age of 18 who were forced to drink the poison first. At the very end, Jim Jones shot himself in the head, after having said that he wanted to watch his people lay down first, and that if he were to be caught, he would take responsibility for what had taken place at the airstrip. A great deal of lives were lost on that day due to the sickness of Jim Jones, and his not wanting to lose control over his followers. Since the fall of Jonestown, there have been many conspiracy theories surrounding what really happened at Jonestown. Many believe that the mass murder/suicide was really a cover up in order to kill Congressman Leo Ryan who had found out that Jonestown was a CIA experiment in mind-control techniques and that everyone had to be terminated in order to maintain secrecy. The only reason this conspiracy theory exists is due to the fact that, “U.S. government records relating to the mass deaths have never been made public.” (Robinson, 2007). Back home in the United States, in Waco, Texas, almost 15 years after the Jonestown Massacre, another infamous massacre was to take place after a 51- day standoff with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. In 1989, the leader of the Branch of Davidians, George Roden, was convicted of murder, and sentenced to a mental hospital. George Roden had initially banished David Koresh, formerly known as Vernon Wayne Howell, to the Palestine, Texas camp because of Koresh trying to seize leadership from Roden around 1983. When
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