Jim Jones was one of the most successful cult leaders of the 20th century. The charismatic founder of the Peoples Temple of the Disciples of Christ amassed a loyal following, one dedicated enough to start a new settlement in Guyana under his leadership. Here, he promised, followers of all races would live together in harmony. Nicknamed "Jonestown," the commune became the site of one of the most notorious mass deaths in history. On November 18, 1978, a total of 909 people died at the location, either by poison or by gunfire.
How did Jim Jones keep his followers under his control, even as his plan for the "Jonestown Massacre" became clear? What cult tactics did he employ in order to get hundreds of people to follow his instructions? Over the course of his time as the head of the Peoples Temple, Jim Jones used multiple coercive tricks to control his parishioners, from psychological maneuvers to torture.
By the time Jim Jones moved to Guyana to establish his commune, he had already burned through his influential connections. For Jones, the only end game seemed to be death. So, how did he keep his followers from simply packing up and going home? Keep reading to learn all the horrifying details of how Jim Jones kept his followers on lockdown until the moment they died.
He Physically Isolated His Followers
He Created A False Warzone
He Tortured Doubters With Drugs And Live Snakes
He Subjected Followers To Public Humiliation
He Staged Fake Mass Suicides
He Deprived Residents Of Sleep