San Francisco cult leader Jim Jones led his brainwashed disciples to their deaths in a chilling mass suicide — by drinking poison-laced doomsday brew — that sent shockwaves around the world.
Now known as the Jonestown Massacre, the Nov. 18, 1978, horror left 913 dead, including 276 children, in the South American jungle compound they used to escape prying eyes in America.
Fearing reprisals for slaying Ryan, Jones gathered his followers at the camp's main pavilion where he boldly declared: " It's all over – we're going to commit suicide!”
Jones insisted they hurry up, declaring: “Troops will come in here. They will torture our babies. They will kill everybody. It's better that we die with dignity," surviving eyewitness Odell Rhodes Jr. said.
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Soon, a table was set up with a large metal vat filled with a fatal brew of tranquilizers, cyanide and a grape-flavored beverage, which caused an agonizing death.
Jones, meanwhile, died from a single gunshot wound to the head. Only 33 people escaped with their lives.
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