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  • On Nov. 18, 1978, one of the biggest American mass deaths took place in Jonestown, Guyana at the Peoples Temple compound. Following the orders of their leader, Rev. Jim Jones, over 900 members of the cult, including children, died, most by ingesting a cyanide-laced drink. </br></br>Rev. Jim Jones, founder of the Peoples Temple cult, is seen in this photo found in an album on the compound after the tragedy, Nov. 18, 1978 in Jonestown, Guyana.
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  • The Peoples Temple compound in Jonestown, Guyana, is seen in this aerial image from 1978. </br></br>In 1974, Jones leased more than 3,800 acres of isolated jungle from the Guyanese government. He believed that the mostly English-speaking South American country could be a sort of utopia for his California-based congregation.
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  • The cabins for members of the Peoples Temple cult are seen in Jonestown, Guyana, 1978.
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  • Peoples Temple follower Larry Layton, center, stands with police following his arrest in the shooting of two people, including California Congressman Leo Ryan, on a remote Guyana airstrip, Nov. 18, 1978. <br><br>Under the orders of Jones, Larry Layton and several armed men shot the congressman and his party to protect the sect fearing the government was going to take them away. Arguing that the attack on the planes would bring Jonestown residents harm, Jones persuaded members to ingest a cyanide-laced drink.
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  • After the airstrip shooting, survivors recall Jones calling members of the compound to the pavilion where he told them of the congressman's death and then called for the "vat with the green c" to be brought forward, insisting that it was time for their lives to end. </br></br>Bodies lie behind a tub of cyanide-laced punch, Nov. 18, 1978, in Jonestown, Guyana, after over 900 members of the Peoples Temple cult led by Reverend Jim Jones consumed the drink in a mass suicide/murder.
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  • The bodies of members of the Peoples Temple cult lie on the ground after ingesting a cyanide-laced drink in a mass suicide/murder coordinated by leader, Rev. Jim Jones, Nov. 18, 1978, in Jonestown, Guyana.
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  • Dead bodies lie around the compound of the Peoples Temple cult, Nov. 18, 1978, after over 900 members of the cult, led by Reverend Jim Jones, died from ingesting a cyanide-laced drink.
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  • Cards and pictures made by young members of the Peoples Temple cult hang in a cabin in Jonestown, Guyana.
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  • Bottles of poison belonging to members of the Peoples Temple cult, who participated in a mass suicide/murder by ingesting a cyanide-laced drink, are seen on a table in Jonestown, Guyana, 1978.
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  • Bodies are seen in a bedroom of one of the cabins on the Peoples Temple cult compound, Nov. 18, 1978, in Jonestown, Guyana. <br><br>Led by Reverend Jim Jones, over 900 members of the cult died from ingesting a cyanide-laced drink in one the largest mass suicides/murder in modern history.
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  • A parrot looks down at dead bodies on the compound of the Peoples Temple cult, Nov. 18, 1978, in Jonestown, Guyana.
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  • This handwritten note was found on the body of Peoples Temple cult leader, Rev. Jim Jones, in Jonestown, Guyana, after over 900 members were found dead in a mass suicide/murder from ingesting a cyanide-laced drink. <br><br>The FBI said it could not determine if the note was written by Jones, however a source said it appeared to be written by a close follower of Jones.
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  • U.S. military personnel place bodies in coffins at the airport in Georgetown, Guyana, after over 900 members of the Peoples Temple died in a mass suicide/murder in Jonestown, Guyana in Nov. 1978.
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  • A U.S. military body recovery unit removes more victims of the Jonestown mass suicide/murder from a helicopter at Georgetown's International Airport, Nov. 28, 1978.
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  • Flowers grow outside the main assembly pavilion on the Peoples Temple compound in Jonestown, Guyana.
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