JONESTOWN: COULD IT HAPPEN AGAIN?
It was unthinkable. A small American religious group struck out for a new life in the tiny country of Guyana, on the northern tip of South America. Three days after a Congressman went to retrieve a small boy living at Jonestown, they all lay dead.
How did this horror happen? Could it happen again? Author, expert and survivor Laurie Efrein Kahalas re-opens Pandora's Box to finally tell America the truth.
The author was young and vulnerable at the time she joined Peoples Temple Christian Church. Every parent will want to know what went through this young woman's mind as she abandoned life as she had known it, to throw in her lot with the powerful leader of a controversial church.
Peoples Temple was comprised of people who had a great deal at stake: the opportunity to break away from the inner cities, fraught with racism, drugs, crimes, unemployment, substandard housing and education.
Were they deceived about what would await them at Jonestown? Did the community fulfill their dreams, or merely endanger their lives? It is possible there were elements of both? What are the lessons to be learned?
Why was Jonestown smeared in the press before any reporter had ever visited? How many people claimed terrible conditions at Jonestown, who were they, and who were their backers? Did anyone ever tell a different story? What reports were ignored? Why did ABC's 20/20 recently show Congressman Ryan telling the community of Jonestown, "I hear many of you saying that this is the best thing that has ever happened to you"? Why did it take twenty years to put that film on the air?
Why was it outsiders, non-members of the church, who spearheaded the attacks against Peoples Temple? Who were these shadowy people, and what were their motives? What was their relationship to "aggrieved ex-members" of the church?
Would it surprise you to learn that Timothy Stoen, leader of "Concerned Relatives" had NO relatives at Jonestown? Why did he continually threaten to send in mercenaries to kidnap a child that he, his ex-wife, and scores of others knew was not his? Why did he deceive Congressman Ryan into believing his story? Did he have ulterior motives for bringing the Congressman to Jonestown?
Did a group with an unblemished 25-year record of non-violence suddenly turn violent in the jungle? How many guns were found at Jonestown? Did the people of Jonestown have reason to fear violence against them?
Who committed the violence that tragic night? What became of the evidence cache? Why did the Court-appointed receiver of the Peoples Temple funds say that there was no evidence that Peoples Temple had murdered the Congressman?
Why did Jim Jones repeatedly deny any involvement? Why did the film of the assassination feature shooters in Army uniforms, disembarking in a professional military formation? Did the people of Jonestown have such a capacity?
Congressman Leo Ryan was a man with powerful enemies. Who were they, and why did they fear his influence? Are there reasons to suspect their role in his death?
Are small groups who counter the common culture an endangered species? Who draws the line in assessing whether a group is constructive or dangerous? Where are the lines drawn between investigation and harassment? Was there government interference the public never knew of with Jonestown? Was it justified? What are the lessons to be learned?
Jonestown was ripe for a siege mentality: geographically trapped in a dangerous jungle; militarily defenseless; so remote and isolated, it did not even have a phone. Was a locale chosen for insulation and protection, instead a prescription for endangerment? Was this exploited by those who opposed the community's ideals and goals? What elements of paranoia from within Jonestown may have been justified? What role did this play in the tragic end?
Author details how the people of Jonestown were caught in a vice between a zealous leadership on the inside, and threatening forces from the outside. She raises provocative questions about how much power ordinary people have when high-powered forces use them as pawns. Everyone agrees that the people of Jonestown were the innocents -- especially the children. Was there any escape from the paralyzing forces which crushed their lives in a vice?
Twenty years ago, the world was obsessed with demonizing Jim Jones. Now a voice emerges to humanize the people of Jonestown. What were their hopes, their dreams, their human instincts and vulnerabilities? Who will speak for them, and redeem them from labels like "robots," "brainwashed," even "psychopaths"? Can the pathway of condemnation become the pathway to forgiveness?
Peoples Temple survivor Laurie Efrein Kahalas reaches out to all who have suffered severe loss and do not believe their lives will ever be the same. Her heartfelt accounts of trauma and the spiritual guidance which brought her through the storm, are designed to inspire and encourage others who have felt they have been given too much to bear.
It has long been suspected that the U.S. government had a sinister role in what happened at Jonestown. Did you ever wonder why the rumors persisted? Could any rumor survive so persistently for twenty years if it were not based in fact?
But have you ever seen the documents, the affidavits, the witnesses, the real life proof? What if this proof was made available? NOW IT IS!!
MK Ultra? C.I.A. mind control experiment? Jim Jones C.I.A.? The time for rumors is over. Finally the explosive truths emerge as witnessed and documented from the inside. All the characters, the scenarios, the hidden agendas, the government operatives, are now revealed in this ground-breaking book. All the "dirty secrets" are finally revealed. There is no longer any place to hide.
The rumors of sinister government involvement are rumors no more. Their factual, verifiable reality comes to life in SNAKE DANCE: Unravelling the Mysteries of Jonestown. This is the one you have been waiting for!!
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