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[Fredric Rice, The Skeptic Tank: The authorship of these files on cults has his or her own motivations for providing them and will contain his or her own bias. What I find typical is that individuals and organizations which report on cults are usually themselves a competition cult yet like to think of themselves as "a religion, not a cult." In actual fact, _ALL_ religions are cults by the primary, secondary, and terciary usage definition of the term. Some of the information you find here is inaccurate and contains urban legend -- take what you find with a grain of salt. If you wish to acquire a copy of the Law Enforcement Guide on Occult Crime, contact myself at frice@stbbs.com or at The Skeptic Tank (818) 335-9601 and I'll forward the address and information you need.] Guyana Scene of the Jonestown mass suicide in 1978 and still the most infamous locale in cult history; 913 members of the 'People's Temple' died afterdrinking cyanide-laced Kool Aid. Some, according to survivors, were shot downtrying to escape. The cult (led by Jim Jones) had practised the ceremonial suicide on previous occasions in preparation for their deliverance from corruption. They had cut all links with the outside world and their belief in the imminent apocalypse was fuelled by rumours within the commune that earthquakes had destroyed Los Angeles and that San Francisco had been overrun by the Ku Klux Klan. Eighty-five members of the cult (including Jones's three sons) survived the massacre - some had simply not been at the commune on 18 November 1978; some had stayed in California rather than move to Guyana and others managed to escape into the jungle. There is a recording of the pre-suicide ceremony, on which one victim can be heard screaming: "We made it a beautiful day. Let's make it a beautiful day." To comment about this Website, our paper and all associated articles, you can mail us at the Observer: bill@dial.pipex.com

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