The Cult Observer,
The anniversary of the Jonestown tragedy
the event which may be said to have ushered the modern cult phenomenon into
national consciousness was marked on November 18 when families and friends of many
of those who died in the murder-suicides of 912 people, 276 of whom were children,
gathered at the Evergreen Cemetery in Oakland, California.
Mourners included Dr. Margaret Singer, the prominent
writer and researcher on cults
and cultism (and a director of AFF, publisher of The Cult Observer),
and Janja Lalich, co-author with Singer of the recently published Cults In Our Midst (and an AFF
A special invitation to the Jonestown remembrance
signed by Singer and Lalich, asked recipients to "join us in remembering those who
have been lost to the tragedies of a cult. At the same time, by helping bring attention to
this issue, you will be alerting others to not ignore the atrocities of cult relationship.
Take this opportunity to meet families and friends of many of those who died in Jonestown
in 1978, and come to understand the effects that a cult can have on others." (Cult