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The Cult Observer

Vol. 11 No. 4 1994

Jim Jones’s Sons

The loves of three of Peoples Temple leader Jim Jones’s sons, Tim, Jim Jr., and Stephan are featured in a long article by Lawrence Wright in the New Yorker magazine of November 22, 1993. Eventually, like most other Jonestown survivors, they found jobs, got married, had children, and led relatively tranquil lives. But last spring that relative tranquility was shattered. Says Chris Hatcher, a psychologist who heads the Center for the Study of Trauma at the University of California, San Francisco, "They [the survivors] are able to put away their feelings about Jonestown and get on with their lives until something like Waco comes along. Waco brought it all back." In this article, the sons of Jim Jones take readers back to loife in the Peoples Temple in a very intimate and revealing way.


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