Cult Observer Archives: Jonestown

Psychological Manipulation, cult groups, sects, and new religious movements

 

The Cult Observer
Vol. 11, No. 4, 1994

Jonestown Memorial Wall

Surviving family members of those who died at Jonestown in 1978 plan to erect a granite wall in Oakland, CA, that will list all of the victims. "Those were our family, our friends and neighbors," said Los Angeles Pastor Jynona Norwood, who lost 27 relatives at Jonestown. Cult Awareness Network president Patricia Ryan, whose father Congressman Leo Ryan was murdered while investigating Jonestown, said at a recent ceremony for some 400 Peoples Temple members buried under a single gravestone in Oakland, "There’s a collective American psyche that doesn’t want to admit that it happened, let alone that it could happen again." (From "Jonestown Lives On as a Reminder of Cults’ Dangers," by Richard C. Paddock, Los Angeles Times, November 19, 1993, A1, A3)

 

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