April 13, 2024
Analysis

Drinking the Kool-Aid

Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple's Relations with Kim Il Sung's North Korea

In 1976, members of the Peoples Temple, the infamous cult led by Jim Jones, moved from California to the Caribbean coastal nation of Guyana to create a socialist utopia.

The tragic ending of this failed social experiment is well-known – 909 members of the cult committed mass suicide on November 18, 1978 by drinking cyanide-laced Flavor Aid – but many do not know that, in the Guyanese jungle, there was a little slice of North Korea.

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