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It began as charismatic preacher Jim Jones’ attempt to build a socialist utopia, but it ended with the deaths of more than 900 people in a remote settlement in Guyana known as Jonestown. NBC’s Joe Fryer reports the second installment of TODAY’s “Cults & Crimes” series. » Subscribe to TODAY: http://on.today.com/SubscribeToTODAY » Watch the latest from TODAY: http://bit.ly/LatestTODAY About: TODAY brings you the latest headlines and expert tips on money, health and parenting. We wake up every morning to give you and your family all you need to start your day. If it matters to you, it matters to us. We are in the people business. Subscribe to our channel for exclusive TODAY archival footage & our original web series. Connect with TODAY Online! Visit TODAY's Website: http://on.today.com/ReadTODAY Find TODAY on Facebook: http://on.today.com/LikeTODAY Follow TODAY on Twitter: http://on.today.com/FollowTODAY Follow TODAY on Google+: http://on.today.com/PlusTODAY Follow TODAY on Instagram: http://on.today.com/InstaTODAY Follow TODAY on Pinterest: http://on.today.com/PinTODAY Jonestown Mass Suicide: Revisiting The Cult That Ended With The Deaths Of 900 | TODAY
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Dom Jervis (13 часов назад)
This occurred during my junior year in college. Several friends subscribed to the Chicago Tribune, which contained a VERY Long article on this horrible mass murder. While we couldn't understand why these people would supposedly take their own lives, the part I had trouble grasping was why these people would leave the US and go live in the middle of the jungle, cut off from the rest of the World, where they would be at the mercy of someone who, as it turned out, they could not trust. Lastly, Leo Ryan's (may he rest in peace) claim of having the "Congressional Shield" made about as much sense as those who made that fateful trip. Had he gone in with a couple dozen members of a Special Forces Unit, he probably would have lived much longer. The ~600 adults who died chose to go there. That is tragic, but they made that choice. It is because of the slaughter of ~300 innocent children who had the terrible luck of being born to parents who were brain-dead zombies that I hope that Jones spends Eternity in a Lake of Fire that burns, but does not consume.
Cheshire Kitty (2 дня назад)
Reporter: This time served a punch of cyanide * i have no clue how to spell it btw * Me: So he’s the gargoyle king??
Donna Rinaldi (3 дня назад)
how do we know that Jim Jones killed himself, I read that the gun was found 20 ft away from the body
Matthew J (5 дней назад)
Kim Jon Un 2: American Edition
The Ninja (5 дней назад)
Why is death a tragedy? Don't we just return in a different reality or simulation?
Jerry Robles (10 дней назад)
I can't believe how gullible and stupid can be.
Robert aquilina (12 дней назад)
How many people successfully escaped before the mass suicide?
You Tried It Sis (13 дней назад)
Who else is here from inside edition? Give a like if u r
Heinz Axmann (15 дней назад)
Read More Bible. Don't Be Anti Christ Followers.
Emmanuel E (16 дней назад)
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Ryon Morris (17 дней назад)
That's what you Black fools get for following a white man LOL.
ItsGen (19 дней назад)
I'm watching this after watching bird box. 2019 anyone?
Jai Beats (23 дня назад)
Bird box anyone?
Rusty Shacklefurt (25 дней назад)
People are easily brainwashed. The media and government is programming you daily!!!
Harrison Buchanan (28 дней назад)
If a leader says commit suicide that is no leader its a murderer
Tah Sin (30 дней назад)
Government and media should've left them alone! they were lost cause maybe doing so lots of people life could've been saved
Mike Ryals (1 месяц назад)
Just another white man that killed innocent black people.
Kc Evins (1 месяц назад)
el-mehdi Benchaib (1 месяц назад)
Religious dogmas, brainwash and sufferance. Be aware and never believe what the preachers say, they allow to themselves everything and preventing people from what they are doing. Do what I say and never do what I do. Hypocrisy.
Jasmine Johnston (1 месяц назад)
austin hunt (1 месяц назад)
julian t (1 месяц назад)
jim looked like he was stuffing his mouth with tamales while everyone else was starving on rice
Mike Dizzle (1 месяц назад)
Be careful people,what’s the first word in the word “culture”.. how about “cult”am I on to something here?
Jasmine Johnston (1 месяц назад)
i know, right?????
Leilana Vatan (1 месяц назад)
Chris Fontaine (1 месяц назад)
Jone's Juniors statement that he had to live with the tragedy with his father did but then he then said he did it not me so he's basically not letting this get the best of him good for him
BadBatch (1 месяц назад)
Jim jones jr was black? In one documentary he was played by a white guy
Jasmine Johnston (1 месяц назад)
nah he was adopted educate yo self fool smh
Gerry Jackwagon (1 месяц назад)
Is it just me or am I the only one not keeping up with the Jones.
tposer (1 месяц назад)
Oh hey Matt Lauer. This video didn’t age well
curioso (1 месяц назад)
Most people commenting here seem to be apparently ignorant or wilfully oblivious that this Jim Jones was an outspoken Atheist and a avowed Marxist. So much for the so-called "enlightened" materialists.
Re P (1 месяц назад)
I have researched Jim Jones and his Jonestown quite a bit and its amazing how devious and selfish and evil this guy was. First he starts out as seeming like a Christian and even had on the sign to his church "disciples of Jesus". And he did a lot of good, Then slowly the power got to him. He took advantage of girls (and guys) and then he rejected the Bible by throwing it in a service and saying it was the source of all our troubles etc. He basically said he was god and then demanded people money and time and no freedom to leave. Just when there was going to be a serious investigation into his church (in San Francisco) he rushes to Guyana. And then he makes it sound so good, the perfect place to be while all the time forcing people to stay. This can only go on for so long! In Guyana (Jonestown) he doesn't really have any way to increase his flock as he is in the middle of a jungle so he needs his followers to stay. Once the scales had tipped and the truth would go out with the defectors .... Jonestown would shrink to nothing and he knew he had no future. So I think it was incredibly selfish to get the others to drink the poision etc. The irony is he will face judgement to one he regretted. That's my take on it
Desucof K (1 месяц назад)
The only person who can rule over me is "ME"!
Johnny Guy (1 месяц назад)
Religions are only for gullible people
Jasmine Johnston (1 месяц назад)
i know, right????????????????????????????????
ruzzell907 (1 месяц назад)
Think this is bizarre? Have you heard of Pastor Apollo Quiboloy.
Kommentator (1 месяц назад)
How have I never heard about this?!
Trust JESUS only. Beware of Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses, etc.
Kevin Kopec (1 месяц назад)
This could be a dope Farcry story line.
luis m (1 месяц назад)
People like this crazy mf and our fake president can cause a lot of damage because they brainwash people and can control people's minds to do whatever they want.
Malika Ounssi (1 месяц назад)
American Horror Story Cult
Scrumptious Urinal Cakes (1 месяц назад)
Fun times in Jonestown . They all knew what they signed up for and deserved it.
Merry Merry Quite Contrary (1 месяц назад)
This is what Jesus is for!
Mister Miggs (1 месяц назад)
Clearly he isn't the only person in the world misleading ppl. Your local pastor is for profit as well. Idk why ppl just don't use their own guidance and intuition. They'll claim that the Bible said stay away from ppl like this. But YOU DONT KNOW UNTIL IT'S TOO LATE anyways. Either way, this lifestyle was specifically catered to idiots🤦🏽‍♂️🤦🏽‍♂️
BR (1 месяц назад)
Real lesson: Never trust thine enemy (Edomites).
Maybelin Herrera (1 месяц назад)
if u rly think that Jonestown was a suicide I lost faith in humanity. JONESTOWN WAS A MASS MURDER.
Random guy with a baseball batte (1 месяц назад)
Cults and religions are the same thing, really. They're made for weak-minded people who cannot face the fact that there will be nothing after your death. These people wouldn't find a place where they belong without it. People who believe so much in fictional stories they become lost and lose track of reality itself. You can only wish these people wake up one day and stop losing so much time for meaningless fictional stories, but it's a lost cause for the ones that believe in it too much.
Nika T. (1 месяц назад)
I do not feel sorry for adults because they are fools. I'm sorry because of children who had no choice and they were killed by their parents. Psychol and demon.
Demetris Marshall (1 месяц назад)
And Don Lemons said what???
ac S (1 месяц назад)
People are stupid .
DragonLeopard33 (1 месяц назад)
One bucket of kool aid killed nearly a thousand people. Really.
Drew Cobain (1 месяц назад)
This comments section alone proves to me just how stupid most people are...especially black people
Vicki Ross Tudor (1 месяц назад)
"Jim Jones Jr." Yeaa, not really a badge of honor is it? I would've changed my name as soon as I saw the footage of the bodies.
Bobby (1 месяц назад)
Liberal in action- dems and Jim Jones are not too different!
John Petrinolis (2 месяца назад)
Still second next to Jesus.
Sevierino Villanueva (2 месяца назад)
Beware of False Prophets
Ramakumar Jones (2 месяца назад)
The world's increasing dependence and trust in nuclear weapons and our suicidal addiction to non-renewable energy sources (oil, gas, coal) are proof that Jonestown was not an isolated group-It was a microcosm of today's worldwide society of unconscious and death-oriented human beings. I urge with all my heart the awakening of our species from our terrifying drift toward both total environmental collapse and the growing chance of a nuclear holocaust. The tremendous potential of all human beings to become blissful and celebrating persons must not be thrown away for the stupid reasons of corporate profits and our present-day mentality of "macho militarism".
Dios Sea Contigo (2 месяца назад)
Thank you NBC (Matt Lauer of all people). Today’s People’s Church goes by the name Democratic Party. Same tactics, same beliefs. Looking back on Jim Jones, often it is hard to believe that people fell for it. But is it really that hard to believe looking at today: Antifa, black lives matters, socialist in the Democratic Party, and other community groups formed by community organizers (Obama). Is it really hard to understand how people who don’t know their history can be easily manipulated?
kevin buggage (2 месяца назад)
Black folks always trusting the white man, by now you should know that doesn’t get you far.
Tom Walsh (2 месяца назад)
One punch man
LEX37 (2 месяца назад)
Credulity is the terminal disease of humanity.
The FBI (2 месяца назад)
The real One Punch Man
Hank Roedell (2 месяца назад)
Thank you for the lousy logo in the video. Please, you keep your crap video.
Dan Woods (2 месяца назад)
Trump supporters....still easily duped by a cult leader
elgavilan83 (2 месяца назад)
She said, “We haven’t seen anything like that ever since.”??? HELLO?! Trump and his followers. They’re under the same spell and they’ve been drinking the koolaid, they just haven’t drank the poisonous one yet. The world is monitoring and watching them closely though. We’ll see what happens. In either case, this is not going to end well.
Overtime (2 месяца назад)
I wonder if there wasn’t drugs involved if Jonestown would have lasted? Jim Jones did a lot of positive things in Indiana. He really only started to get seriously crazy once he was using drugs regularly...
Sam Bradley (2 месяца назад)
Too bad Ronald Reagan wasn't President when this happened, he would have done more than Jimmy Carter did, (which was nothing )
Bahookee (2 месяца назад)
Jim Jones was an atheist he hid his godless views by masking it with Christianity but let’s not be confused he was not a Christian he did not believe in God in Christ redemptive work-he believes solely in himself
Carrie Carter (2 месяца назад)
40 year anniversary of the Jonestown massacre will be this Sunday. My prayers go out to the families and loved ones of this terrible tragedy.
Kenneth (2 месяца назад)
People this weak minded NEEDED to be removed from the gene pool. It was just a mass Darwin award.
Sam Bradley (2 месяца назад)
This is another reason why Socialism (even mixed with spirituality ) doesn't work.
Sam Bradley (2 месяца назад)
"Beware of false prophets "
Sam Bradley (2 месяца назад)
40 years ago!
Sterling Lowery (2 месяца назад)
"Religion is the opium of the people." Karl Marx
bill (2 месяца назад)
Ah yes, social justice
Just Pathetic (2 месяца назад)
Remember kids, don't drink the kool aid.
MynjStynj (2 месяца назад)
Roy Jones Jr.
Warped (2 месяца назад)
This new so-called religion is nothing but a pack of weird rituals and chants designed to take away the money of fools. Now let's say the Lord's Prayer 40 times, but first let's pass the collection plate.
Thomas Pick (2 месяца назад)
What is O’Rouke’s diet? He looks great. He used to be a fatty weatherman. Poor Jim Jones, he told people not to believe the Holy Bible, but listen to him. False teacher, murderer. So sad.
Mr. Smith (2 месяца назад)
Socialism and all bastardized forms of it breed the weak mentalities that empower monsters like this. Almost all cult leaders use socialism in one form, or another to instill control over their subjects. Socialism, attracts weakness and stupidity, manipulating both into tools of slavery. Socialist, like to call it equality, but in reality it’s all equalized slavery. Once the delusions of socialized make believe, are stripped away. It’s all nothing, but equalized enslavement. Stupidity, is the most dangerous weapon in the world that is always underestimated. Stupidity, will always outnumbers sense. Socialism, empowers and weaponizes stupidity. Thats why dictators, cult leaders and certain politicians love it so much. Mass stupidity, holds the keys to great power when one can control it.
DarknessFalls29 (2 месяца назад)
Why is it that communist cowards always shoot themselves instead of facing the public for the atrocities they committed?
*Lasrr* (2 месяца назад)
I won't be happy til my house is......
Scott Duyser (2 месяца назад)
bunch of sheep. follow this guy off a cliff. Okay!!! idiots
Jay Es (2 месяца назад)
why you stay away from religious groups period. If he himself is not Jesus theyre all like this
Syarif Hidayat (2 месяца назад)
Ha-ha-ha..devil inside your people..thats is truth..
Turk McGirt (2 месяца назад)
Jonestown looks like it would have smelled terrible. How bad u think on a scale of 1-10?
Eric Matthews (2 месяца назад)
just like heavens gate. why didn't it work. near the ocean. gone now.
LaDonna Craig (2 месяца назад)
Was murder
Debra Stettler (2 месяца назад)
Joel Osteen is next..hes gonna blow up the temple...
Mike D (2 месяца назад)
Good lord, can't believe I never heard this story until now.
NodyTheConservatist88 (2 месяца назад)
Straight proving Darwin’s theory of Natural Selection.
Patrick Butas (2 месяца назад)
Jim Jones when judgement day comes I'm glad I nothing to do with that
David Ellis (2 месяца назад)
Don't Drink the Kool Aid.
Ryan C (2 месяца назад)
It’s not a mass suicide if most of em didn’t even know they were going to die
Sabrewulf (2 месяца назад)
Jones hadn't got the balls to take the poison ,got some one to shoot him
these nuz (2 месяца назад)
We are all brainwashed. I'm brainwashed to believe that I'm brainwashed... isn't the human brain crazy?
Revolutionary Socialist Media (2 месяца назад)
Jim Jones played on the racism and hatred in U.S society towards black people. This is why the majority of the death were African Americans. His religious collectivism was build on top-down Stalinist methods, with himself as Supreme Leader.
dannyb20 vtec (2 месяца назад)
If your dumb enough to drink it...
IAM ChickenSalad (2 месяца назад)
the religious are the most gullible pathetic people on the planet. When you believe in an imaginary creature in the sky. I dont know how to convince you of facts.
yepesboy3 (2 месяца назад)
It’s crazy how I never heard of this
Great value bleach (2 месяца назад)
1:36 purple koolaid is now aparently fruit punch 😵
Nominal 1989 (2 месяца назад)
I've never heard a men speak like this men before/All the day of my life ever since I been born/ I've never heard a men speak like this man before
Eric Ray (2 месяца назад)
And his son is a real man jim jones jr respect to u

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