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Jim Jones

Founder of the Peoples Temple Cult Jim Jones

Full Name: James Warren Jones
Profession: Founder of the Peoples Temple Cult

United States of America

Biography: Religious leader, community organizer, and leader of the Peoples Temple, best known for the mass suicide of 909 of its members in Jonestown, Guyana. Five individuals were murdered at the nearby airstrip, including Congressman Leo Ryan.

Born: May 13, 1931
Birthplace: Randolph County, Indiana, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Taurus

Died: November 18, 1978 (aged 47)
Cause of Death: Suspected suicide

Married Life

  • 1949-06-12 Religious leader Jim Jones (18) weds nurse Marceline Baldwin

Historical Events

  • 1978-11-18 In Jonestown, Guyana, 918 members of the Peoples Temple are murdered or commit suicide under the leadership of cult leader Jim Jones

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