If a god told you to jump off a cliff would you do it?......er No, but i'll drink some Cyanide.Yeah, that'll show 'em!
Drugged up bible thumping commie, Reverend James W. Jones ,less than subtly suggested everyone kill themselves to 'step over from this world' to achieve peace. The silence at the end of part two of this casssette recording of the suicide event,seems to suggest that peace was indeed found, but only after all the screaming children had succumbed to the crude death potion the leaders had prepared for the, mostly, willing victims.
The most amusing aspect of all this,if you can find an amusing aspect,which I believe can be found in any situation;is that this alternative lifestyle,or alternative to life,was funded by welfare checks.So much so that they managed to leave around seven million dollars to the USSR in their collective wills;including half a million in cash in a suitcase that was supposed to be delivered to the Soviet Embassy in Georgetown.The suitcase courier was one of the lucky ones as he survived to tell the tale,incredibly after dumping the suitcase.....were these people dumb or what?
One assumes that the People's Church Choir were among the screaming victims as they convulsed before death in great pain.So we can see this tape as their farewell recording,or second album.
I've added a bonus track from one of the few survivors Laurie Kahalas,who 'channeled' this painfully weird poem in 1974,predicting,so she reckons, this future event within its cryptic structure. It also demonstrates why these people found it hard to fit in.
1. Rev. Jim Jones Speech
2. Death tape Part 1
3. Death Tape Part 2
4. Allegory (bonus Track- Laurie Efrein Kahalas 1974)
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