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December 20, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Tim Stoen, once legal advisor to Jim Jones, who presided over the Jonestown mass suicide in Guyana, is to be Humboldt County assistant district attorney. Dist. Atty.-elect Paul Gallegos said Stoen, a prosecutor in Mendocino County, is his choice. Stoen, 64, was Jones' legal advisor in the late 1970s when Jones' Peoples Temple was in San Francisco. Stoen's 6-year-old son was one of more than 900 people who died in the 1978 mass suicide.
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August 27, 2013 | Gary Klein
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NEWS
April 23, 1993 | TIM REITERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Do you want me to pull back the heavens and show you my anger?" --David Koresh under siege "I don't mind losing my life. What about you? . . . I'd just as soon bring it to a gallant, glorious screaming end." --Jim Jones to his followers This time it was fire. Last time it was a cyanide potion. Though separated by nearly 15 years and thousands of miles, Jonestown, Guyana, and Waco, Tex.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2011 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
A Thousand Lives The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown Julia Scheeres Free Press: 320 pp., $26 Before Julia Scheeres came along, Thom Bogue had not talked publicly about Jonestown. But when he realized that, like him, she had also been a troubled teen sent to a tropical religious camp - which she chronicled in the bestselling memoir "Jesus Land" - he decided to share his experiences. At 15, Tommy was sent from California to Guyana, where he lived for two years under the increasingly bizarre control of the Rev. Jim Jones.
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June 5, 1988 | John Dart, Times religion writer Dart is the author of "The Jesus of Heresy and History" to be published late this year by Harper.
On Nov. 18, 1978, at a jungle commune in Guyana called Jonestown, 914 men, women and children died in a mass murder-suicide. Their leader was the Rev. Jim Jones, who had moved most of his Peoples Temple members from California the year before. The deaths occurred shortly after Jones ordered the ambush of a congressman and news reporters about to leave Guyana with 14 dissatisfied members. News of the act stunned the world for weeks.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2005 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
A black rag doll. A burgundy choir robe. A bulletproof vest. Denice Stephenson carefully lifts a few of the remnants of Jonestown from their storage boxes. Much of the detritus of that ill-fated, would-be utopia is kept here, in a vault at the headquarters of the California Historical Society. A volunteer archivist, Stephenson places several of the hundreds of handwritten letters and photos on a long table.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 1989
How insulting. Calendar lets Jay McKee use its letters page (Aug. 27) to teach that the Bible is ambiguous and that Jim Jones and Hitler were Christians--all untrue. Could Calendar please exercise a little editorial judgment and stick to the performing arts? HILARY CLAY HICKS Pasadena
NEWS
March 21, 1985
The chairman of the House Budget Committee, Rep. William H. Gray III (D-Pa.), bluntly ruled out tax increases of any kind as part of the 1986 budget, dismissing a plan offered by his predecessor for an oil-import fee. "It's not an option," he said of the plan proposed by Rep. Jim Jones (D-Okla.), who testified before the panel. "We're going to do it with spending cuts."
ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 1989
The convoluted non-thinking of Kris Parker and Steve Hochman is amazing. Hochman's idea is that Parker's lyrics send "a powerful black pride message." Those lyrics are based on Parker's nonsensical notion that the Bible supports him. Hell, the Bible supports anything; it all depends on the interpreter. Remember, Hitler was a Christian, and so was Jim Jones. JAY McKEE Toluca Lake
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 1989
While I was raised a Christian and would probably not personally have an abortion, I am opposed to the tactics of the anti-abortionists. I believe that if I were to have an abortion, only I should have the right to make that choice--not the church, not another human being, and certainly not the government. I urge all intelligent people to join us in preventing the Jim Jones' wannabe, Randy Terry, from dictating what we can and can't do with our bodies. Simply because a person says God told him to do something, does not make it so. Just like Jim Jones, Charles Manson, and numerous psychotics, Terry is determined to kill innocent people by tolerating bombings of abortion clinics in the name of pro-life.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 11, 2006
Turning the spotlight on musicians making a commercial breakthrough. * -- CASEY DOLAN * "Hustler's P.O.M.E. (Product of My Environment)" Jim Jones Koch Artist info: Jones provides a state of the union report on East Coast gangsta rap. Nicknamed "Capo," Jones is part of the hard-core center with a rap that is direct, aggressive, raw and not overly produced.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 27, 2006 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
Why did they do it? In the nearly 30 years since more than 900 people died in what's been called the largest mass suicide-murder in history, the question of why so many otherwise seemingly rational human beings could be persuaded to drink cyanide-laced Kool-Aid in the jungles of Guyana has been one of the most haunting of our time. The riveting documentary "Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple" comes as close as we are going to get to answering that question.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2005 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
A black rag doll. A burgundy choir robe. A bulletproof vest. Denice Stephenson carefully lifts a few of the remnants of Jonestown from their storage boxes. Much of the detritus of that ill-fated, would-be utopia is kept here, in a vault at the headquarters of the California Historical Society. A volunteer archivist, Stephenson places several of the hundreds of handwritten letters and photos on a long table.
OPINION
August 21, 2004
Re "Holy Terror," Opinion, Aug. 15: I've been waiting and hoping for someone to put it right out there: The world's greatest enemy today (or ever, for that matter) is religion. Our greatest enemy is the person or the people or the nation whose actions are driven solely by beliefs instead of facts, by blind faith instead of informed knowledge. Our seeming willingness to base our entire existence upon divine revelations that may or may not have been passed on to one, single, handpicked human -- Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, Joseph Smith, Jim Jones, David Koresh, doesn't matter -- is a lunatic abrogation not only of our (some would say God-given)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Tim Stoen, once legal advisor to Jim Jones, who presided over the Jonestown mass suicide in Guyana, is to be Humboldt County assistant district attorney. Dist. Atty.-elect Paul Gallegos said Stoen, a prosecutor in Mendocino County, is his choice. Stoen, 64, was Jones' legal advisor in the late 1970s when Jones' Peoples Temple was in San Francisco. Stoen's 6-year-old son was one of more than 900 people who died in the 1978 mass suicide.
NEWS
April 23, 1993 | TIM REITERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Do you want me to pull back the heavens and show you my anger?" --David Koresh under siege "I don't mind losing my life. What about you? . . . I'd just as soon bring it to a gallant, glorious screaming end." --Jim Jones to his followers This time it was fire. Last time it was a cyanide potion. Though separated by nearly 15 years and thousands of miles, Jonestown, Guyana, and Waco, Tex.
MAGAZINE
June 28, 1992
Siegel places a wide range of faiths under the title fundamentalist and then associates these faiths with the most extreme reactions in Rupert. If this smug journalist had taken a little time away from his prejudices, he would not have presented all Christians as simple-minded, devil-phobic folk. Another aspect Siegel seems to conveniently neglect is that there have been documented cases of cult-associated atrocities, including the Charles Manson murders and the Jim Jones tragedy.
MAGAZINE
June 28, 1992
Siegel places a wide range of faiths under the title fundamentalist and then associates these faiths with the most extreme reactions in Rupert. If this smug journalist had taken a little time away from his prejudices, he would not have presented all Christians as simple-minded, devil-phobic folk. Another aspect Siegel seems to conveniently neglect is that there have been documented cases of cult-associated atrocities, including the Charles Manson murders and the Jim Jones tragedy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 1991 | RONALD L. SOBLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl F. Gates to rank-and-file officers, there was virtually unanimous agreement Wednesday that former Valley Bureau Cmdr. Jim Jones--transferred downtown after only six weeks on the job--should not be made the scapegoat for the videotaped beating of Rodney G. King. As for Jones, he said Wednesday that he "didn't like" the inferences in the media that he was being punished for the March 3 clubbing of King.
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