March 6, 1993 |
The day before a cult siege began in Waco, Tex., a group of Americans coincidentally had ventured into a remote jungle of Guyana to view the overgrown site of another cult tragedy that occurred nearly 15 years ago. The visitors found the going surprisingly easy, however, because a two-lane dirt road had been carved through the rusted and rotted remains of Jonestown, the one-time Peoples Temple commune.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1991
A man who called a news conference Monday in Los Angeles on the 13th anniversary of the Jonestown massacre told reporters that he had falsely claimed to be a survivor of the Guyana tragedy in order to raise "hundreds of thousands of dollars" for the Cult Awareness Network in Chicago. Gary Scarff said that network personnel encouraged him to tell untrue stories about surviving the blood bath that claimed 914 lives in order to finance their cult deprogramming work.
May 18, 1991
Jay Presson Allen may justifiably feel a sense of satisfaction at what writer Kari Granville calls a "perfect fit of substance to form" in Allen's writing of "Tru" (April 22), but she has overlooked a glaring error in logic. In the dialogue Allen writes "with great facility," Truman Capote says he's collected enough drugs to stage his own Jonestown massacre, which occurred in November, 1978. Since the action passes during Christmas week of 1975, how could even the witty Tru have known about it three years in advance?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1988 |
A leading chronicler of religious movements in the United States says that the formation of what many call "cults" has continued unabated in the 1980s--despite the wary atmosphere created since the Jonestown mass murder-suicides 10 years ago this week.
November 18, 1988 |
In 10-year-old photographs, the ground around the Jonestown pavilion is covered with bodies of men, women and children. More than 900 people had received a fatal potion of poison in Jim Jones' grisly ritual of suicide and murder. Today, the infamous spot is covered with a dense mat of green weeds, flanked by a large bougainvillea bush that blooms in a cascade of bright purple. Little remains of the pavilion. Only three of its many support poles still stand to mark the spot.
March 4, 1987 |
Larry Layton was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for his role in conspiring to murder Rep. Leo Ryan in Guyana in 1978. But Layton, saying he wishes he could ease the pain of survivors of the Jonestown massacre, could be freed within five years. U.S. District Judge Robert F. Peckham recommended that parole authorities consider releasing Layton in five years.
January 26, 1987
U.S. District Judge Robert Peckham in San Francisco postponed sentencing of former People's Temple member Larry Layton until March 3, giving Layton's new lawyer time to prepare for the hearing and for a request that Layton get a new trial. Layton was convicted on Dec. 1 of conspiring to murder California congressman Leo Ryan and a foreign service officer in an ambush that led to the Jonestown massacre in November, 1978. Robert R.