Jim Jones Biography

James Warren "Jim" Jones was an American sect leader and community organizer. Jones was the founder and the leader of the Peoples Temple, best known for the mass suicide in November 1978 of 913 of its members in Jonestown, Guyana, and the murder of five individuals at a nearby airstrip, including Congressman Leo Ryan. Over 300 children were murdered at Jonestown, almost all of them by cyanide poisoning. Jones died from a gunshot wound to the head; it is suspected his death was a suicide.

Jones was born in Indiana and started the Temple there in the 1950s. He later moved the Temple to California in the mid-1960s, and gained notoriety with the move of the Temple's headquarters to San Francisco in the early 1970s. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Jim Jones
Full Name:
James Warren Jones
Nationality:
United States of America
Ethnicity:
African American
Religion:
Atheism, Pentecostalism
Date of Birth:
May 13, 1931
Astrological Sign:
Taurus
Date of Death:
November 18, 1978
Age at Death:
47
Cause of Death:
Firearm, Suicide
Marriages
Jim Jones Timeline
  • 1978-11-18
    In Jonestown Guyana 918 members of Peoples Temple are murdered/commit suicide under leadership of cult leader Jim Jones
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