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Guyana Incident / Power of Cults #255597

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 21, 1978
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(Studio) Repeated reports of Jim Jones' mistreatment and brutality toward commune members in Guyana noted. Guyanese officials' explanation of reasons for government's lack of action on reports detailed, include their presentation of alleged endorsements of Jones from prominent Americans include Vice President Walter Mondale, Mrs. Rosalynn Carter, Department of Health, Education and Welfare Secretary Joseph Califano and several Senators and Representatives
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Mrs. Carter's statements about 1976 presidential campaign meeting with Jones reported; film of meeting shown. [Mrs. CARTER - recalls meeting with Jones.] Thank-you note sent Jones by Mrs. Carter shown. Inability of other political figs. quoted by Jones to find records of those alleged endorsements outlined. Exs. given are Mondale, Califano, Senator Henry Jackson and Representative Phillip Burton.
REPORTER: Bruce Morton

(Studio) Report is on power of cults over followers.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(NYC) Rise of cults from beginnings in 1960's noted. Estimated number of cults and size of mbrships. stated. Films shown. Exs. of cults given are Reverend Moon's Unification Church, Charles Manson and family and Peoples Temple. Cults said to be based on beliefs from those political to those religious. Film of Jones, made several years ago, shown. [JONES - describes growth of his group.] Experts' statement that common denominator in these groups is charismatic leader outlined. [Cult expert Dr. Stanley CATH - discusses reasons for mass suicide.] Cath's other comments about near impossibility of members leaving cult stated. [Grace STOEN - says cult method is brainwashing. Describes experience.] [Chris EDWARDS - says some cults use regression, reducing members to infantile status.] Photos of death scene in Guyana shown. Experts' suggestions that isolation of jungle in Guyana was partially responsible for Peoples Temple deaths detailed.
REPORTER: Charles Crawford

Reporter(s):
Crawford, Charles;
Cronkite, Walter;
Morton, Bruce
Duration:
00:04:40

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