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Guyana Incident / Jones #51750

ABC Evening News for Monday, Nov 20, 1978
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(Studio) Peoples Temple leader Jim Jones reported to have been cult leader in United States for about 20 years, though almost unknown outside home state of IN and home base of San Francisco.
REPORTER: Max Robinson

(San Francisco, California) Background report on Jones and his cult. Film shown. [JONES - discusses religious group's acceptance of all people, regardless of race or economy position.] Disillusionment of some cultists with Jones' tactics noted. [Church defector Jeanne MILLS - says Jones had ruled with love, but then began to preach that people must be ruled by fear. Gives exs. of his treatment of followers.] Details given about Mendocino Cnty., California, records of real estate deeded to temple and resold by Jones. His establishment of temples in San Francisco and Los Angeles stated; pressures forcing move to Guyana reported Contd. defections mentioned. [Church defector Teresa COBB - discusses Jones' instructions about mass suicide if group threatened.]
REPORTER: Ken Kashiwahara

(Studio) Jones former position as head of San Francisco hsing. authority noted.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Kashiwahara, Ken;
Reynolds, Frank;
Robinson, Max

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