CRJS375 IP5 Jonestown

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In November of 1978, 913 people out of 1,100 people committed suicide in Guyana in a settlement called Jonestown. This settlement was ruled by a person named Jim Jones. He held psychological control over the inhabitants. If Jim Jones had bee profiled before Senator Leo Ryan and members of his party were killed, would there have been such an incident? Discuss the following in your response: Would there have been a mass suicide? What would cause hundrends of people to willingly take poison? What would have been the constitutional ramifications of profiling Jim Jones before such an inciden? Could there have been a cursory profile based on newspaper accounts of the People’s Temple? 3-5 pages with 5 references

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Jonestown MassacreNameCRJS375DateProfessorJonestown MassacreAbstractThe Jonestown massacre involved a cult led by Jim Jones that made their home in the South American jungle. Jones founded the People Temple in 1955 and moved his congregation from Indianapolis to California. After the move the congregation of the Peoples Temple started to gain a large membership and Jones began to inflict his left wing ideals onto his members. When Jones came under scrutiny by the IRS he moved his congregation to an isolated community in Guyana. Jones and his followers relocated to South America in 1977 to the newly named town, Jonestown and a year later over 900 members and Jones were dead form a mass suicide. Jonestown Massacre Jonestown was located on a tract of land purchased by the People's Temple had purchased and developed by members that left for Guyana earlier. As the group established their new home the behavior Jones became more and more erratic and began to have greater psychological control over his members. The members of Jones congregation were told they would be moving to utopia where they could create their own more natural world. When the members arrived in 1977 they did not arrive to the utopia promised but instead to a site under construction and just a few cabins were built. The members were forced to live in overcrowded cabins in oppressive heat. Many members became ill because they were forced by Jones and his guards to wo

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