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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 been 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 hundreds of people to willingly take poison? •What would have been the constitutional ramifications of profiling Jim Jones before such an incident? •Could there have been a cursory profile based on newspaper accounts of the People's Temple?

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CRJS375-IP5NameClassDateProfessorJonestown Massacre Jonestown was a cult living in the South American Jungle in a place called Guyana. The group and its members originated from America but led by cult leader Jim Jones they left America in search of Utopia. The cult known as the Peoples Temple was founded by the charismatic leader in 1955 but began as a normal Christian religious community. Over time Jones became more and more fanatical believing he was God's second born son and the profit. He separated from the church and took his followers with him. When family members of cult members began to get concerned about their welfare Jones left with his group in 1977 heading for South Africa in order to build Jonestown. The problems was when cult members arrived at Jonestown they found a wild jungle that was not yet developed and were required long hours in order to develop the land and build huts and a place to hold meetings. The followers at Jonestown were made to work hard, long grueling 14 hour days with armed guards forcing them to work. A few followers escaped the area and made it back to America only to warn of the harsh conditions there family members were being made to suffer. Family members were upset and angered and demanded action by the American government. As a result Senator Leo Ryan and a party of family members, media, and staff travelled to Guyana in order to find out if any of the members of the Peoples Temple were being

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