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Jonestown Massacre


#1

I watched a doco on this last night and this was some scary shit. Almost 1000 people commit suicide as well as reporters getting murdered etc. Unbelievable that this could happen.


#2

Why is it unbelievable?

Even a cursory glance at history will show that most people are morons looking for a leader.

When that leader turns out to be a psychopath...it's Kool-Aid time.


#3

A little ditty my rugby team used to sing:

Jonestown

Sung to the tune of "Downtown."

When your down and your broke, and your religion's a joke
Why don't you go and see
Jim Jones
When your life's incomplete, there's only one man to meet
Why don't you go and see
Jim Jones

Refrain

Watch him mix the Kool Aid in the vat so lethal
Listen to the anguished cries of all the dying people
Everyone dies.

The rev's the most gracious host
So, lift up your glasses, the ultimate toast
(So, lift up you glasses, the durge of the masses)
Your in Jonestown
Drink with the reverend Jim
Jonestown
Chances are mighty slim
Jonestown
People are dropping like flies.

Congressman Ryan, on a mission of spyin'
Would not drink with
Jim Jones
Such a public disgrace, they had to blow off his face
'Cause he would not drink with
Jim Jones

Refrain

First you cough and you wheeze, then you drop to your kness
From drinking Cool aid with
Jim Jones
You arrive back in the States, decomposed in your crates
From drinking Cool aid with
Jim Jones

Refrain

Jonestown, Jonestown (repeat in diminuendo)


#4

I was 14 - 15 when this tragedy was playing out on the news. Jones was a damn nut job. And so was everyone that drank the kool-aid.

The sad part was that folks that realized the nuttery only when faced with their own mortality, as well as children were force fed the stuff.


#5

If I remember correctly, those who refused to drink the kool-aid had it forced down their throats. More of a mass suicide/murder.