Peoples Temple and Carolyn Pickering

Peoples Temple had gadflies other than Lester Kinsolving. Carolyn Pickering, a reporter for The Indianapolis Star, had written several critical articles about the then-local church during the 1960s, and – apparently – her interest in the Temple did not end with the group’s departure for California.

The context for the Temple’s lengthy defense against Carolyn Pickering is unknown. The document does not mention her name until nearly halfway, focusing instead in the beginning on the positive work the church has done over the years. Once it starts analyzing “the several articles that Carolyn Pickering wrote,” however, it becomes quite detailed in its rebuttal.

The dates of the Pickering articles are unknown as well, as is the date of this defense. The reference to 1972 – and the invocation of Kinsolving’s name – suggest that it is contemporary to the Temple’s response to the more well-known exposé.

Peoples Temple and Carolyn Pickering, RYMUR 89-4286-HH-6-A, pp. 24-37
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