Jonestown on the Web

The following are websites which have news, information and government documents about Peoples Temple and Jonestown.

“Alternative Considerations of Jonestown and Peoples Temple” has moved from the University of North Dakota to a new URL. Appearing on the site are completely revised lists of those who died and those who survived Jonestown. The newest additions to the site, which may be downloaded for use by scholars and students, will be transcripts and summaries of audiotapes which the FBI recovered from Jonestown. The new website address is http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/. It is managed by Rebecca Moore and Fielding M. McGehee III, the editors of this report.

Primary source documents from the U.S. State Department are available through “The Jonestown, Guyana Tragedy” located here. The site was managed by Brian Csuk, and was archived through web.archive.org.

Jonestown.com “serves the dual purpose of education and exposé of one of the most covered-up and lied about events in modern history.” It is managed by Laurie Efrein Kahalas, a former member of Peoples Temple, whose book, Snake Dance: Unraveling the Mysteries of Jonestown, is described in the Book notes section of this report. [This site has since migrated to the Alternative Considerations site for archival purposes; its URL is http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/Jonestown_com/home.htm.]

A historical re-enactment of the last hours of Peoples Temple, along with “living history displays” depicting daily life in Jonestown is described at http://www.jonestownreenactment.org. [Ed. note: This site is no longer active.]

The FBI has over 360 pages of internal investigative reports [recently discovered to include only 287 pages] online at http://vault.fbi.gov/jonestown. The material released thus far comprises interviews with survivors of the attack at the Port Kaituma Airstrip on 18 November 1978. An immediate problem is apparent: direct access to the files is great, but who’s going to file appeals on the exemptions to redacted materials? Further, who will have standing to challenge these exemptions in court? (Note: the files are in PDF format and require Acrobat Reader to access.)

The Guyana Tribute Foundation sponsors the Jonestown Memorial Project and the yearly memorial service: http://www.jones-town.org. It is managed by Jynona Norwood.

Last modified on March 17th, 2014.
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