How many people died on November 18?

There were 918 people who died in Guyana on November 18. The death toll at Jonestown was 909, with two confirmed gunshot deaths and the balance dying by cyanide poisoning. Five people – including Congressman Leo Ryan, three members of the media who accompanied his party, and one Jonestown defector – who were shot to death at the Port Kaituma airstrip. Finally, four Temple members died at the group’s Georgetown house when a mother herded her children into an upstairs bathroom, slit their throats, and then took her own life with the knife.

The death toll included 304 children and minors under 18.

The list of people who died appears here.

Last modified on March 4th, 2014.
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