Statement of Deborah Layton Blakey

Georgetown, Guyana

I, Deborah Layton Blakey swear that the following statement is true and correct to the best of my ability:

I have decided to leave the People’s Temple Organization because I am afraid that Jim Jones will carry out his threat to force all members of the Organization in Guyana to commit suicide if a decision is made in Guyana by the Court here to have John Stoen returned to his mother. I know that plans have been made to carry out this mass suicide by poison that is presently at Jonestown. I also know that plans are made to kill those members who are unwilling to voluntarily commit suicide. I believe that this plan will be carried out. I also believe that the Organization will physically try to prevent any attempt to remove John Stoen from the custody of the Organization. In part for the above I have decided to leave the Peoples Temple.

Sworn to this 12th day of May 1978


Originally posted on April 12th, 2021.

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