The last few months of Jonestown was a period of escalating collapse, according to several people who survived the period. The reasons were readily apparent – Jim Jones’ illnesses, both physically and mentally; the increasing paranoia of its leadership group, undoubtedly fueled by Jones’ deterioration; the increase in security and harsher punishments for petty infractions; the constant demands for more productivity from an overworked labor force; the distractions and diversions from the work that needed to be done created by the outside pressures upon the group and the leadership’s response to them – and the results were just as obvious. There was a deepening sense of despair and exhaustion that drained the energy of the community’s residents.
- Instructions for October 1978
- Carolyn Layton’s Analysis of Future Prospects
- Possible Resettlement Locations in USSR
- Petition to Move to USSR
- Richard Tropp’s Dramatic Reading
- Annie Moore’s Letter to “Dad,” Fall 1978
- Annie Moore’s Letter of October 25, 1978