Articles by David Conn

David Conn described himself as an “investigator of the Jim Jones Peoples Temple cult for nine years prior to the Guyana mass murder.” Temple members described him differently, as a Treasury Department agent who worked with apostates Deanna and Elmer Mertle to sabotage Temple humanitarian efforts.

Along with George Klineman and Sherman Butler, Conn co-authored The Cult that Died (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1980). He was also the author of Lednorf’s Dilemma (Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse, 2006); of The Specific Density of Scientists And Their Secret Fears (Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse, 2012); and of The Pleasure of Fiends: An Orthodox Study of Evil and the Meaning of the Jonestown Cultic Horror (Roseville, CA: AlphaGraphics, 2013).

A 2015 interview with Mr. Conn on The Mind Renewed program is here, with notes, references, and acknowledgements here. An earlier 2013 interview on TruNews is here. A 2012 interview on The Josh Tolley Show – a radio talk show – is here.

Mr. Conn’s website is

Mr. Conn died on December 31, 2021 of Parkinson’s disease.

Jonestown After Forty Years (2018)

Jonestown: The Cult That Never Went Away (2014)

The Unseen Meaning of Jonestown  (2012)

Jonestown, Its Portent Has Arrived (2008)

Jonestown: Spawn of the Disciples of Christ (2008)

Excerpt from Lednorf’s Dilemma (2008)