Reflections and Articles by Leslie Wagner-Wilson

Leslie Wagner-Wilson was a child of Peoples Temple living in Redwood Valley from age 13. She lived in Jonestown until escaping with her three year old son and several others the morning of November 18th. Her husband, mother, sister, brother, niece and nephew died in Jonestown. She is the author of Slavery of Faith, available through her website, and is a founding member of, a website devoted to giving voice to the experiences and social history of African American Peoples Temple and Jonestown members, victims and survivors. She can be reached via

Leslie has also been interviews on numerous television programs, including two in late 2013: on WSB-TV, Atlanta’s Cox affiliate, in 2013 on the 35th anniversary of the Jonestown deaths, and a shorter interview two weeks later on MSNBC’s The Grio. Also on the 35th anniversary of the deaths, Leslie wrote an apology to the Guyanese people which appeared in the Georgetown newspaper, The Stabroeck News. More recently, Leslie was interviewed in November 2016 for The Huffington Post by author/filmmaker Sikivu Hutchinson.

The Death of a Warrior Queen (2015)

FLIGHT (Finding Light in God’s Higher Truth) Prison Outreach Takes Off (2012)

Suffering in Silence (2012)

Wayne Pietila – Giving Us Fond Memories (2012)

Address at May 29, 2011 Jonestown Memorial Dedication Service (2011)

In the Game of Life, Faith Wins (2011)

Eternally Grateful: A Year After Slavery of Faith (2010)

He’s Able: They Live On (2010)

A Continual Journey of Faith (2008)

Slavery of Faith: Prologue and Chapter 1 (2008)