Speakers Bureau

(Editor’s note: Some of the addresses below are old and out-of date. For the most current listing of speakers, click here.)

The following individuals have agreed to speak with researchers, scholars, and members of the media about their experiences in Peoples Temple.

Don Beck, a member of Peoples Temple living in Redwood Valley in November 1978, was part of group making original trip to Guyana, and for summers of 1974 and 1976 as Jonestown was being built. His email address is donbeck@cox.net. Several articles by Mr. Beck appear on this website.

Mike Cartmell‘s family joined Peoples Temple in Indianapolis in 1959, and he was a member for 17 years until he left in February 1977. His mother, step-father, sister and adopted brother died in Jonestown. Several articles by Mr. Cartmell appear on this website. He may be reached at Beemermcart@aol.com.

Jim Jones, Jr., adopted African American son of the Rev. Jim Jones, grew up in Peoples Temple and lived in Jonestown, but was in Georgetown on 18 November: james_warren_jones@hotmail.com.

Laurie Efrein Kahalas, a long-time Temple member and author of Snake Dance, created the website www. jonestown. com which now appears on this site here. She can be reached through dan_laurie44@comcast.net. Several articles by Ms. Kahalas appear on this website.

Laura (Johnston) Kohl lived in Jonestown but was in Georgetown on 18 November: ljohnstonkohl@gmail.com. Several articles by Ms. Kohl appear on this website.

Bryan and Kristine (Johnston Tarver) Kravitz, long-time Temple members, were living in San Francisco in 1978: kbbsherdt@yahoo.com; phone 650-357-8944.

Deborah Layton, former member who left Jonestown and encouraged Rep. Leo Ryan to investigate the community, is the author of Seductive Poison: www.seductivepoison.com; www.peoplestemple.com; www.deborahlayton.com; or www.laytonpr.com. Email at djlayton1@yahoo.com.

Pat Ryan is the daughter of the late Congressman Leo J. Ryan, who was murdered while assisting Peoples Temple defectors to leave Jonestown on November 18, 1978. She currently serves as Executive Director of the California Mental Health Directors Association (CMHDA), a statewide association representing county mental health departments and services. Her e-mail address is pryan@cmhda.org.

Mike Touchette was among the original pioneers who built Jonestown. He and his wife were in Georgetown on November 18, but several family members died in Jonestown: MichTouc@aol.com.

Vera (Ingram) Washington was a member of Peoples Temple for several years but left in 1973 because of conflicts she had with the leadership of the group: verabw@yahoo.com.

Leslie Wagner Wilson (Cathey) was a child of Peoples Temple. Having been raised in the Redwood Valley Church from the age of 13 until 19, Leslie has a bird’s eye view of what life was like in the church for an adolescent, how the ideal of socialism was instilled and the sacrifice so many of the young people made during their Junior High School and High School years because they felt as if they were building a better place in the world. Leslie left Jonestown with several others early on the morning of November 18, but lost her immediate family on that fateful day: leslie.monique@yahoo.com .

David Parker Wise was a Pastor of the Los Angeles branch of Peoples Temple, and is writing the book Jonestown Legacy. His email address is hopetek@gmail.com. Several articles by Mr. Wise appear on this website. Mr. Wise also managed the Jonestown Legacy website.

The following scholars have agreed to talk with researchers, scholars, and members of the media concerning their research into Peoples Temple and Jonestown.

John R. Hall author of Gone from the Promised Land, is at the Department of Sociology at University of California – Davis. His e-mail is jrhall@ucdavis.edu. Dr. Hall has contributed numerous articles to this site.

Massimo Introvigne, CESNUR – Center for Studies on New Religions, Via Juvarra 20, Torino, Italy 10122; telephone 39-011-541905; e-mail mintrovigne@virgilio.it.

Rebecca Moore, Professor Emerita, Department of Religious Studies, San Diego State University; 485 Friday Avenue, Friday Harbor, WA 98250; telephone 360-317-1313; e-mail remoore@sdsu.edu.

Catherine Wessinger, Department of Religious Studies, Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70118; telephone 504/865-3182; e-mail wessing@loyno.edu. Dr. Wessinger has contributed numerous articles to this site.

Originally posted on July 25th, 2013.

Last modified on May 12th, 2020.
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