The editors of the jonestown report have learned of the 1985 death of Joe Mazor, a private detective whom members of the Concerned Relatives hired to try to persuade people to leave Jonestown. Mazor’s eventual role was unclear: Jim Jones first denounced him as a spy and a kidnaper, then shouted his triumph when Mazor reportedly switched sides; Mazor said he worked as an impartial liaison between Jonestown and everyone on the outside, including the press.

Mazor was shot to death by his wife in November 1985.

A listing of obituaries for other people with substantial knowledge of Peoples Temple and Jonestown who have died since 18 November 1978 is available here.

Originally posted on July 25th, 2013.

Last modified on March 16th, 2014.
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