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.