What’s New?

This page lists articles, tapes, documents and resources which have been added to this website within the past 15 months. Previous pages with substantive revisions are listed in italics. (Note: This does not include entries from the jonestown report, an annual publication featuring articles, remembrances, personal reflections, and artistic interpretations of Peoples Temple.)

Website News

Peoples Temple in the News

Personal Reflections

What in the World Happened at Jonestown, Guyana on November 18, 1978?, by Laurie Efrein Kahalas, CovertAction Magazine (July 2023)

The Military Assignment That Turned Historic, by Paul Storm (April 2023)

Jonestown Research

Jonestown in the Arts

Six Unique Books, by Jolene McDonald (January 2023)

Shedding Light on Jonestown: The Forensic Photos, by Jolene McDonald (April 2023)

Jonestown: The Forensic Photos: A review, by Jason Schwechter (February 2023)

Szürke Zóna Podcast (“Grey Area Podcast”) presents “A jonestowni tömeges szektaöngyilkosság” (“The Jonestown mass cult-suicide”) A Hungarian (Magyarországról) Podcast (2022)
Part 1
Part 2


Donald Trump : a political cult leader?, by Célia Vamiller (July 2023)

Translations of Q 042 (The Death Tape), prepared by Russell Urbaine (January 2023)

Suicide for socialism?, by Maurice Brinton (1979; republished January 2023)

The Hidden Role of Malignant Narcissists in History, by Bazil Cunningham (April 2023)

Making Sense of the Nonsensical: An Analysis of Jonestown, by Neal Osherow (December 2022 [originally published 2003])

People’s Temple and Jonestown: A Corrective Comparison and Critique, James T. Richardson (January 2023 [originally published 1979])

“Verbal Orders Don’t Go—Write It!”: Building and Maintaining the Promised Land, by Heather Shearer (2018; republished January 2023)

Articles and Podcasts by Shannon Howard (August 2022)

News From the Archives

The Jim Jones Archive: An Introduction, by Jolene McDonald (June 2023)

Obituaries 2023

Lowell Streiker: A Voice of Responsibility, by Rebecca Moore (July 2023)

Commentary and Opinion

Beyond Lynetta, by Jolene McDonald (March 2023)

Two Commentaries by David Ballard

Meet the New Boss (January 2023)
One Must Consider Context (January 2023)

You Meet the Strangest People…, by Gregory Curtis (November 2022)

Frequently Asked Questions

Primary Sources

The Freedom of Information Act and Jonestown


1977 Phone Call between Jim Jones and Housing Commissioner Tony Ubalde, C-7-h-12a – h-12h (March 2023)

Q 133 Jones autobiography (June 2023)

Q 283 News and commentary (August 19, 1978) (June 2023)

Q 378 News and commentary (July 17, 1978) (June 2023)

Q 385 News and commentary (early May 1978) (June 2023)

Q 409 Jonestown Express performance, 1978 (December 2022)

Q 421 Jonestown Express performance, 1978 (December 2022)

Q 435 Jones reads news (Aug 26, 1978) (December 2022)

Q 574 Conversations with children in Jonestown (June 2023)

Q 585 Telephone calls, Spring 1977 (December 2022)

Q 758 Ukiah television station interview with Jones (June 2023)

Q 769 Temple member acknowledges free-will gift (June 2023)

Q 770 Charles Garry interview; M. Jones phone calls (June 2023)

Q 785 Dub of He’s Able (December 2022)

Q 794 Jones in press conference on Eldrige Cleaver, 6/76 (December 2022)

Q 894 Relatives speak to JT residents on HAM radio (December 2022)

Q 938 Jonestown meeting, Christmas 1977 (December 2022)

Q 947-1 Jonestown meeting, 12/11/77, after death of Lynetta Jones (June 2023)

Q 948 Jonestown meeting, Christmas 1977 (December 2022)

Q 950 Redwood Valley sermon (May 1972) (December 2022)

Q 1058-4 Indianapolis sermon (June 2023)