Behind The Research: Jonestown

I first came upon Jonestown before the 35th anniversary. I had heard about Jonestown but hadn’t really looked into it. When I did, and I was horrified. It was unbelievable that such a thing could happen. In researching an essay about it for a project for my history class, I decided to interview two Jonestown survivors, as well as write the history of Jonestown. I was able to get in touch with only one, though. Thom Bogue left with his family in the company of Congressman Leo Ryan on November 18, 1978. Doing research was a bit easier, as I found when I went online and to the public library to find more information about Jonestown. My interviews with Mr. Bogue lasted over the course of two weeks. It was an emotional and also a new experience, as I had never talked to someone who had gone through such a horrific event in history. This is a project I’m happy about and hope you all enjoy the finished product as well. May all the innocent people who died on November 18th 1978 rest in peace.