KATSARIS, Maria S.

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Last Name
 
KATSARIS
Given Names
 
Maria S.
AKA's
 
Better known as
 
Date of Birth
 
6/9/1953
Age at Death
 
25
Place of Birth
 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Race
 
Caucasian
Gender
 
Female
Religion
 
Family Tree
 
Birth Mother
 
Birth Father
 
Siblings
 
Partner
 
Children
 
Non-Temple Relatives
 
Body Identification Number
 
Burial Location
 
Source of Death Information
 
House Foreign Affairs Committee report; FBI document 89-4286-1302 (prepared 12/78)
Entry into Guyana
 
6/17/1977
Residence (US)
 
Redwood Valley, California 95470
Residence (JT)
 
Radio
Occupation outside __Peoples Temple
 
pilot (PT occupation record)
Occupation inside __Peoples Temple
 
Occupation at __Jonestown
 
Planning Commission; Finances; Radio room (FBI document 89-4286-1207); Banking (Jonestown photo, 7/12/1978)
Government Income
 
Discrepancies
 
Remembrances
 
“One of Jones' closest inner circle, Maria was the one who suggested mixing grape Kool-Aid with the cyanide to make it less bitter tasting. One of Jones' mistresses, she committed suicide in Jones' cabin, rather than around the pavillion with most others. I was glad to finally see her face and even hear her voice on short wave radio. I can't describe the feeling: happy and sad, and sorry that she died so young at 25. I was 16 when the tragedy happened, learning of it in a hospital bed when my mother came to visit and gave me that edition of "Time" Magazine with the words "Cult of Death" on the cover, which also showed bodies and the vat of Kool-Aid, close up. This whole event stuck in my mind and was recently re-ignited when I discovered it all again on the internet, where before it was only available in print or on television. Now I have a new way of studying it all over again; it has become a "hobby?" Or an obsession with me. I will never lose interest in this.” - Barry Odette