Best Known For
Jim Jones was best known as the cult leader of the Peoples Temple who led more than 900 followers in a mass suicide via cyanide-laced punch known as the Jonestown Massacre.
Think you know about Biography?
Answer questions and see how you rank against other players.Play Now
Jim Jones was a notorious cult leader who was born on May 13, 1931, in Crete (near Lynn), Indiana. As the self-proclaimed messiah of the Peoples Temple religious cult, Jones promised his followers utopia if they followed him. On November 18, 1978, in what became known as the Jonestown Massacre, Jones led over 900 men, women and children to their deaths in a mass suicide via cyanide-laced punch (spawning the metaphor "Don't Drink the Kool-Aid").
Born James Warren Jones in Crete (near Lynn), Indiana, on May 13, 1931, Jim Jones was a notoriously influential Indianapolis preacher who formed the People's Temple in 1955. He moved religious group to California in the late 1960s. After Jones became the subject of criminal investigations, particularly with regard to his alleged diversion of cult members' donations for his personal use, he and about 1,000 followers relocated to Jonestown, Guyana, in 1977.
In November 1978, cult members killed Congressman Leo J. Ryan as he attempted to leave the People's Temple compound after an investigatory visit. The following day, Jones orchestrated the mass suicide of more than 900 followers, who were compelled to drink cyanide-laced punch. Jones died the same day of a bullet wound to the head.
© 2013 A+E Networks. All rights reserved.
profile name: Jim Jones profile occupation:
Sign in with Facebook to see how you and your friends are connected to famous icons.
Your Friends' Connections
Included In These Groups
Combine a charismatic personality with fringe beliefs and an appetite for violence, and you get some of history's most notorious cult leaders. Charles Manson terrorized frightened Americans in the late 1960s, convincing his followers to commit heinous murders in his name. David Koresh led the Branch Davidian cult in Waco, Texas, leading to a standoff with the federal government in 1993 that resulted in the death of Koresh and 75 of his believers. Learn about these leaders, and many more, who inspired hundreds to follow their unconventional philosophies—often with tragic results.
Cult Leaders 9 people in this group
Famous Taureans 518 people in this group
Famous People Named Jim 17 people in this group