It’s November 19, 1978, in a remote part of the South American nation of Guyana, and troops entering the settlement of Jonestown are greeted by a haunting scene. Bodies of men, women and children numbering in the high hundreds lie all around, with all having paid the ultimate price for their devotion. Even the religious encampment’s founder, Jim Jones, appears lifeless.
And it would not be long before the Jonestown massacre became public knowledge. A reporter at the site who had escaped from a shooting on November 18 swiftly gave the full details to the San Francisco Examiner, with the newspaper going on to share the shocking news with the rest of the world.