Timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the 1978 Jonestown mass murder-suicide that killed more than 900 Americans, this four-part documentary tells of leader Jim Jones' transformation from charismatic preacher and civil rights advocate into narcissistic demagogue who championed the biggest mass suicide in U.S. history. This story is based on the best-selling book by investigative journalist Jeff Guinn and includes archival footage -- secret FBI and CIA recordings, unreleased photographs, personal letters and previously classified documents -- as well as new interviews with survivors and Jones family members who have not previously spoken on the record.
Jason John Cicalese
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A congressman travels to Jonestown and Temple members plan their escape; Jim Jones orchestrates a mass murder-suicide; survivors try to move on.
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Jim Jones forms the Peoples Temple; when the press exposes a dark side, 900 members move to Jonestown, but it's not the utopia they were promised.
Sadistic preacher Jim Jones forms the Peoples Temple after an unusual childhood; the cult's members are captivated; Jones' lust for power becomes unstoppable.
A heroic congressman travels to Jonestown; Temple members plot their escape; Jim Jones realizes the walls are closing in and plans his final stand.
The world learns about the mass murder-suicide in Jonestown, orchestrated by cult leader Jim Jones; survivors try to piece their lives back together.
The press exposes the dark side of Jim Jones, causing a mass exodus to Jonestown; his followers soon realize it's not the utopia their leader promised.