Seductive Poison: A Jonestown Survivor's Story of Life and Death in the People's Temple

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Aug 18, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages
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In this haunting and riveting firsthand account, a survivor of Jim Jones's Peoples Temple opens up the shadowy world of cults and shows how anyone can fall under their spell.

A high-level member of Jim Jones's Peoples Temple for seven years, Deborah Layton escaped his infamous commune in the Guyanese jungle, leaving behind her mother, her older brother, and many friends. She returned to the United States with warnings of impending disaster, but her pleas for help fell on skeptical ears, and shortly thereafter, in November 1978, the Jonestown massacre shocked the world. Seductive Poison is both an unflinching historical document and a suspenseful story of intrigue, power, and murder.
 

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User Review  - debherter - LibraryThing

This is an excellent and very intense memoir from an insider in the Peoples Temple who was lucky to escape the cult's encampment in Jonestown before their leader, the 'Reverend' Jim Jones led the 1000 people there to commit mass suicide. Read full review

SEDUCTIVE POISON: A Jonestown Survivor's Story of Life and Death in the Peoples Temple

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A chilling account of one woman's seven years in the Peoples Temple, culminating in the mass suicide just months after she escaped from the dystopian community of Jonestown. Layton was attracted to ... Read full review

Contents

Exiled
21
Lost and Found
32
Indoctrination
50
Father Loves Us
70
Resurrection
81
Bad Press
96
GuyanaThe Promised Land 138
38
Welcome to Jonestown 147
47
Dark DaysWhite Nights 173
73
Sickly Ascension 190
106
Forsaking Mama 198
114
Escaping Paradise 213
13
Doesnt Anyone Hear Me? 271
71
Hope Extinguished November 18 1978 290
90
Epilogue 299
99
Acknowledgments 306
106

Hints of Madness 154
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Deborah Layton was born in Tooele, Utah, in 1953. She grew up in Berkeley, California, and attended high school in Yorkshire, England. After her escape from Jonestown, Guyana, in May 1978, she worked on the trading floor of an investment banking firm in San Francisco. She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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