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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Told by a former high-level member of the Peoples Temple and Jonestown survivor, Seductive Poison is the "truly unforgettable" (Kirkus Review) story of how one woman was seduced by one of the most notorious cults in recent memory and how she found her way back to sanity.

From Waco to Heaven's Gate, the past decade has seen its share of cult tragedies. But none has been quite so dramatic or compelling as the Jonestown massacre of 1978, in which the Reverend Jim Jones and 913 of his disciples perished. Deborah Layton had been a member of the Peoples Temple for seven years when she departed for Jonestown, Guyana, the promised land nestled deep in the South American jungle. When she arrived, however, Layton saw that something was seriously wrong. Jones constantly spoke of a revolutionary mass suicide, and Layton knew only too well that he had enough control over the minds of the Jonestown residents to carry it out. But her pleas for help--and her sworn affidavit to the U.S. government--fell on skeptical ears. In this very personal account, Layton opens up the shadowy world of cults and shows how anyone can fall under their spell. Seductive Poison is both an unflinching historical document and a riveting story of intrigue, power, and murder.
 

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In 1978, following orders from their leader, over 900 followers of the Rev. Jim Jones committed suicide in Jonestown, Guyana. They were convinced that their Guyanese enclave, the "People's Temple ... Read full review

Contents

Secrets and Shadows
9
Exiiecl
21
Lost and Found
32
Father Loves Us
70
Exodus to Paradise
119
Guyanane Promisecl Land
138
welcome to Jonestown
147
Dari Dayswhite Nights
173
Escaping Paradise
213
1a Doesnt Anyone Hm Me?
271
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Deborah Layton was born in 1953 and grew up in Berkeley, California. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area, where she is raising her daughter.


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