Jim Jones and the Jonestown Massacre

Rev. Jim Jones. Courtesy AP.

Forty-one years ago, nearly 1,000 men, women, and children lost their lives — most of them, by their own hands — in a remote village hidden in the jungles of Guyana. Until the terrorist attacks of 9/11, it was the largest loss of American civilians in a single, non-natural event: the mass murder/suicide of the members of Jim Jones’ Peoples Temple in Jonestown, Guyana.