Forty years ago this week, more than 900 people died at Jonestown, a settlement in Guyana created by the Peoples Temple church. Until 9/11, it was the largest loss of U.S. civilian life in a deliberate act. Victims, many from the Bay Area, were drawn to Jonestown by leader Jim Jones and his promise of a utopian society with racial and gender equality . Forum talks about the Jonestown tragedy, new information about the event from FBI records and the profound impact the mass death had on the Bay Area.
Julia Scheeres, journalist; author, "A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Jonestown"
Deborah Layton, author, "Seductive Poison," a memoir of her experience as a member of Peoples Temple
Yulanda Williams, San Francisco police officer; was at Jonestown in 1977
Thom Bogue, Jonestown survivor; mayor, Dixon