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.
The Tragedy of Jonestown, 40 Years Later
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