Never-Before-Seen Historical Shots of the Jonestown Massacre
An exclusive historical tour revisiting the biggest single mass suicide in modern history.
This photo collection originally appeared in Behind the Tape Photobook.
The Photobook features 19 more unseen GRAPHIC photos of the true horror investigators faced on the day of the shocking discovery, as well as over a hundred more crime scenes.
WARNING: THE PHOTOBOOK ISN’T FOR THE FAINT OF HEART!
Dead bodies lie around the compound of the People’s Temple cult on November 18, 1978. (Photo by David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images)
Hundreds of bodies are strewn around the Jonestown Commune in Jonestown, Guyana, where more than 900 members of the People’s Temple committed suicide in November 1978. The Rev. Jim Jones urged his disciples to drink cyanide-laced grape punch. Jones was among those who died. (AP Photo/File)
Dead bodies lie around the compound of the People’s Temple cult November 18, 1978 after the over 900 members of the cult, led by Reverend Jim Jones, died from drinking cyanide-laced Kool Aid; they were victims of the largest mass suicide in modern history. (Photo by David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images)
Investigators examine the compound of the People’s Temple cult November 18, 1978 in Jonestown, Guyana after over 900 members of the cult, led by Reverend Jim Jones, died from drinking cyanide-laced Kool Aid; they were victims of the largest mass suicide in modern history. (Photo by David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images)
The Reverend Jim Jones’ bloated body lies on the ground after it was hastily sewn together after his autopsy by officials on November 18, 1978 in Jonestown, Guyana.
People lie on the ground dead from being forced to commit suicide. Over 900 people died by the direction of Rev. Jim Jones. (Photo by Frank Johnston/The Washington Post/Getty Images)
Two macaws perch on a fence in Jonestown, after over 900 members of the People’s Temple Cult committed mass suicide in 1978.
Inside the People’s Temple in Jonestown, Guyana. The bodies of followers that drank the cyanide-laced drink are strewn around the commune. More than 900 Americans died in a murder and suicide ritual at the Peoples Temple agricultural mission in the jungle of Guyana. (Photo by The Washington Post/Getty Images)
Bodies of People’s Temple mass suicide cult victims led by Jim Jone’s in Jonestown, Guyana, 1978. (AP Photo)
A member of the US Army sprays disinfectant over the bodies of Jonestown victims before placing them into plastic body bags for removal to Georgetown.
US military personnel remove bags containing bodies of members of the Jim Jones’ sect “Temple of people”, 23 November 1978, after they arrived from Jonestown, the community’s cultural center, where Jim Jones had established the Peoples Temple. More than 900 people died, 18 November 1978, in the largest mass suicide in American history. (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. military personnel place bodies in coffins at Georgetown airport.
An unidentified man a strap onto a stack of aluminum coffins for shipment to the United States, following the more than 900 deaths in the mass suicide staged in Jonestown by members of the People’s Temple and their leader, the Reverend Jim Jones, Georgetown, Guyana, November 23, 1978. A group of photographers and police officers stand in the background. (Photo by New York Times Co./Neal Boenzi/Getty Images)
Men load coffins into a moving truck for transport in Dover, Delaware, April 26, 1979. The coffins all arrived from Jonestown, Guyana, where the Reverend Jim Jones led more than 900 of his followers, the People’s Temple, in a mass suicide. (Photo by New York Times Co./Keith Meyers/Getty Images)