How Deborah Layton Escaped the 1978 Jonestown Massacre

II was news that stunned the entire world, this week in 1978.

Inspired by a charismatic leader named Jim Jones, more than 900 people, including over 300 children, had committed suicide at he People’s Temple compound in Jonestown Guyana.

Many had died after drinking a soft drink laced with cyanide.
It popularized the phrase “drinking the Kool-Aid” to mean blindly following a dangerous leader or way of thinking.

One lucky young woman, Deborah Layton, was able to escape Jonestown, although her brother Larry was not so lucky.

It took her 20 years, but finally Layton wrote a book describing the Jonestown horror and her escape from it. That’s when i met her

So here now, from 1998, Deborah Layton.

Larry Layton was paroled in 2002 after serving more than 20 years in prison.

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