DAnne will interview one of the survivors of Jim Jones Religion who just missed the deaths of hundreds of people eho drank Kool-aid laced with poison.
After attending Woodstock, and participating with the Black Panthers, Laura moved into Peoples Temple in California in 1970, and was an active and enthusiastic member until it ended. She moved to Guyana in March 1977. She lived her first year in Georgetown, purchasing supplies, then moved to Jonestown, a 24-hour boat ride away. She moved back into Georgetown in October 1978. Laura’s survival was a fluke.
It took twenty years for Laura to rebuild her life and have the determination to research this tragedy. The first ten years were spent in Synanon. The next ten were spent getting her bilingual teaching credential and settling in with her family. At twenty years, she reunited with many other survivors to put the pieces together. In 2010, she published her book JONESTOWN SURVIVOR: An Insider’s Look.
Laura is a writer, a bilingual teacher, a Public Speaker (Speakers’ Bureau of The Jonestown Institute), a Quaker, and a Presenter and Board Member of the Communal Studies Association.
She contributes to the annual Jonestown Report published by the Jonestown Institute, and writes a monthly article for a local paper. She is helping set up a survivors’ visit to Jonestown with a documentary crew.
Contact her at www.jonestownsurvivor.com
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