This Day in Infamy: The Birth of a Monster

Young Jim with one of his many pets. As he grew older, the animals would mysteriously die
one after another. Jim then presided over each of their funerals, offering prayers
of comfort to his grieving friends.

May 13, 1931 – James Warren Jones was born to James Thurman Jones and Lynetta Putnam in the small community of Crete. By all accounts, little Jim was a strange, lonely child who was obsessed with religion and death. He also showed signs of delinquency, often stealing and cursing at his adult neighbors.

Forty-seven years later, then-Reverend Jim Jones coerced his followers to commit mass suicide/murder in a Guyanese jungle under the guise of political activism. More than 900 people died that day.