Monday, April 09, 2007

Monday night on KEET

9:00-10:30 Jonestown - the Life and Death of the People's Temple
What'd you think?


  1. I was amazed that the documentary failed to discuss Tim Stoen's major role in the deaths of so many people. It is my understanding that Stoen was actually one of the people on the plane with the congressman. He was one of the few who survived the gunfire - could it be that he was already hiding on the plane when the shots rang out?

  2. Stoen was not in the plane. He, and his wife did not go with the Congressman into Jonestown that day. It had been decided that his presence was too inflammatory.

    To leave out Tim Stoen, who played such a major role in the Temple, who, the survivor's published accounts say was the one who came up with the idea of revolutionary suicide, who researched the kinds of poison it would take to kill the entire congregation, who used his office as Assistant DA in Mendocino County to do it, who, it was also reported, plotted to poison the water supply of Washington DC, who, according to published accounts, was the one who "found us Guyana," was the one who squashed all investigations into the Temple by threatening lawsuits, and whose son was the subject of a custody battle that was part of the reason for the Congressman's visit, and who was the subject of Jones' parting words - to leave out any mention of that man, well, it is truly astounding.

    It looked to me like Stoen was pictured in the documentary twice, once in a family photo standing behind his wife, and once with a sign saying, "I want my son." That is the son he signed away to Jones, claiming he had asked Jones, his beloved pastor, to father the child.


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