Jim Jones

1931 - 1978

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James Warren Jones (May 13, 1931 – November 18, 1978) was an American cult leader and mass murderer who led the Peoples Temple between 1955 and 1978. In what Jones termed "revolutionary suicide", Jones and the members of his inner circle planned and orchestrated a mass murder-suicide in his remote jungle commune at Jonestown, Guyana, on November 18, 1978. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jim Jones has received more than 18,830,015 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Jim Jones is the 37th most popular extremist (down from 24th in 2019), the 779th most popular biography from United States (down from 452nd in 2019) and the 12th most popular American Extremist.

Jim Jones was a cult leader who lead his followers to commit mass suicide in 1978.

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Among extremists, Jim Jones ranks 37 out of 283Before him are Abu Nidal, Otto Ohlendorf, Cleon, Nathuram Godse, Andreas Baader, and H. H. Holmes. After him are Tommaso Buscetta, Peter Kürten, Joseph Kony, William Kemmler, Mehmet Ali Ağca, and Fritz Haarmann.

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Among people born in 1931, Jim Jones ranks 41Before him are Anne Bancroft, Aldo Rossi, Hiroto Muraoka, Riccardo Giacconi, Sri Chinmoy, and William Shatner. After him are James Cronin, Nawal El Saadawi, David Lee, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Michael Lonsdale, and Richard Rorty. Among people deceased in 1978, Jim Jones ranks 26Before him are Margaret Mead, Willy Messerschmitt, Ronnie Peterson, Vincent du Vigneaud, Mohammed Daoud Khan, and Hasso von Manteuffel. After him are Harold Lasswell, Ronald George Wreyford Norrish, Nazli Sabri, József Bozsik, Herta Oberheuser, and Ed Wood.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Jim Jones ranks 779 out of 20,380Before him are Greg Abbott (1957), Stan Kroenke (1947), James E. Webb (1906), Jules Dassin (1911), Robert Burns Woodward (1917), and David J. Wineland (1944). After him are Brandon Lee (1965), Arthur Leonard Schawlow (1921), Joe DiMaggio (1914), Robert Hofstadter (1915), Robert McNamara (1916), and Dalton Trumbo (1905).

Among EXTREMISTS In United States

Among extremists born in United States, Jim Jones ranks 12Before him are Jeffrey Dahmer (1960), John Wayne Gacy (1942), Ted Kaczynski (1942), Ed Gein (1906), Albert Fish (1870), and H. H. Holmes (1861). After him are William Kemmler (1860), Timothy McVeigh (1968), George Jung (1942), Edmund Kemper (1948), Butch Cassidy (1866), and Aileen Wuornos (1956).