Jim Jones

1931 - 1978

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James Warren Jones (May 13, 1931 – November 18, 1978) was an American cult leader, political activist, preacher, and faith healer who led the Peoples Temple, a new religious organization which existed between 1955 and 1978. In what he claimed to be a "revolutionary suicide", Jones and his inner circle orchestrated a mass murder–suicide in his remote jungle commune at Jonestown, Guyana, on November 18, 1978. As a youth, Jones developed an affinity for pentecostalism and a desire to be a preacher. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jim Jones has received more than 13,763,845 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Jim Jones is the 24th most popular extremist (down from 23rd in 2019), the 518th most popular biography from United States (up from 569th in 2019) and the 10th 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 24 out of 205Before him are Albert Fish, Abdullah Öcalan, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Charles Ponzi, Cleon, and Machine Gun Kelly. After him are Amon Göth, John Wayne Gacy, Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, Carlos the Jackal, Mehmet Ali Ağca, and Ayman al-Zawahiri.

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Among people born in 1931, Jim Jones ranks 25Before him are Raymond Kopa, Lucia Bosè, Thomas Bernhard, Leonard Nimoy, Josef Masopust, and D. B. Cooper. After him are Guy Debord, Desmond Tutu, João Gilberto, Roger Penrose, John le Carré, and William Shatner. Among people deceased in 1978, Jim Jones ranks 18Before him are Margaret Mead, Umberto Nobile, Anastas Mikoyan, Manne Siegbahn, John Cazale, and Ricardo Zamora. After him are Hasso von Manteuffel, Willy Messerschmitt, Kurt Student, Harold Lasswell, Harry Martinson, and Mohammed Daoud Khan.

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Among people born in United States, Jim Jones ranks 518 out of 15,968Before him are Kris Jenner (1955), George A. Romero (1940), Dennis Ritchie (1941), Allen Ginsberg (1926), William Holden (1918), and Babe Ruth (1895). After him are Michael Landon (1936), Lou Reed (1942), Frank Herbert (1920), Ellen G. White (1827), Jodie Foster (1962), and Richard Widmark (1914).

Among EXTREMISTS In United States

Among extremists born in United States, Jim Jones ranks 10Before him are Lee Harvey Oswald (1939), Ed Gein (1906), Ted Kaczynski (1942), Zodiac Killer (1940), Albert Fish (1870), and Machine Gun Kelly (1895). After him are John Wayne Gacy (1942), H. H. Holmes (1861), Barry Seal (1939), Butch Cassidy (1866), Henry Lee Lucas (1936), and Frank Sheeran (1920).