Jim Jones

1931 - 1978

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James Warren Jones (May 13, 1931 – November 18, 1978) was an American preacher, political activist and mass murderer. He led the Peoples Temple, a new religious movement (NRT), between 1955 and 1978. In 1976, Jones privately self-identified as an atheist. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jim Jones has received more than 15,277,764 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). Jim Jones is the 24th most popular extremist, the 452nd most popular biography from United States (up from 518th in 2019) and the 10th most popular 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 209Before him are Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Albert Fish, Ulrike Meinhof, Charles Ponzi, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and John Wayne Gacy. After him are Carlos the Jackal, Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, Amon Göth, Cleon, Machine Gun Kelly, and Luis Carrero Blanco.

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Among people born in 1931, Jim Jones ranks 24Before him are Raymond Kopa, Isabel Martínez de Perón, Mário Zagallo, Anatoly Dyatlov, Thomas Bernhard, and Annie Girardot. After him are Josef Masopust, John le Carré, Leonard Nimoy, Ian Holm, Guy Debord, and William Shatner. Among people deceased in 1978, Jim Jones ranks 16Before him are Adolf Dassler, Mohammed Daoud Khan, Ramón Mercader, Margaret Mead, Manne Siegbahn, and Anastas Mikoyan. After him are Umberto Nobile, Ronnie Peterson, Ricardo Zamora, Kurt Student, Hasso von Manteuffel, and Willy Messerschmitt.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Jim Jones ranks 452 out of 18,182Before him are Cliff Burton (1962), Montgomery Clift (1920), The Notorious B.I.G. (1972), John Wayne Gacy (1942), Glenn Close (1947), and Pat Morita (1932). After him are Rutherford B. Hayes (1822), Sharon Stone (1958), Willis Carrier (1876), Iggy Pop (1947), Richard Bach (1936), and Dennis Hopper (1936).

Among EXTREMISTS In United States

Among extremists born in United States, Jim Jones ranks 10Before him are Lee Harvey Oswald (1939), Ted Kaczynski (1942), Zodiac Killer (1940), Ed Gein (1906), Albert Fish (1870), and John Wayne Gacy (1942). After him are Machine Gun Kelly (1895), H. H. Holmes (1861), William Kemmler (1860), George Jung (1942), Jeffrey Dahmer (1960), and Butch Cassidy (1866).