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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: The Strange Death of the Crooked PI Who Took on Jim Jones

Yesterday's Crimes: The Strange Death of the Crooked PI Who Took on Jim Jones

Editor's Note: This is the third installment in a multi-part series exploring post-Jonestown life for former Peoples Temple members in the Bay Area. You can read parts one, two, and three here.  Joseph Mazor was like a character out…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: The Tragic Schoolyard Shooting Linked to Jonestown

Yesterday's Crimes: The Tragic Schoolyard Shooting Linked to Jonestown

Editor's Note: This is the third installment in a multi-part series exploring post-Jonestown life for former Peoples Temple members in the Bay Area. You can read parts one and two here.  Tyrone Mitchell was a member of Peoples Temple…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: Jonestown Was Just the Beginning for One Peoples Temple Family

Yesterday's Crimes: Jonestown Was Just the Beginning for One Peoples Temple Family

Editor's Note: This is the second installment in a two-part series exploring post-Jonestown life for one former Peoples Temple family in the Bay Area. Click here to read part one. "Yesterday's Crimes" will take a break for Thanksgiving but…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: Peoples Temple Hit Squads and Jonestown's Last Victims

Yesterday's Crimes: Peoples Temple Hit Squads and Jonestown's Last Victims

It’s November 18, 1978. The tape is running. Reverend Jim Jones is rambling into a microphone, dictating a suicide note on behalf of nearly a thousand people. Death is all around him, in the air and on the ground;…
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News, Sucka Free City

Jim Jones: Cult leader, killer, supporter of suicide barrier on Golden Gate Bridge

Every righteous cause needs a righteous leader. The gay community had Harvey Milk. The Green Party had Matt Gonzalez. And the antisuicide movement? Without a charismatic leader, it's no wonder the movement has struggled to get a suicide barrier installed…
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Music, Dark Meat drags underground rock below the Mason-Dixon Line

Dark Meat drags underground rock below the Mason-Dixon Line

On first pass, Georgia's Dark Meat fits snugly into underground rock's current zeitgeist. Like Feathers and Espers and all those other hairy freak-folkies, it's a large quasi-hippie ensemble wrapped in a cultish aura. The 17 or so members are known…
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Film, Rev. Death

Rev. Death

It's appropriate that Stanley Nelson's Jonestown is hitting theaters during an election week. Nelson's thought-provoking documentary investigation into the life and times of preacher Jim Jones raises a fistful of public policy questions that are still knocking around today, almost…
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Calendar, Halloween

Postscript

Smiling Like Nixon The strangest interview I ever conducted took place in the conference room of the San Francisco Examiner on Thursday, Sept. 21, 1972. As an Examiner reporter, I had gotten the nod to interview The Prophet, the…
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