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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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Film, "The Source Family": A '60s Cult Minus the Mass Death

"The Source Family": A '60s Cult Minus the Mass Death

The accepted hindsight is that the hippie dream ended with the Manson Family murders in 1969, but that ending wasn't quite as apparent in the 1970s to the followers of self-styled messiah Father Yod, the subject of Maria Demopoulos and…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist A Wake for 1978: Remembering Harvey Milk, George Moscone, Jonestown

A Wake for 1978: Remembering Harvey Milk, George Moscone, Jonestown

The people we've known who lived in San Francisco in 1978 say it seemed like the city had been gripped by madness. On Nov. 18 of that year, nearly 1,000 people from San Francisco's People's Temple committed suicide under…
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Film, "White Material": Isabelle Huppert anchors Claire Denis' colonial Africa movie

"White Material": Isabelle Huppert anchors Claire Denis' colonial Africa movie

Claire Denis' strongest movie in the decade since Beau Travail, her tense, convulsive White Material, is a portrait of change and a thing of terrible beauty. The time is unspecified. The subject is the collapse of an unnamed West African…
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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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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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Film, Documentary American Style

Documentary American Style

Some of the strongest films in any festival are its documentaries, which can be clumped into two groups: those intended for PBS and all the rest. The PBS style — marked by a mix of archival footage, talking heads, explanatory…
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Calendar, Night&Day Keeping Up With the Jones

Keeping Up With the Jones

While contemporary nostalgics like to romanticize the 1960s as a time of brotherhood and free love, they often forget that it was also a time of some horrendous mistakes. Most folks meant well in their preaching and movement-making, but a…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Jonestown's Legacy

Jonestown's Legacy

WED 11/19 Americans who turned on the news on November 18, 1978, got one hell of a bombshell: Hundreds of members of Jim Jones' People's Temple lay dead in the Guyana jungle, an apparent mass murder/suicide. California U.S. Representative Leo…
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Film, Reel World

Long Night's Journey Into Day

November marks the 25th anniversary of Jonestown, and you can bet the loft that the media -- yet again -- will make wide-eyed sport of the mysterious deaths of 900 followers of Jim Jones in Guyana. "It's hard not to…
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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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News, Feature

The Absolutely True, Somewhat Spurious and Totally Impossible

Was the Watergate break-in plotted in a Nob Hill saloon? Did Bill Clinton narrowly escape an assassin's bullet outside the posh Fairmont Hotel during campaign '92? And did the CIA's San Francisco mind-control experiments, which began in North Beach, culminate…
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