S2E6 Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid

Jim Jones and the Jonestown Massacre

Warning, this post contains graphic imagery

Jim Jones

Jim Jones went door to door selling monkeys, which he was licensed to do, in order to financially support The People’s Temple.

The Jonestown Memorial
The aftermath of the mass suicide

The people of the church were not allowed to defect from the people’s temple.

The way Jones got the cyanide was through a jewelers license in order to clean gold. This allowed him to stockpile the cyanide.

The Barrel of Kool-Aid and Victims

The famous phrase, “don’t drink the kool aid” is actually wrong. The drink they used was not Kool-Aid it was actually the brand Flavor-Aid.


Shoko Asahara and the Tokyo Sarin Subway Attack

The Aum Shinrikyo // Aleph symbol
Shoko Asahara

Shoko Asahara’s given name was Chizuo Matsumoto, he changed his name as he was exploring his religious identity.

The Aftermath of the Tokyo Sarin Subway Attack

Aum Shinrikyo would often plan different attacks against people they believed to be plotting against the group. Asahara would assume anyone not in the group was against the cult.

They often kept prisoners in their bases.

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