Jim Jones and the Jonestown Massacre
Warning, this post contains graphic imagery
Jim Jones went door to door selling monkeys, which he was licensed to do, in order to financially support The People’s Temple.
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 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
Shoko Asahara’s given name was Chizuo Matsumoto, he changed his name as he was exploring his religious identity.
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.