(Warning: The content in the following audio is disturbing)
What you are about to listen to is a recording retrieved by the FBI of the final hours of Jim Jones’s cult before they committed mass suicide on Nov. 18, 1978. Up until 9/11, this was the largest mass fatality that the American people had ever witnessed. Over 913 cult members died in Jonestown in a small compound in the heart of Guyana. Jim Jones ordered his congregation and their children to drink cyanide-laced laced Kool-Aide (thus, the phrase ‘drinking the Kool-Aide’). Those who resisted were either shot or injected with cyanide.
This recording begins immediately preceding the initial deaths and continues while the mass suicide is carried out. It is beyond bone chilling. Above the screams of children and the confused chatter of brainwashed adults we hear the drug-addled Jim Jones pleading with his cult members to drink the cyanide-laced juice. What makes the recording even more disturbing is the new-agey type music playing faintly in the background as the suicide is taking place. This makes for one gut-wrenching soundtrack.
One of the eeriest moments in the recording is when Jim Jones asks for anyone who objects to his decision for mass suicide to speak out. A women frantically questions the idea, saying that she thinks there’s always hope, and that her children deserve to live. Jim Jones replies: “Without me, life has no meaning.”
We dare you to put this on your iPod and let the madman who convinced close to a thousand people to end their lives into your life for a few minutes. But be warned: you will be listening to the sounds of ritualistic murder and death.