25 Unpleasant Facts About the Jonestown Massacre

Jim Jones as a baby, ABC News.

24. Jim Jones Was a Charismatic Monster

History is full of people who have persuaded others to act on horrible deeds. However, there are very few men who were as horrific as Jim Jones. Starting in the 1950s, people begin to see Jones as a charismatic leader. He seemed to want the best for everyone. 

In reality, Jim Jones was a manipulative monster, which is precisely what ex-members call him today. With persuasion, Jones influenced almost 1,000 people to move around the world with him in search of the best place to settle. He persuaded 918 people to drink the Kool-Aid that would kill them.