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Name: James Warren "Jim" Jones                                                     
Born: May 13, 1931 Lynn, Indiana                                                   
Died: November 18, 1978 Jonestown, Guyana                                         
James Warren "Jim" Jones (May 13, 1931 - November 18, 1978) was the American       
founder of the Peoples Temple, which became synonymous with group suicide after   
the November 18, 1978 mass murder-suicide by poison in their isolated             
agricultural intentional community called Jonestown, located in Guyana. Over       
nine hundred people died from cyanide poisoning or gunshot wounds in the           
aftermath of Jones ordering his men to kill visiting Congressman Leo Ryan and     
numerous members of his entourage.