On November 18, 1978, over 900 members of the People’s Temple Agricultural Project committed suicide by ingesting Kool-Aid poisoned with cyanide. Before the mass suicide, cult leader Jim Jones addressed his followers. This recording, known as FBI File No. Q042, captures Jones’s speech and the final moments of hundreds of people who took their own lives and the lives of their children at the Jonestown settlement in Guyana.
What atrocity happened in your neck of the woods? A photographic look at the largest mass murders and shooting sprees perpetrated in each state.
In the wee hours of June 10, 1912, eight people –six of them children — were murdered with an axe in the town of Villisca, Iowa. That crime remains a mystery. A century later the town would be once again rocked by a mass murder.
On March 13, 1996, Thomas Hamilton, 43, opened fire inside a primary school in the Scottish town of Dunblane, killing 16 children and one adult. The massacre led to a ban on most handguns in the United Kingdom.
On March 12, 2004, after years of abuse, incest and brainwashing, the grotesque family empire of Marcus Wesson came to a tragic end. As police surrounded the house where the Wesson family lived, shots rang out. In the end, the bodies of nine Wesson children–each shot through the eye–were found in a room furnished with antique coffins.
Chris Coleman, the head of security for Joyce Meyer Ministries calls his police officer neighbor, worried after not being able to reach his wife. When police enter the house, they find a grisly scene. Coleman claimed had been receiving threatening messages at work that warned him his family would die if Meyer didn’t stop preaching. But an investigation quickly unraveled Coleman’s story.
Janathan Doody, who has been serving a 270-year sentence for the cold-blooded 1991 murders on nine Buddhist monks who witnessed a robbery, has been found guilty, again. His sentencing is set for March 2014. A look back now at the case of a burglary that turned into a mass murder.
A video and timeline released by the FBI shows Aaron Alexis on the day he massacred 12 people at the Navy Yard
On September 6, 1969, U.S. Army Col. Douglas Tucker, information officer at Fort Benning, Georgia, announced murder charges against 1st Lt. William L. Calley Jr., 26, of Miami, Florida, for his role in the a massacre at My Lai.
As strange as this may sound, it’s actually pretty good advice for adults and kids alike, and could probably be applied with relative success to any mass shooting or spree shooting scenario.