February 8th, 2008

The Jonestown Death Tape (November 18, 1978)

The aftermath of the massacre, with the vat of poison in the foreground.

Found on Archive.org, freely downloadable: An audio recording made on November 18, 1978, at the Peoples Temple compound in Jonestown, Guyana immediately preceding and during the mass suicide or murder of over 900 members of the cult.

Quote from the person who submitted the audio:

I acquired the source cassette tape from a schoolmate c. 1979 whose father was an FBI agent

The sound levels were increased as close as possible to clipping when I mastered to CD-R from cassette and then normalized to -18dB average RMS power (loudness) in Sound Forge

An interesting website for further research is the Jonestown Institute [http://jonestown.sdsu.edu], a website containing transcripts as well as commentary on this and other recordings recovered by the FBI from Jonestown after the mass suicide

Chilling but fascinating stuff! More information in this very informative wikipedia article.


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