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Twenty years ago, 913 followers of the Rev. Jim Jones committed suicide in a commune deep in the jungles of Guyana. Seductive Poison is the riveting story of how Layton, a former member of the Peoples Temple and close confidante of Jim Jones, was seduced by this notorious cult, how she escaped, and how she found her way back to sanity.
Foreword by Charles Krause. From Waco to Heaven's Gate, the past decade has seen its share of cult tragedies, but none that compares to the Jonestown horror of the decade before. After seven years in California as a close confidante of the Reverend Jim Jones, Deborah Layton could see that something was seriously wrong the minute she arrived in Jonestown, the promised land in the depths of the Guyanese jungle where Jones led his disciples. Six months before Jones and 913 of his followers swallowed cyanide-laced punch on November 18, 1978, she escaped the guarded compound and returned to the United States. Layton opens up the shadowy world of cults and shows how any race, culture, or class of individuals can fall prey to a cult's strange allure.