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In 1978, 918 people died at the hands of cult leader Jim Jones, but Laura Johnston Kohl lived to tell

By Francisca Jones

This article was published April 14, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

Jonestown survivors Laura Johnston Kohl (left) and Jordan Vilchez pause at the grave in Guyana devoted to the 918 people who lost their lives on Nov. 18, 1978. Johnston Kohl recounted her experiences as a member of Peoples Temple and her visit last month to Guyana during “Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid: Advice from a Jonestown Survivor” at Arkansas Tech University on April 5.

Laura Johnston Kohl’s Guyana driver’s license.

More than 900 Americans followed Disciples of Christ minister Jim Jones to northwestern Guyana in the 1970s to form a Utopian society of social equality and racial harmony he called Jonestown.

Laura Johnston Kohl’s Guyana driver’s license.

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