[Excerpts from the Jim Jones suicide tape]
Jim Jones: "Living--you're looking at death and it
looks--living is much, much more difficult. Raising up
every morning and not knowing what's going to be the
night's bringing. It's much more difficult. It's much
Jim Jones: "It's never been done before, you say. It's
been done by every tribe in history. Every tribe facing
annihilation. All the Indians of the Amazon are doing
it right now. They refuse to bring any babies into the
world. They kill every child that comes into the world.
Because they don't want to live in this kind of a
Christine Miller: "Well, I don't see it like that. I
mean, I feel like that--as long as there's life,
there's hope. That's my faith."
Jim Jones: "Well--some--everybody dies. Some place that
hope runs out because everybody dies. I haven't seen
anybody yet didn't die. And I'd like to choose my own
kind of death for a change. I'm tired of being
tormented to hell, that's what I'm tired of. Tired of
Jim Jones: "Please. For God's sake, let's get on with
it. We've lived--we've lived as no other people lived
and loved. We've had as much of this world as you're
gonna get. Let's just be done with it. Let's be done
with the agony of it."
Jim Jones: "I made my manifestation, and the world was
ready, not ready for me. Paul said, "I was a man born
out of due season." I've been born out of due season,
just like all we are, and the best testimony we can
make is to leave this goddamn world."