Jim says that on the day of the massacre, people were manipulated into believing they needed to lay down their lives in protection. "They had been told that people were going to come in and take their children away. They were going to separate us, and they were going to invade our community," he says. "What [my father] does, very manipulative, he has the children ingest the cyanide first. And, I mean, I have three boys, and I've got to tell you, if I saw my kids dying, why would I want to live?"
Jim says he didn't return to the camp in the days after he received the call from his father. "My brother Tim did," he says. "At the time, I was very upset that I wasn't selected to go back to help identify bodies or try to make sense out of it. Thirty-some years later, I feel God protected me because I don't have that imprint in the back of my mind."
Published on February 17, 2010