This is interesting to me because I'm currently reading a survivor's account of Jim Jones' People's Temple:
"It seems quite odd to me that the American people have immediately accepted the fact that one man can brainwash 900 human beings in a mass suicide but will not accept the fact that a ruthless group, the Symbionese Liberation Army, could brainwash a little girl by torture, degradation and confinement."
-- John Wayne
I think this says a lot more about the American public than either of the groups involved, and their willingness to absolve a rich white girl of responsibility versus 900 mostly poor minorities. I can't reach any conclusions because I know very little about the public response to either of these events, so I'm going to do some more research and then maybe write a comparison.
On a side note, I love that the Jonestown "Death Tape" is available online for downloading, unlike the SLA communiques.
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