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Peoples Temple Collection; Box 24, Virtual Item 17, Q897- Healing service

 Digital Record
Identifier: ms-0183_24.17


  • Digitized: Undated


Summary Note

In this short, undated tape – the only reference to a date was a divorce from 1971 – Jim Jones performs a healing of a woman who had cancer. The healing is followed by a testimonial by another woman whom Jones healed as well. The tape begins with the preliminaries to the healing already underway. Jones is revealing “little things” about an elderly woman’s life, because they are important to build her faith. He reminds her how much she spent in an uncontested divorce and what the name of the law firm was that represented her. He also asks her to tell the congregation whether she had given him this information before, and she says she hasn’t. He invites her into his “aura,” then asks her to vomit up the cancer. As the music swells in the congregation, the woman reaches into her throat to dislodge the cancer. The blood and apparently vile-smelling growth spills on the floor, and Jones asks the “thousands of people” gathered as witnesses to “praise the name of Jesus Christ.” Full summary of the recording available at Alternative Considerations of Jonestown website, along with the tape transcript.

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Physical Description Note

Original audiocassette tape recording digitized and made available as .mp3 audio file.

Publisher Note

Publisher: The Jonestown Institute

Repository Details

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