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NatGeo’s Cult Massacre: One Day in Jonestown | Jackie Speier on Her Trauma and Survival

Former Congresswoman Jackie Speier would never have imagined she would be at the traumatic event of the largest cult massacre in United States history with the Jonestown event decades again. In the National Geographic series Cult Massacre: One Day in Jonestown, she was willing to speak and retrace the moments as a Congressional aide to Leo Ryan and living with the aftermath.

Here is the full series description:

The Emmy Award-winning, acclaimed franchise One Day in America returns with its third installment, Cult Massacre: One Day in Jonestown. The three-part series from Emmy Award-winning 72 Films’ David Glover, BAFTA Award-winning director Marian Mohamed, along with Academy Award-winning filmmakers Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin, tells the story of an idealistic religious organization led by the infamous Jim Jones, who set out to establish a utopian community in Guyana. What began as a peaceful movement seeking social justice ultimately spiraled into a mass casualty event that left 918 dead. Told by survivors and eyewitnesses, along with using rare footage and rare Jim Jones recordings, the powerful series gives an immersive look into the final harrowing hours leading up to one of America’s darkest chapters.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with Jackie Speier on talking about her experiences and living with the trauma decades after the incident.

Jackie Speier is a former U.S. representative for California’s 14th congressional district from 2008 to 2023. Also, she served as a member of the California State Senate for parts of San Francisco and San Mateo. In 1978, she served as an aide to Congressman Leo Ryan, who was assassinated during the Jonestown massacre under orders from cult leader Jim Jones. She survived the massacre with five gunshot wounds.

Cult Massacre: One Day in Jonestown plays on National Geographic and streams on Hulu.

Watch the exclusive interview with Jackie Speier below. Let us know what you think of the interview.

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Source: LRM Online Exclusive, National Geographic

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