Top: 40 years after Jonestown massacre: Why survivor Jackie Speier says we have to be vigilant about religious groups that operate in secret

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SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) —

This yr marks the 40th anniversary of the Jonestown bloodbath, the biggest murder-suicide in American historical past. It occurred to Americans dwelling in a non secular cult abroad, within the South American nation of Guyana in 1978. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., was there in 1978 as a younger aide to a congressman who was investigating suspicious exercise on the compound, known as Jonestown. However they have been ambushed and shot whereas attempting to go away. Speier says the lesson we…

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