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Seductive Poison - A Jonestown Survivor's Story of Life and Death in the People's Temple

Deborah Layton

Told by a former high-level member of the Peoples Temple and Jonestown survivor, Seductive Poison is the "truly unforgettable" (Kirkus Review) story of how one woman was seduced by one of the most notorious cults in recent memory and how she found her way back to sanity. From Waco to Heaven's Gate, the past decade has seen its share of cult tragedies. But none has been quite so dramatic or compelling as the Jonestown massacre of 1978, in which the Reverend Jim Jones and 913 of his disciples perished. Deborah Layton had been a member of the Peoples Temple for seven years when she departed for Jonestown, Guyana, the promised land nestled deep in the South American jungle. When she arrived, however, Layton saw that something was seriously wrong. Jones constantly spoke of a revolutionary mass suicide, and Layton knew only too well that he had enough control over the minds of the Jonestown residents to carry it out. But her pleas for help--and her sworn affidavit to the U.S. government--fell on skeptical ears. In this very personal account, Layton opens up the shadowy world of cults and shows how anyone can fall under their spell. Seductive Poison is both an unflinching historical document and a riveting story of intrigue, power, and murder. PRAISE: "A suspenseful tale of escape that reads like a satisfying thriller, Layton's account is the most important personal testimony to emerge from the Jonestown tragedy." --The Chicago Tribune "A fascinating account of a debacle that continues to resonate" --Entertainment Weekly "Layton is scrupulous and honest... A terrific read... a page turner to rival the best spy thriller." --The Evening Standard UK "Even teens unfamiliar with Jonestown will find this a powerful memoir." --Booklist "A chilling account... Truly unforgettable" --Kirkus Review (starred review) "Seductive Poison is an absolutely riveting story, told as memoir but with the pulse-pounding suspense of a murder mystery. I read Layton's account non-stop through the night, unable to let go, struck

Told by a former high-level member of the Peoples Temple and Jonestown survivor, Seductive Poison is the "truly unforgettable" (Kirkus Review) story of how one woman was seduced by one of the most notorious cults in recent memory and how she found her way back to sanity. From Waco to Heaven's Gate, the past decade has seen its share of cult tragedies. But none has been quite so dramatic or compelling as the Jonestown massacre of 1978, in which the Reverend Jim Jones and 913 of his disciples perished. Deborah Layton had been a member of the Peoples Temple for seven years when she departed for Jonestown, Guyana, the promised land nestled deep in the South American jungle. When she arrived, however, Layton saw that something was seriously wrong. Jones constantly spoke of a revolutionary mass suicide, and Layton knew only too well that he had enough control over the minds of the Jonestown residents to carry it out. But her pleas for help--and her sworn affidavit to the U.S. government--fell on skeptical ears. In this very personal account, Layton opens up the shadowy world of cults and shows how anyone can fall under their spell. Seductive Poison is both an unflinching historical document and a riveting story of intrigue, power, and murder. PRAISE: "A suspenseful tale of escape that reads like a satisfying thriller, Layton's account is the most important personal testimony to emerge from the Jonestown tragedy." --The Chicago Tribune "A fascinating account of a debacle that continues to resonate" --Entertainment Weekly "Layton is scrupulous and honest... A terrific read... a page turner to rival the best spy thriller." --The Evening Standard UK "Even teens unfamiliar with Jonestown will find this a powerful memoir." --Booklist "A chilling account... Truly unforgettable" --Kirkus Review (starred review) "Seductive Poison is an absolutely riveting story, told as memoir but with the pulse-pounding suspense of a murder mystery. I read Layton's account non-stop through the night, unable to let go, struck
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Told by a former high-level member of the Peoples Temple and Jonestown survivor, Seductive Poison is the "truly unforgettable" (Kirkus Review) story of how one woman was seduced by one of the most notorious cults in recent memory and how she found her way back to sanity. From Waco to Heaven's Gate, the past decade has seen its share of cult tragedies. But none has been quite so dramatic or compelling as the Jonestown massacre of 1978, in which the Reverend Jim Jones and 913 of his disciples perished. Deborah Layton had been a member of the Peoples Temple for seven years when she departed for Jonestown, Guyana, the promised land nestled deep in the South American jungle. When she arrived, however, Layton saw that something was seriously wrong. Jones constantly spoke of a revolutionary mass suicide, and Layton knew only too well that he had enough control over the minds of the Jonestown residents to carry it out. But her pleas for help--and her sworn affidavit to the U.S. government--fell on skeptical ears. In this very personal account, Layton opens up the shadowy world of cults and shows how anyone can fall under their spell. Seductive Poison is both an unflinching historical document and a riveting story of intrigue, power, and murder. PRAISE: "A suspenseful tale of escape that reads like a satisfying thriller, Layton's account is the most important personal testimony to emerge from the Jonestown tragedy." --The Chicago Tribune "A fascinating account of a debacle that continues to resonate" --Entertainment Weekly "Layton is scrupulous and honest... A terrific read... a page turner to rival the best spy thriller." --The Evening Standard UK "Even teens unfamiliar with Jonestown will find this a powerful memoir." --Booklist "A chilling account... Truly unforgettable" --Kirkus Review (starred review) "Seductive Poison is an absolutely riveting story, told as memoir but with the pulse-pounding suspense of a murder mystery. I read Layton's account non-stop through the night, unable to let go, struck

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kathe Mazur

Length:

14h 41m


Chapters

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05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:25


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:27


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:27


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:13


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:56


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:03


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:12


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:59


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:10


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:32


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:47


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:08


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:04


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:33


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:34


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:29


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:57


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:24


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:58


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:41


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:42


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:43


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:04


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:00


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:49


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:18


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:17


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:20


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:26


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:45


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:59


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:39


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:19


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:24


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:00


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:47


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:33


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:44


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:16


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:00


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:44


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:54


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:45


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:58


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:39


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:46


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:46


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:33


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:53


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:07


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:11


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:50


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:49


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:57


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:26


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:56


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:39


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:34


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:19


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:58


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:00


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:43


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:35


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:46


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:35


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:02


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:55


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:00


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:55


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:08


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:50


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:53


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:19


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:34


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:04


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:11


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:02


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:47


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:51


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:02


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:30


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:59


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:52


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:11


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:06


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:23


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:38


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:34


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:16


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:23


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:55


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:36


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:54


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

03:51


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:09


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:15


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:46


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:03


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:14


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

03:52


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:12


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:00


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:56


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:16


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:23


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:16


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:03


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:43


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:18


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:00


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

04:14


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:18


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

03:37


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

03:54


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:30


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

05:06


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:01


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:39


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:43


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

05:17


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

04:58


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

06:16


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

05:03


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

05:29


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

05:47


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

05:38


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

05:10


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

05:03


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

05:06


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

05:01


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

05:08


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

05:00


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

05:00


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

05:09


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

04:44


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

04:49


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

04:48


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

05:11


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

05:17


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

04:10


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

04:16


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

03:58


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

04:23


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

04:21


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

04:53


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

04:13


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

04:32


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

04:37


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

04:42


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

04:37


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

04:26


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

04:28


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

04:30


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

04:27


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

04:26


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

05:06


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

05:09


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

05:30


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

04:03


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

04:36


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

04:55


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

04:51


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

04:40


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

05:15


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

05:28


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

04:54


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

05:19


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

05:03


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

04:43


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

05:13


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

04:24


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

04:00


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

03:52


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

04:30


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

04:07


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

04:12


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

03:21


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

04:53


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

04:41


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

04:46


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

04:27


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

04:42


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

04:52


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

04:07


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

04:22


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

04:20


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

04:38


Chapter 188
Chapter 188

05:08


Chapter 189
Chapter 189

04:53


Chapter 190
Chapter 190

00:35