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Sipping the Flavor-Aid

San Francisco Examiner journo Tim Reiterman, who exactly 30 years ago was shot by members of Jim Jones’s Peoples Temple sect outside Jonestown, Guyana, as he boarded a plane bound for America, has been recalling the fateful day Jones ordered hundreds of his cult members to drink Flavor-Aid spiked with cyanide. One reason he continues to write anniversary pieces about the incident, even though the other survivors are becoming less inclined to speak to him, is to stress that it was not mass suicide, but mass homicide. "There were 200 children who were killed," he says. "This was mass murder and I believe that some of that has started to sink in." Has he fully recovered from his wounds? Not quite. "I still have some pieces in there, and others have worked their way out," he says.