Jonestown Survivor to Speak at USI

Christie York

(Photo provided by Laura Johnston Kohl)

(Photo provided by Laura Johnston Kohl)

It's been almost 40 years since over 900 people died in Guyana after cult leader Jim Jones poisoned them; and Monday night, one of the survivors will speak at the University of Southern Indiana.

Jonestown survivor Laura Johnston Kohl says it's important to not forget what led to the tragedy.  "Critical thinking should never be turned off because there are people waiting alongside who could take advantage of naivety; and we can never turn off our critical learning and checking out the details.  So, it's such an important issue today as it was then."

Kohl says that almost every time she speaks at a university someone tells her about a recent experience of them getting out of a cult, so the issue is still very much alive.  

She will speak about her experience Monday night at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will be held in the University of Southern Indiana's Carter Hall.