Mass Suicide at Jonestown: 30 Years Later

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The killings at the airport were begun by Larry Layton, in the unbuttoned shirt, above. Though Layton was known to be a Jones loyalist, he insisted on joining Ryan and his group shortly before they headed to the airstrip, saying he wanted to return to the U.S. as well. Once inside the plane, he produced a gun and started shooting. He was joined moments later by members of Jones' Red Brigade security team. Of all the gunmen, only Layton was convicted for the murders.

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