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Seductive Poison: A Jonestown Survivor's Story of Life and Death in the Peoples Temple is a first-hand account of the incidents surrounding Peoples Temple (whose base in Guyana was scene of the Jonestown massacre), written by survivor Deborah Layton, a high-level member of the Peoples Temple until her escape from the encampment. The first edition of the book was published by Anchor~Doubleday in hardcover on November 3, 1998, and the second edition was published in paperback on November 9, 1999. In 2014, Random House Audio made Seductive Poison into an audio-book read by the author and narrator, Kathe Mazur. Charles Krause, the young Washington Post journalist who accompanied Congressman Leo Ryan into Jonestown and was injured at the airstrip, reads his Foreword.

Seductive Poison
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Paperback edition
AuthorDeborah Layton
CountryUnited States, Italy, France, Australia, Germany, Thailand, UK
SubjectDestructive cults,
mass suicide
Publication date
2014 Random House Audio; 1998 Anchor~Doubleday
Media typePrint

Her older brother was the only one ever prosecuted for the murders of the congressional team by Temple members.[1] After over twenty years in prison, Larry Layton was released on parole in 2002, largely due to the testimony of Vernon Gosney, one of the few survivors of the massacre and the Federal Chief Judge, Robert F. Peckham.[2]

The book is published in Italy, France, Australia, Germany, Thailand and United Kingdom.

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  1. ^ Indiana Jones' Temple of Doom, Bettina Drew, February 1, 1999., The Nation.
  2. ^ “Larry Layton and Peoples Temple: Twenty-Five Years Later” by Frank Bell, “Alternative Considerations of Jonestown and Peoples Temple,” sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies at San Diego State University

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