The revenge of Reverend Jim

The New York Times reports on next year’s hippest vacation spot:

Better known as Jonestown, where more than 900 Americans committed suicide or were murdered one night in 1978 at the behest of the cult leader Jim Jones, the site yields few signs of remembrance. Rains, termites and scavengers have laid waste to its buildings. Vines camouflage its rusting vehicles, including an old flatbed truck and a tractor.

But while nature seems intent on erasing the utopian experiment that went tragically awry here, some enterprising souls in Guyana, South America’s only English-speaking nation, have another idea. They want Jonestown reborn as a tourist destination and are even getting some tepid help from the government, which spent more than 30 years largely trying to live it down.

There seems to be no indication that Kraft Foods is interested in setting up a Kool-Aid booth on the site. (Not that they’d have any reason to.)





6 comments

  1. paulsmos »

    5 May 2010 · 1:44 am

    OH! YEAH!

  2. Brett »

    5 May 2010 · 9:35 am

    Heh — I thought at first you were referring to the character Christopher Lloyd played on Taxi and I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how he could focus long enough to plot vengeance ;-)

  3. CGHill »

    5 May 2010 · 10:37 am

    Truth be told, I’m surprised there isn’t an “Obamaville” populated entirely by members of the Washington press corps.

  4. Ed Flinn »

    5 May 2010 · 11:21 am

    Huh. The second reference I saw today to Guyana. Who’d have guessed?

  5. fillyjonk »

    5 May 2010 · 2:11 pm

    I guess I find the idea particularly repellent because Jonestown is the first “big scary” news story that my parents were unable to protect my still-young ears from. So it’s kind of my personal getting-kicked-out-of-Eden thing, which is I think why I still shudder when someone brings it up.

  6. McGehee »

    5 May 2010 · 2:12 pm

    Truth be told, I’m surprised there isn’t an “Obamaville” populated entirely by members of the Washington press corps.

    There is. It’s called “the Washington press corps.”

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