Includes photocopies of journal entries and documents, dated 1938-2018, referenced in Timothy Stoen's books, Marked for Death: My War with Jim Jones and the Devil of Jonestown and Surviving Utopia: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple. Also includes ten original anonymous letters written to Stoen between 1977 and 1978. Some journal entries have been redacted
Timothy Stoen is an attorney in Mendocino, California. He joined Peoples Temple in 1970, and provided legal services to the
Temple and its members. Stoen defected from Peoples Temple in 1977, and was instrumental in the efforts of the Concerned Relatives
to challenge the Temple in the courts, and particularly in the custody battle over his son, John Victor Stoen, who had been
taken to Jonestown in 1976. On November 18, 1977, the Superior Court for the State of California awarded custody of John Victor
Stoen to his mother Grace Stoen. Despite the Stoens' efforts to reclaim John, he was killed in the Jonestown mass suicide
and murder of November 18, 1978.
1 legal document box
(0.5 Linear Feet)
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