Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. Hosty claimed he never met Oswald and that the closest he came was interviewing his wife Marina. Edger Himself and told to destroy the note. Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by people simply covering their asses after they royally screw up. My Sources. This applies to both Judge and myself. I will let readers decide if Judge was genuinely unaware of them or just chose to ignore them because they contradict his theory.
Still, I will shatter Irony Meters everywhere by primarily relying on those same sources that Judge himself preferred. There are times when the information in a source he uses is demonstrably wrong, but I will give Judge the benefit of the doubt that he worked in good faith that it was right. Broken down and not counting periodicals , his three most used sources are Hold Hands and Die! For those unfamiliar with the other two works:. Copyright Still, it comes across as the less sensationalist of the two. Still, in historical hindsight the book seems to be a solid study on the subject.
Standard disclaimer : I freely admit I could be wrong about something. The Text Itself. My own citations will be embedded in my rebuttals. I intend to present a truncated version of Black Hole. This is not intended as censorship. The parts and how I handle them are:. Shake off the apathy and wake up! I skip this section entirely. I also skip this section.
Who Was Jim Jones? What Was Jonestown? Judge, dressed as Hercule Poirot, gathers the suspects in the parlor and points an accusing finger at the butler who built the deadly Rube Goldberg device. As the butler is being led away in cuffs, there are jump-cuts to his accomplices still at large. The Links to U.
Back in the parlor, Inspector Judge lists some of the clues that helped him crack the case. I originally started a claim-by-claim rebuttal to this, but it immediately got out of hand and threatened to double the length of this present piece. A combination of more deleted scenes, out-takes, and an extensive blooper reel. By all accounts in the press, as well as Peoples Temple statements there were at least 1, people at Jonestown. Jones was known to exaggerate things, and even before was inflating the Jonestown population count to make his commune seem larger and more prosperous than it really was.
A demographics study of Jonestown backs me up. There were adult passports found there, and reports of children found among the dead, and never identified.
The headline figures from the first day add to the same number: 1, Swaney had died several years previously in California and there is no evidence she ever set foot in Guyana. Still, the passport count is certainly inflated by 1, quite likely by 8, and potentially even higher than that. The original body count done by the Guyanese was , and this figure was initially agreed to by U.
Army authorities on site. However, over the next few days, the total of reported dead began to rise quickly. So dead Temple members total. That too is off by 1, as it includes faux defector Larry Layton, who was a gunman in the airport shootout. He was subsequently arrested by the Guyanese and thus did not return home.
What it does say is:. Actually, the early miscounts were understandable. Finally, we were given the official reason for the discrepancy — bodies had fallen on top of other bodies, adults covering children.
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The bodies discovered at first count would have to be able to cover bodies for a total of It seemed the first reports were true, had died, and had fled to the jungle. The American authorities claimed to have searched for people who had escaped, but found no evidence of any in the surrounding area. And they found no one. Soon, American Green Berets were on site as well. Black Watch. Pro : the numbers are right. This is one of those instances where I have to give Judge the benefit of the doubt that he was working in good faith that his source was correct.
Green Berets. Pro : less interdepartmental bureaucracy, with some precedent of this likely happening during the then-recent Vietnam conflict. Con : there is no evidence that Green Berets were deployed to Jonestown.
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Even then, I am not sure I would consider it the most reliable source on this specific matter. Granted, former Temple member Laurie Kahalas had made a cottage industry around similar claims of Green Beret involvement in the Port Kaituma shootout, but these claims started after Black Hole. Besides, I find her theories without merit or credible evidence. Most of the photographs show the bodies in neat rows, face down.
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There are few exceptions. Close shots indicate drag marks, as though the bodies were positioned by someone after death.
Some bodies are in rows, many more are in scattered clumps. The matter has been discussed elsewhere with no definitive explanation available due to lack of living witnesses at the end. Is it possible that the who fled were rounded up by these troops, brought back to Jonestown and added to the body count? If so, the bodies would indicate the cause of death. Some people willingly drank the potion , some were force-fed or force-injected.
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This has been undisputed from the very beginning. Mootoo, the top Guyanese pathologist, was at Jonestown within hours after the massacre. Admittedly, I am unclear if he genuinely if incorrectly thinks that Mootoo arrived sometime on the 19th or Judge is intentionally playing word games to give readers that impression.
We agree that Dr. Either Mootoo was not very observant or he was part of the cover-up. Refusing the assistance of U. Mootoo was reaching a much different opinion. Initially, the press was relying on information that subsequently proved inaccurate or incomplete. There are certain signs that show the types of poisons that lead to the end of life. Cyanide blocks the messages from the brain to the muscles by changing body chemistry in the central nervous system. It is a painful death, breath coming in spurts.
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The other muscles spasm, limbs twist and contort. All these telling signs were absent in the Jonestown dead. Limbs were limp and relaxed, and the few visible faces showed no sign of distortion. Judge ignores that there was more than just potassium cyanide in use, though sources vary slightly as to exactly what. If there is any type of authoritative analysis of what was in the vat with the C stencil and the accompanying syringes, I am unable to immediately locate it.