The Leonard Lopate Show Published by The Leonard Lopate Show Why Did Jonestown End in Mass Suicide? Listen 23 min Queue Download this audio Want to embed this player? Use the code below. More info. <iframe frameborder="0" scrolling="no" height="130" width="100%" src="https://www.wnyc.org/widgets/ondemand_player/wnyc/#file=/audio/json/52782/&share=1"></iframe> Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email a Friend On November 18th, 1978, the largest mass suicide in modern history took place in Guyana. Stanley Nelson investigates what happened at Jonestown in his new documentary, “Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple.