What specific reason did Jimmy Jones use to convince his followers at Jonestown, Guyana to commit suicide?
It was not so much a matter as convincing as it was forcing. Babies and children were the first ones to ingest the mixture as it was squirted into their throats with a syringe. The elderly followed, and then the adults. Many blindly drank it even after watching their children die. The rest had the mixture poured down their throats after resisting drinking. Bodies also bore the marks of hypodermic needles with which the poison was injected. Some sources assert there were injections into unwilling victims . Those who tried to hide were tracked down and killed by Jones’s armed guards but some survivors did manage to escape into the jungle. Jim Jone’s only natural son, Stephan Jones, who happened to be away during the suicide, asserted in an interview that people were probably not coerced but wanted to remain loyal to the group and its ideals and did not want to be seen as traitors.