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1978

Members of the Peoples Temple, a charismatic cult led by Jim Jones, committed coerced suicide by drinking cyanide-laced punch after murdering five people who had come to investigate the cult. One of the five murdered was Congressman Leo Ryan from the San Francisco area, where the Peoples Temple originated. [Sources: California: A History by Kevin Starr, and Wikipedia.]