This excerpt from the in-depth novel explains the moment the Jonestown facade began to fall.
“That night, the elaborate charade seemed to be a success. Until the next morning. During an interview, NBC correspondent Don Harris asked Jones about the allegations of mistreatment and imprisonment. Jones denied everything. Harris showed him a note that a resident had slipped him the previous day. “Help us get out of Jonestown,” it said. Next, Edith Parks, a grandmotherly woman with white hair and cat’s-eye glasses walked up to a State department official. “We want to leave,” she said.
The house of cards was tumbling down.”
After that, Jones knew the reporters would put an end to the ‘paradise’ he had built. For a long time he had thought of ways to carry out his plan for “revolutionary suicide” but, as you likely already know, he ultimately went with poisoned Flavor-Aid (a cheap knock-off of Kool-Aid).