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Jonestown

It is a small matter in the great catastrophe, but Jonestown was one of the most disturbing newsdays ever. The New York Post was still a recent Murdoch acquisition, and it published rolling editions throughout the day. The morning headlines said that 100 had died in Guiana. By lunch it had become 200. When I ran an errand in the afternoon, it was 400. In the evening commute it was 900. Thereabouts the sickening progression stopped. WFB said it was the strangest story of his lifetime.

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