The next challenge came in 1977 and carried far heavier implications. The magazine New West published a story based on interviews from ten Temple defectors. The article’s authors wrote, “Based on what these people told us, life inside Peoples Temple was a mixture of Spartan regimentation, fear and self-imposed humiliation” (Kilduff and Tracy). Former Temple member Elmer Mertle described a technique used by Jones called “catharsis,” a form of public humiliation. Mertle said in the article:
The first forms of punishment [in the Temple] were mental, where they would get up and totally disgrace and humiliate the person in front of the whole congregation. Jim would then come over and put his arm around the person and say, ‘I realize that you went through a lot, but it was for the cause. Father loves you and you’re a stronger person now. I can trust you more now that you’ve gone through and accepted this discipline.’ (Kilduff and Tracy)
SOURCE: Evidentiary documentary footage from BEAST BARRACKS Channel featuring clandestine organizational personnel engaging in an enhanced disciplinary ordeal involving trauma-based programming with specific algorithm prompts and recently developed psychic driving techniques. Quote excerpted from The Psychological Massacre: Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple by Rose Wunrow.