Laura Johnston Kohl

Laura Johnston Kohl lived with both the Peoples Temple and Synanon cults. After a fluke saved her from the deaths in Jonestown on Nov. 18, 1978, she struggled but persevered, earning her B.A. in philosophy/psychology, then her California Teaching Credential. She is on the Speakers’ Bureau of the Jonestown Institute, and has been interviewed locally, nationally, and internationally for TV, radio, newspapers, research papers, and documentaries. She has written many articles about the details of life in Peoples Temple and her survival, and for the annual Jonestown Report. Kohl is the author of Jonestown Survivor: An Insider’s Look, and is currently working on her second book.