Jeannie Mills

 

Age: 40

 

Summary: author who along with her husband Al Mills (also known as Elmer J. Mertle) had legally changed their names and became prominent opponents to religious cult leader Rev. Jim Jones as one of the early defectors from the People's Temple cult in the mid-1970's, but who later wrote and published the 1980 book Six Years with God about her experience in the cult compound and co-founded the Concerned Relatives of People's Temple Members organization for other defectors who have left cults.

 

 

Cause of Death: Homicide by shooting

 

Born: July 2, 1939

 

Died: February 27, 1980

 

Location: Berkeley, California