Wayne Pietila

 

 

Age: 58

 

Summary: longtime mechanic for the transportation services company Cali Bus Party in San Francisco, California who was a former high-ranking associate member of the Peoples Temple congregation led by religious cult leader Rev. Jim Jones whose departure from the church as one of the 'Gang of Eight' defectors that left the organization in the early 1970's was considered as the first major defection prior to the Jonestown mass suicide and massacre that claimed the lives of 918 followers at the cult compound in Guyana on November 18, 1978.

 

 

Cause of Death: Killed in a bus-related accident

 

Born: 1953

 

Died: December 15, 2011

 

Location: San Francisco, California