|Death: ||Mar. 28, 1970|
She was a member of the People's Temple who died under mysterious circumstances. Maxine Bernice Harpe died on March 28, 1970. She was found in her garage hung by the neck. She grew up in the small Northern California town of Willits where she married her high school sweetheart, had three children and settled down to a quiet life in Talmadge, that is until 1969, when Jim Jones targeted her for assassination. In a little more than a year, he and his aides would destroy her marriage, family, career, and love affair. They would steal her children and her life savings and drive her to the brink of suicide. Temple man and Mendocino County Welfare worker, Jim Randolph, initiated a love affair with her intended to break up her marriage and bring her into the congregation. Every relationship pursued by him, or any other Temple member, required the prior approval of the Temple's Relationship Committee and Jones, who not only issued binding judgments on proposed relationships, but also proposed many himself. She quickly fell in love with Randolph; attesting to Jones' ability to pair villain with victim. Spurred by Randolph's encouragement, she left her husband and moved into a Temple communal house with her three children and Temple member Mary Candoo. During this difficult transition period, she was counseled and encouraged by her welfare caseworker, Linda Sharon Amos, a high ranking Temple aide who claimed to have once been a member of Charles Manson 's gang. Amos helped her secure a job as a dental assistant at the Mendocino State Mental Hospital in Talmadge.
Created by: Natalia Danesi
Record added: Nov 18, 2008
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