Julia Scheeres was born in Lafayette, Indiana, and raised in a conservative Christian home. At 17, she was sent to Escuela Caribe, a christian reform school in the Dominican Republic run by Americans. Her adopted brother David was already there. She wrote about her experiences in the memoir "Jesus Land." She now lives in Berkeley, California with her husband and two daughters. Her new book, A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown on the Jonestown mass-murder suicides, is now available for purchase.