Robert Flick was a newsman who could have passed for a barroom bouncer.
And standing on the tarmac of an airfield in Port Kaituma, Guyana, on Nov. 18, 1978, moments after a massacre-style shooting by followers of cult leader Jim Jones, he appeared the image of toughness:
"I don't think he would have moved if a tank had come down that airstrip," recalled journalist Ron Javers, another survivor, describing the scene in his later book about Jonestown.
But the episode — an early chapter in what would prove to be one of the most horrifying news events in modern history — did not leave Flick feeling tough.
He lost two of his colleagues — NBC...