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Peoples Temple Collection; Box 23, Virtual Item 28 -  Q874 - Part 1 - Radio Transmissions | Special Collections & University Archives

Peoples Temple Collection; Box 23, Virtual Item 28 -  Q874 - Part 1 - Radio Transmissions

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 9, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B102-C9. This tape was found to contain the following:

Side A contains music from Radio Station KSFX and radio transmissions. The radio transmissions concern medical treatment, medical supplies and the term "metallic base drug" is used quite often. The transmissions are between an unidentified female individual and an unidentified male individual, possibly JIM JONES.

Side B also contains radio transmissions between an unidentified female individual and an unidentified male individual, possibly JIM JONES. The tape contains references to the medical field, specifically obstetrics and geriatrics. At one point, the female individual asks the male individual whether or not it is okay to talk about preventative medical training and the male individual answers okay.

In addition, the male makes reference to getting all the notes from IRENE. The computerized code book reflects "IRENE" as a code name for "MARCELINE".

The transmissions further go on to state that the community revolves around agriculture, all themes of the community are in commedy [commodity] form, and entertainment revolves around production.

This portion of the tape appears to contain information the male individual is furnishing to the female individual for inclusion into a report or documentary about the community.

The transmissions then concern affidavits, letters, the State Department, "CHRISTOPHER", and "Mrs. SANTIAGO".

The computerized code book reflects "CHRISTOPHER" as the code name for TIM S[TOEN] and "Mrs. SANTIAGO" as the code name for a division letter.

There is no summary or transcript of this recording, but a full index is available on the Alternative Considerations of Jonestown website.

Phys. Desc:
Original audio cassette tape recording digitized and made available as .mp3 audio file.
ms-0183_23.28 Part 1
Special Collections & University Archives
Found in:
The Jonestown Institute
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