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Peoples Temple Collection; Box 19, Virtual Item 33, Q688- Interviews with youths | Special Collections & University Archives

Peoples Temple Collection; Box 19, Virtual Item 33, Q688- Interviews with youths
Fall 1977

This tape consists of two lengthy interviews with unidentified members of Peoples Temple. The interviewer seems to be the same person in both segments, and is probably Eugene Chaikin, an attorney within the Temple. The first interview is with one woman, although the soft, indecipherable voice of a third person drifts through periodically. The second interview is with several young adult members of the Temple. There is no specific date given, although the first includes a reference to "here in Guyana," so it presumably was made following the mass migrations to the agricultural project in Fall 1977. The second interview was probably made about the same time.

The common thread of the interviews is the Temple's attempt to pull together evidence in the form of affidavits against defectors. The targets of the first are David Parker Wise and Tim Stoen. In the second, Chaikin asks about the activities of the Eight Revolutionaries (also known as the Gang of Eight, although neither label is used in the tape). The eight were members in lower leadership positions who left the Temple in a dramatic defection in 1973 and whose criticisms of Jim Jones were widely publicized.

Full summary of the recording available at Alternative Considerations of Jonestown website, along with the tape transcript.

Phys. Desc:
Original audiocassette tape recording digitized and made available as .mp3 audio file.
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The Jonestown Institute
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