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Peoples Temple Collection; Box 18, Virtual Item 18, Q635 - Part 2, White Night, berating Stanley Clayton (April  12, 1978) | Special Collections & University Archives

Peoples Temple Collection; Box 18, Virtual Item 18, Q635 - Part 2, White Night, berating Stanley Clayton (April  12, 1978)
April  12, 1978

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 March 6, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B47 #80. This tape was found to contain the following:

This tape appears to be a recording of a "White Night" in Jonestown, Guyana and concerns efforts to counter a petition by former People’s Temple members to obtain custody of children named JOHN and DANA.

Tape consists of rambling discourse by JIM JONES and others on a variety of topics including a statement by JONES that he will sneak out of Guyana himself and take care of these enemies, a statement that JIM COBB (phonetic) and MIKE CANTRELL (phonetic) were violent Trotskyite Terrorists who had planned to bomb the Masonite Corporation until JONES heard about it and stopped it. JONES mentioned that a group of former People’s Temple members had delivered a signed petition to the People’s Temple in San Francisco to have the two children returned.

The bulk of this tape is a lengthy criticism of an individual named STANLEY, who apparently attempted to leave Jonestown and of his girlfriend JANICE for sleeping with him when he returned.

No mention is made in this tape of United States Congressman LEO J. RYAN, any visit by RYAN or any conspiracy to murder RYAN.

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

Phys. Desc:
Original audio cassette tape recording digitized and made available as .mp3 audio file.
ms-0183_18.18 Part 2
Special Collections & University Archives
Found in:
The Jonestown Institute
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