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Peoples Temple Collection; Box 8, Virtual item 4, Q151- Jones cures woman in undated sermon | Special Collections & University Archives

Peoples Temple Collection; Box 8, Virtual item 4, Q151- Jones cures woman in undated sermon

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 May 24, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B68-5 (5 inch). This tape was found to contain the following:

A radio broadcast where JIM JONES is curing people.

In this undated tape, Jim Jones cures a woman of the rheumatoid arthritis which has resulted in her being in a wheelchair for seven and a half years. He also heals her as-yet-unborn child of a condition which would have made it “born a mongoloid.”

The FBI identifies this tape as being prepared for radio broadcast, and the tape note from the Temple supports that. There is a slightly more polished aspect to the tape, in that it has a gentle fade-out rather than a harsh tape edit, but the voices of people – including Jones – crying out still overwhelm the microphone at times.

There are also two versions of the short healing. The second has slightly better audio quality. It also includes a single sentence which was edited out of the first version.

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

Phys. Desc:
Original audio cassette recording digitized and made available as .mp3 audio file.
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Found in:
The Jonestown Institute
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