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Peoples Temple Collection; Box 18, Virtual item 8, Q624 Part 1- Phone call between current and former Temple member | Special Collections & University Archives

Peoples Temple Collection; Box 18, Virtual item 8, Q624 Part 1- Phone call between current and former Temple member

This tape consists of two parts: a phone call between a current member and a former member of Peoples Temple; and several lengthy segments rendered unintelligible by a partial and incomplete erasure of the tape. Since Peoples Temple often taped over previously-recorded conversations, it is likely – but not certain – that the Temple was responsible for the erasure.

In Part I, Jenny Cheek, a Temple member, calls a man named David who has apparently recently left the church. The tone of Jenny’s voice makes it seem she is reading from a script, and some of her statements do not acknowledge what Dave has just said in response. She reminds him that he has done a few things that are illegal – “you tape government officials, which is [an] offense,” she says, followed immediately with a blunt assertion that “you [admitted] in writing that you forged a check” – and adds, the fact that Jim Jones has done nothing about it proves that the Temple leader is a friend.

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_18.8 Part 1
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Found in:
The Jonestown Institute
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