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Peoples Temple Collection; Box 7, Virtual item 23, Q135- Crisis of October 1977

 Digital Record
Identifier: ms-0183_07.23


  • Digitized: October, 1977


Summary Note

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 7, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B47 #7. This tape was found to contain the following: JIM JONES appears to be very upset and states that if they take twenty people today they will take sixty people tomorrow. JONES further states that if "we all can’t go together we will die together. JONES transmits over the radio requesting any country to grant him and his people asylum. JONES also states that all his people have made a decision to die together if they are given asylum. This tape consists of three parts, made during a time of crisis when Jim Jones and his followers felt under attack, likely in the fall of 1977. In the first segment, Jim Jones, along with a small number of Temple members, is on a small motorized boat on an unnamed river in Guyana. In this heavily-edited tape, Jones says that the Cubans have offered him, his family, and a few of his hand-picked leaders safe passage out of the country, but that not all of the people could go with them. That kills the deal, as far as he's concerned. If they all can't go, none of them will go. "They don't understand what a socialist is made of, that I would go any place without you." Full summary of the recording available at Alternative Considerations of Jonestown website, along with the tape transcript.

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Physical Description Note

Original audio cassette recording digitized and made available as .mp3 audio file.

Publisher Note

Publisher: The Jonestown Institute

Repository Details

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