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Peoples Temple Collection; Box 10, Virtual item 1, Q217- Jones criticizes escapees, promises move to Soviet Union

 Digital Record
Identifier: ms-0183_10.01


Summary Note

Recorded one month before the arrival of Rep. Leo Ryan, this Jonestown tape consists of three sessions of Jim Jones reading the news and issuing instructions to the community (although it could be a single recording session behind the microphone, with an adjustment to the equipment partway through for better sound fidelity). Jones’ two major messages for the community are a carrot and a stick. The stick is the repetition of a warning about attempts to escape. Runaways will be dealt with harshly, Jones says, but not by their comrades. In fact, he says, they won’t waste their time looking for missing persons. But Guyanese military authorities – with whom Jones says he is friends – will arrest them, because “it is illegal to run away and be in the jungle. It’s a crime to be running loose in the jungle. It’s considered a menace to health, [and] the police will hold you responsible.” 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 tape recording digitized and made available as .mp3 audio file.

Publisher Note

Publisher: The Jonestown Institute

Repository Details

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