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Peoples Temple Collection; Box 13, Virtual item 1, Q309-B- Jones issues instructions to community

 Digital Record
Identifier: ms-0183_13.01B


  • Digitized: October 7, 1978


Summary Note

Jim Jones reads the news of the day - including two fairly lengthy commentaries - and issues instructions to the Jonestown community. Even though the news takes up the larger portion of the tape, the more important messages come through in its last third. Jones opens the final portion by addressing rumors going around that Ava Jones has been having an adulterous relationship with one (or more) of three married men. He returns to the subject of the "gossip" towards the end of the tape by saying that the young woman feels "motherly" towards these men, and that "[m]ost men, all men, if they would admit it, need some motherliness." He also denies that she came to Guyana to have a baby or an abortion. He concludes the warning about circulating gossip by noting that Ava "doesn't get involved in the sex games." 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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