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Peoples Temple Collection; Box 13, Virtual item 12, Q323A- News; discussion of Leo Ryan's visit

 Digital Record
Identifier: ms-0183_13.12A


  • Digitized: November 11, 1978


Summary Note

This tape consists of several sections, all of which seem to have been recorded on Thursday, November 9, through Saturday, November 11, 1978. Jim Jones broadcasts the news, but as the tape continues, he adds more and more about the impending visit of Leo Ryan and his party. The last section dispenses with the news altogether, in favor of warnings. As with many newscasts, Jones seems to rely upon Soviet or Eastern bloc news sources. Most of the international news items speak of "liberation struggles" and "black nationalist" movements, rather than referring to them as "guerrillas" or "rebels" or "insurgents." The items themselves focus on more international news than most Americans are used to, especially in their coverage of Cuba, Africa and Eastern bloc countries. In addition, the editorial comment that laces through the news ­ when not that of Jones ­ speaks of the bravery of the liberation forces. Jones does add his own comments, though, putting stories in the context of object lessons for the people of Jonestown, as well as his own apocalyptic worldview which will finds its final voice within a week of the tape's last message. 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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