Peoples Temple Collection; Box 9, Virtual item 05, Q189-Part 1-Jones chastises defectors/conspirators, reads news
- Digitized: June 15, 1978
- Peoples Temple (Organization)
While broken up into several distinct recording sessions, this news tape was likely recorded in a single day. Each segment begins with a few announcements and observations about visitors coming to Jonestown, traitors who have left Jonestown, and press reports about Jonestown. In the first segment, for example, Jim Jones relays information from Guyanese officials that the recently-defected Debbie Layton Blakey has sided with Tim Stoen and is telling “horrible” stories about them. He then notes that both American Embassy officials and a television network have essentially contradicted what the critics have said, and the Guyana government is standing behind Jonestown as well, so they have nothing to worry about. On balance, then, the news is good, which likely accounts for Jones’ tone of voice, ranging from matter-of-fact to upbeat. Full summary of the recording available at Alternative Considerations of Jonestownwebsite, along with the tape transcript.
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Original audio cassette tape recording digitized and made available as .mp3 audio file.
Publisher: The Jonestown Institute