What was the disposition of Jim Jones’ body?

The body of Jim Jones was flown to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, along with the remains of the other Temple members who died in Guyana. He was one of the seven bodies to be autopsied by the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in mid-December 1978.

The FBI had negotiated with two surviving children of the Jones family – Suzanne, the Korean-born adopted daughter who had defected from the Temple a few years before, and Stephan, Jim and Marceline’s only natural-born child who returned from Guyana in early December – over the protocols for the autopsy. After the procedure, the government turned over the remains of the Temple leader to the same two children. After cremating their father, Suzanne and Stephan scattered the remains at sea.

There is also no family monument to Jim Jones.

Last modified on October 22nd, 2013.
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