Jonestown Audiotape Primary Project:
FBI Summaries Q 1001 – Q 1290

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# Q 1007 — Jones Speaking

MP3 (Pt. 1Pt. 2)

Date of transcription: 7/3/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 14, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B107-16. This tape was found to contain the following:

Monologue by JIM JONES re people who can bail themselves from jail and treason. The monologue is followed by news and commentary.

In addition, numerous portions of the tape contain inaudible voices.

Q 1008 — Music

Date of transcription: 7/3/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 14, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B107-17. This tape was found to contain the following:

Symphony music, theme from Swan Lake and others for 20:33 minutes.

# Q 1009 — Music

To read Tape Summary, click here.

Date of transcription: 7/3/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 14, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B107-18. This tape was found to contain the following:

Symphony music.

# Q 1010 — Music

To read Tape Summary, click here.

Date of transcription: 7/3/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 14, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B107-19. This tape was found to contain the following:

Music.

# Q 1011 — Jones Speaking

Summary and MP3 (Pt. 1Pt. 2).

Date of transcription: 7/2/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 14, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B107-20. This tape was found to contain the following:

Music taped over a people’s rally in San Francisco by JONES who introduces FRED FURTH, an attorney who represented the PT. FURTH gives a talk on various topics and praises PT and tells them that the legal battles can be won. FURTH tells of his interest in being a “Public Interest Senator” in Sacramento, California, and politics their support. HARVEY MILK also spoke at this rally, who at that time was running for the Supervisor of San Francisco.

JONES talks of getting an airplane to take him and others of PT to 27,000 acres in a socialist country. JONES continues on enumerating the problems in the United States and the plight of the people.

Congressman [Assemblyman] WILLIE BROWN also addressed the congregation but most of his speech was covered by music. WILLIE BROWN praised the work and generosity of the “have nots” such as those in PT.

# Q 1012 — Music

To read Tape Summary, click here.

Date of transcription: 7/2/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 14, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B107-21. This tape was found to contain the following:

Music.

# Q 1013 — Music

To read Tape Summary, click here.

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On 6/14/79, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B107-22. This tape was found to contain the following:

Music.

# Q 1014 — Jones Speaking

MP3 (Pt. 1Pt. 2)

Date of transcription: 7/3/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 14, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B107-23. This tape was found to contain the following:

JIM JONES monologue concerning miscellaneous topics such as God, people getting into trouble, and purchase of real estate.

# Q 1015 — Jones Speaking

MP3 (Pt. 1Pt. 2)

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On 6/14/79, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B107-24. This tape was found to contain the following:

A Temple service including a question and answer session between JONES and the congregation. Also included are “healings”.

Q 1015A — Jones Speaking

SummaryTranscript, and MP3.

Date of transcription: 7/2/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 14, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B107-25. This tape was found to contain the following:

Reverend JIM JONES curing people at PT celebrations for 6:25 minutes.

# Q 1016 — Jones Speaking

SummaryTranscript, and MP3.

Date of transcription: 7/2/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 14, 1979, Special Agent reviewed (name deleted) the tape numbered 1B107-26. This tape was found to contain the following:

Reverend JIM JONES leading a sing-along PT celebration and he calls for a Christian socialism. Various members give their praise to JIM JONES from 1972.

# Q 1017 — Jones Speaking

MP3 (Pt. 1Pt. 2)

Date of transcription: 7/2/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 14, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B107-27. This tape was found to contain the following:

JIM JONES conducting a sermon and exhorting the members to giveup [give up] the materialistic life in favor of a simple existence. It appears this tape was made in Indianapolis, Indian [Indiana]. He tells the members to sell everything and follow him.

# Q 1018 — Jones Speaking

TranscriptSummary, and MP3 (Pt. 1Pt. 2).

Date of transcription: 7/2/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 14, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B107-28. This tape was found to contain the following:

A recording of a peoples rally led by JIM JONES.

# Q 1019 — Jones Speaking

TranscriptSummary, and MP3 (Pt. 1Pt. 2).

Date of transcription: 7/2/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 14, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B107-31. This tape was found to contain the following:

A PT rally led by JIM JONES.

# Q 1020 — Jones Speaking

MP3 (Pt. 1Pt. 2)

Date of transcription: 7/3/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 14, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B107-29. This tape was found to contain the following:

Rev. JIM JONES holding a PT meeting wherein he prophesizes a catastrophy [catastrophe] for the world and California except for Redwood Valley. He continues to give his sermon of salvation and socialism.

# Q 1020a — Jones Speaking

SummaryTranscript, and MP3.

Date of transcription: 7/3/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 14, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B107-30. This tape was found to contain the following:

Reverend JIM JONES sermonizing and claiming to be God for 3:31 minutes.

# Q 1021 — Jones Speaking

TranscriptSummary, and MP3.

Date of transcription: 7/3/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 14, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B107-32. This tape was found to contain the following:

PT, Redwood Valley, Tuesday night meeting with announcements and directives. JONES helps some members to recognize their faults and dwells on the problems surrounding sex and everybody taking up his time.

# Q 1021a — Jones Speaking

To read Tape Summary, click here.
To read Tape Transcript, click here. To read the Annotated Tape Transcript, click here.
Listen to MP3.

Date of transcription: 7/3/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 14, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B107-33. This tape was found to contain the following:

JIM JONES speaking before a group about the PT, the Church, and miscellaneous topics. JONES also engages the group in questions and answers with discussion.

# Q 1022 — Jones Speaking

TranscriptSummary, and MP3.

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On 6/15/79, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B107-34. This tape was found to contain the following:

An entire side of the tape was devoted to sermons by JONES and a question and answer session over which JONES presided. The remaining portions of the tape were either blank or of no evidentiary value.

# Q 1023 — Jones Speaking

SummaryTranscript, and MP3.

Date of transcription: 7/3/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 14, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B107-35. This tape was found to contain the following:

Unidentified individuals praising JIM JONES and his healing powers followed by JIM JONES soliciting donations and talking about Socialism. The tape concludes with JONES telling people to think positively and unselfishly.

# Q 1024 — Jones Speaking

To read Tape Summary, click here.
To read Tape Transcript, click here. To read the Annotated Tape Transcript, click here.
Listen to MP3 (Pt. 1Pt. 2, Pt. 3).

Date of transcription: 7/2/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 14, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B107-36. This tape was found to contain the following:

A recording of a peoples rally led by JIM JONES

# Q 1025 — Jones Speaking

To read Tape Summary, click here.
To read Tape Transcript, click here. To read the Annotated Tape Transcript, click here.
To listen to MP3, click here.

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On 6/14/79, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B107-37. This tape was found to contain the following:

Portions of numerous Temple services, including local and national political commentary by JIM JONES, “healings and preachings”.

# Q 1026 — Jones Speaking

MP3.

Date of transcription: 7/2/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 14, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B107-38. This tape was found to contain the following:

A short portion of a lesson on current events by JIM JONES with the remainder of the tap [tape] being blank.

# Q 1027 — Jones Speaking

To read Tape Summary, click here.
To read Tape Transcript, click here. To read the Annotated Tape Transcript, click here.
Listen to MP3 (Pt. 1Pt. 2).

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On 6/14/79, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B107-39. This tape was found to contain the following:

JIM JONES speaking before a group in January, 1973 re miscellaneous topics to include ANGELA DAVIS and threats against the People’s Temple in Redwood Valley.

# Q 1028 — Jones Speaking

TranscriptSummary, and MP3.

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On 6/14/79, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B107-40. This tape was found to contain the following:

A recording of JIM JONES speaking at a peoples rally.

# Q 1029 — Jones Speaking

MP3 (Pt. 1Pt. 2)

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On 6/15/79, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B108-1. This tape was found to contain the following:

The first 12:25 minutes of side #1 is of JONES taped backwards. At 12:44 Reverend JONES begins speaking about betrayals and traitors leaving Jonestown and threatens them with burning down Jonestown. JONES lectures on socialism and deals with problems at Jonestown. Ends with a song.

Review of first 12:25 minutes of side #1 disclosed that it was Reverend JONES talking about problems at Jonestown such as wasting food. He also talks about the military weapons being developed to kill all minorities. JONES criticizes Reverend JESSE JACKSON for his rejection of SCLC and socialism.

# Q 1030 — Jones Speaking

MP3 (Pt. 1Pt. 2)

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On 6/15/79, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B108-2. This tape was found to contain the following:

JIM JONES speaking before a group re miscellaneous items such as the Nation of Islam, newsman printing false story about JIM JONES, Muslim’s position on race, racism, capital punishment, JOHN BIRCH Society, Unity of the People’s Temple, and how to get people off of drugs.

# Q 1031 — Jones Speaking

MP3.

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On 6/14/79, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B108-3. This tape was found to contain the following:

A sermon given by JIM JONES where he speaks of his healing powers.

# Q 1032 — Jones Speaking

SummaryTranscript, and MP3.

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 15, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B108-4. This tape was found to contain the following:

JIM JONES preaching.

# Q 1033 — Jones Speaking

MP3 (Pt. 1Pt. 2)

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On 6/15/79, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B108-5. This tape was found to contain the following:

A lecture given by JIM JONES on Christianity

# Q 1034 — Jones Speaking

MP3 (Pt. 1Pt. 2)

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On 6/15/79, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B108-6. This tape was found to contain the following:

Reverend JIM JONES gives a sermon at a public Peoples Temple meeting with singing. He announces some of his revelations and recounts some of his cancer cures. He then rants about societies’ ills and mistreatment of niggers.

This tape was reviewed and nothing was contained thereon which was considered to be of evidentiary nature or beneficial to the investigation of the murder of Congressman RYAN.

# Q 1035 — Jones Speaking

SummaryTranscript, and MP3.

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 15, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B108-7. This tape was found to contain the following:

JIM JONES speaking before a group regarding miscellaneous topics such as:

(1) God

(2) Adam and Eve

(3) People trying to “mess up” JIM JONES

(4) BILLY GRAHAM

# Q 1053-1 — Jones Speaking

TranscriptSummary, and MP3.

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 15, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B108-8. This tape was found to contain the following:

Portions of several Temple services, including JIM JONES preaching, “healing” and question and answer sessions.

# Q 1053A-2 — Jones Speaking

MP3 (Pt. 1Pt. 2).

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 15, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B108-9. This tape was found to contain the following:

Unidentified people giving testimony to Socialism and People’s Temple, Reverend JIM JONES comes on and voices his beliefs on Socialism and the need for the members to go to the land that he has chosen for them where they can have freedom. Reverend JONES cures a woman of cancer.

# Q 1053-3 — Jones Speaking

To read Tape Summary, click here.
To read Tape Transcript, click here. To read the Annotated Tape Transcript, click here.
Listen to MP3 (Pt. 1Pt. 2).

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 15, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B108-10. This tape was found to contain the following:

A recording of JIM JONES lecturing on police corruption and how the white people are systematically doing away with the black people.

# Q 1053-4 — Jones Speaking

TranscriptSummary, and MP3.

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 15, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B108-11. This tape was found to contain the following:

Reverend JIM JONES holding a People’s Temple celebration in San Francisco. He covers a wide spectrum of examples of the good of socialism and castigates peoples’ belief in religions and the evils of United States society. JONES lectures about violence and non-violence.

# Q 1053-5 — Jones Speaking

MP3 (Pt. 1Pt. 2).

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 15, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B108-12. This tape was found to contain the following:

JIM JONES talking about the People’s Temple in Redwood Valley and giving sermon.

# †Q 1053-6 — Jones Speaking

TranscriptSummary, and MP3.

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 15, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B108-13. This tape was found to contain the following:

JIM JONES delivering recorded radio sermons. All of these sermons concern the revelations of JONES, the healing miracles performed by JONES and end with an invitation to come to People’s Temple.

# Q 1054-1 — Jones Speaking

MP3 (Pt. 1Pt. 2).

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 15, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B108-14. This tape was found to contain the following:

A recording of JIM JONES lecturing on current events.

# Q 1054-2 — Jones Speaking

MP3 (Pt. 1Pt. 2).

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 15, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B108-15. This tape was found to contain the following:

JIM JONES conducting an evening church service. He discusses church finances and possibilities for expansion and a building program and expansion of church membership. JONES interrupts the service to expell [expel] some Jehovah’s Witnesses and states, “You racist honkies, I’ll put a rattlesnake in your bed.” JONES later relates some more of his “miracles.”

# Q 1054-3 — Jones Speaking

TranscriptSummary, and MP3.

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 15, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B108-16. This tape was found to contain the following:

JIM JONES giving a sermon regarding topics such as God, social conditions, and his powers of healing.

# Q 1054-4 — Jones Speaking

MP3 (Pt. 1Pt. 2).

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 15, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B108-17. This tape was found to contain the following:

Preaching and commentary by JIM JONES, including some comparatively traditional Christian concepts.

# Q 1055-1 — Jones Speaking

To read Tape Summary, click here.
To read Tape Transcript, click here. To read the Annotated Tape Transcript, click here.
Listen to MP3 (Pt. 1Pt. 2).

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 15, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B108-18. This tape was found to contain the following:

Reverend JIM JONES preaching on the power of his mind and asking the people to let Jesus into their minds. JONES claims God is in him and proceeds to heal people and recounts other healings and raisings from the dead. This tape was apparently made at San Francisco Temple. JONES talks in a religious vein and about God for the entire tape and doesn’t mention socialism.

# Q 1055-2 — Jones Speaking

To read Tape Summary, click here.
To read Tape Transcript, click here. To read the Annotated Tape Transcript, click here.
Listen to MP3 (Pt. 1Pt. 2).

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 15, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B108-19. This tape was found to contain the following:

JONES continues on in the religious theme and talks of his healings and the people he has saved. He has some healings during the service and prophesizes.

# Q 1055-3 — Jones Speaking

MP3 (Pt. 1Pt. 2).

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 15, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B108-20. This tape was found to contain the following:

Portions of Temple services by JIM JONES including social and psuedo religious commentary and preaching and also including testimonials from Temple members.

# Q 1055-4 — Jones Speaking

MP3 (Pt. 1Pt. 2).

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 15, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B108-21. This tape was found to contain the following:

Reverend JIM JONES talks about the evils of capitalism and the glories of socialism and severely critizes [criticizes] all religions.

# Q 1056-1 — Jones Speaking

MP3 (Pt. 1Pt. 2).

Date of transcription: 6/21/70 [1979]

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 16, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B108-22. This tape was found to contain the following:

JIM JONES talking about the power of the mind, God, and the institution of christianity [Christianity].

JONES also talks about seven People’s Temple members who were resurrected and states that medicine and spiritual healing complement one another.

# Q 1056-2 — Jones Speaking

MP3 (Pt. 1Pt. 2).

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 15, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B108-23. This tape was found to contain the following:

Reverend JIM JONES commentary on the power of the mind. 5:55 minutes into the tape Reverend JONES is taped holding a People’s Temple celebration praising God while denouncing capitalism. Tape continues with Reverend JONES commenting on God’s work.

# †Q 1056-3 — Jones Speaking

To read Tape Summary, click here.
To read the Annotated Tape Transcript, click here.
To read Tape Transcript, click here.
Listen to MP3 (Pt. 1Pt. 2).

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 16, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B108-24. This tape was found to contain the following:

JIM JONES talking about the church and how God has been reincarnated in the People’s Temple. As a part of the talk, he includes comments about sin, morality, Jesus, the “all-ness” of God, and the thought of prayer. JONES also states that he wishes to thank people in radio land for the privilege of bringing them the Christ truth. JIM JONES then gives a sermon about Jesus and misinterpretations of the bible.

# Q 1056-4 — Jones Speaking

To read Tape Summary, click here.
To read Tape Transcript, click here. To read the Annotated Tape Transcript, click here.
Listen to MP3 (Pt. 1Pt. 2).

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 16, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B108-25. This tape was found to contain the following:

Reverend JIM JONES holding a People’s Temple service where he criticizes the efforts of other pastors to downgrade him. Healings and revelations are recounted.

# Q 1056-5 — Jones Speaking

MP3 (Pt. 1Pt. 2).

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 16, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B108-26. This tape was found to contain the following:

Reverend JIM JONES holding a service and talks about the power of plants versus meat. He preaches salvation and solicits “pledges” from those in attendance. JONES is on tape for 14:45 minutes and the rest of the tape is blank.

# Q 1057-1 — Jones Speaking

MP3 (Pt. 1Pt. 2).

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 16, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B108-27. This tape was found to contain the following:

JIM JONES conducting a sermon wherein he tells the members how devoted he is to them. Later he exhorts the members to donate more money to People’s Temple. JONES comments that “the Bible is your enemy … there’s no truth in it.” JONES concludes by cataloging the “evils” of Christianity.

# Q 1057-2 — Jones Speaking

TranscriptSummary, and MP3.

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 16, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B108-28. This tape was found to contain the following:

Reverend JONES shows his bullet wounds and talks about his powers. He tells of some of the miracles that have occurred as a result of people believing in JIM JONES. This meeting was in San Francisco. The rest of this tape JONES deals with members, such as JIM COBB, who have just deserted the People’s Temple.

# Q 1057-3 — Jones Speaking

TranscriptSummary, and MP3.

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 16, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B108-29. This tape was found to contain the following:

Reverend JIM JONES at Redwood Valley People’s Temple celebration and also talks about some of the people who have left the church. Discussion concerns the day-to-day workings of the church.

# Q 1057-4 — Jones Speaking

TranscriptSummary, and MP3 (Pt. 1Pt. 2).
To read the Annotated Tape Transcript, click here.

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 16, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B108-30. This tape was found to contain the following:

JIM JONES commenting on Watergate and comparing the United States with HITLER’s Germany. JONES states, “I am God and there is no other God before me.”

“In the next few days we’re gonna get some land south of the equator … we’ll have to move as one people … and they’re not going to stop us if they try we’ll raise so much hell they’ll hear us all the way to the White House … try to take one little thing away from us and see if we don’t fight like hell.”

JONES concludes by cataloging all the good things he has done for his “children.”

# Q 1057-5 — Jones Speaking

TranscriptSummary, and MP3.

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 16, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B108-31. This tape was found to contain the following:

JIM JONES speaking before the People’s Temple stating that he is giving the people Christ and then goes on to talk about miscellaneous topics such as his healing powers, that the greatest resurrection is of the mind, the Ku Klux Klan, and socialism.

# Q 1058-1 — Jones Speaking

MP3 (Pt. 1Pt. 2).

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 16, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B108-32. This tape was found to contain the following:

JIM JONES speaking before a People’s Temple group regarding Socialism, God, the domination of mind over body, a promised land the People’s Temple has in the jungle, and how he brought people out of comas.

JONES also talks about him raising people from the dead.

# Q 1058-2 — Jones Speaking

TranscriptSummary, and MP3.

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 16, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B108-33. This tape was found to contain the following:

Reverend JIM JONES preaching and sermonizing. There is also Reverend JONES in a religious broadcast. The rest of the tape Reverend JONES preaches and shouts his religious views and thoughts.

# Q 1058-3 — Jones Speaking

TranscriptSummary, and MP3.

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 16, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B108-34. This tape was found to contain the following:

JIM JONES reading a Berkeley Gazette article on HUEY NEWTON and CHARLES GARRY. JONES states later, “If you’re with me you’re with Socialism.” He then delivers a long diatribe on racism and how terrible it is to live in the United States. He concludes by taking up a collection and admonishments for not contributing.

# Q 1058-4 — Jones Speaking

MP3 (Pt. 1Pt. 2).

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 16, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B108-35. This tape was found to contain the following:

JIM JONES delivering a firey [fiery] sermon on racial fellowship. This recording was made when JONES was 28 years old.

# Q 1059-1 — Jones Speaking

TranscriptSummary, and MP3.

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 16, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B108-36. This tape was found to contain the following:

Reverend JIM JONES begins with “For some unexplained set of reasons, I happened to be selected to be God.” He then goes on to preach and recount his many miracles. He continues to praise himself and the good works of his church, the People’s Temple.

# Q 1059-2 — Jones Speaking

TranscriptSummary, and MP3.

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 16, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B108-37. This tape was found to contain the following:

JIM JONES talking before an assembly of People’s Temple members regarding God; how good it is to be a Socialist; how JONES cared for orphans in Brazil; healing Pople’s [Peoples] Temple members of their physical disorders; light-colored dark people who believe they are better than other dark people; Hiroshima; Vietnam; and Wounded Knee.

# Q 1059-3 — Jones Speaking

TranscriptSummary, and MP3.

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 16, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B108-38. This tape was found to contain the following:

JIM JONES delivering a talk on social injustice in the United States. This tape was recorded in 1972 in Redwood Valley.

This is followed by JONES calling people out and performing healing “miracles.”

# Q 1059-4 — Jones Speaking

TranscriptSummary, and MP3.

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 17, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B108-39. This tape was found to contain the following:

JIM JONES conducting several Temple services, including preaching and question and answer sessions.

# Q 1059-5 — Jones Speaking

TranscriptSummary, and MP3.

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 17, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B108-40. This tape was found to contain the following:

JIM JONES conducting Temple services and preaching, some with quite a Socialist content. (From context, tape was made during President FORD’s administration, probably 1974.)

# Q 1059-6 — Jones Speaking

TranscriptSummary, and MP3.

Date of transcription: 7/2/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 21, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B110-1. This tape was found to contain the following:

JIM JONES concluding a sermon on the “evils” of the Bible.

# Q 1289 

SummaryTranscript, and MP3.

[Editor’s Note: The FBI did not have this tape nor Q 1290 in its possession when it analyzed the other tapes recovered from Jonestown. The agency’s notes may be found on Serials 2232 on FBI Section 33 and 2341 on Section 35, respectively. The tape consists of telephone calls made by officials of the U.S. Embassy in Goergetown on November 18, 1978.]

# Q 1290 

SummaryTranscript, and MP3.

[Editor’s Note: The FBI did not have this tape nor Q 1289 in its possession when it analyzed the other tapes recovered from Jonestown. The agency’s notes may be found on Serials 2232 on FBI Section 33 and 2341 on Section 35, respectively. The tape consists of telephone calls made by officials of the U.S. Embassy in Goergetown on November 18, 1978.]

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