Primary Project : Summaries
Summary prepared by Fielding M. McGehee, III. If you use this material, please credit The Jonestown Institute. Thank you.
Tape Number : Q 042, the so-called "Death Tape"
To read the Tape Transcript prepared by Fielding M. McGehee III, click
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FBI Catalogue: Jones Speaking
Date cues on tape: November 18, 1978
Public figures/National and international names:
Jonestown residents, full name unknown:
Bible verses cited:
"The kingdom suffereth violence and the violent shall take it by force." (Matthew 11:12, "The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.")
"It is said by the greatest of prophets from time immemorial: "No man may take my life from me; I lay my life down." (John 10:17-18, "Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.")
"Paul said, 'I was a man born out of due season.' I've been born out of due season, just like all we are, and the best testimony we can make is to leave this goddamn world." (1Corinthians 15:8, "And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.")
This tape was one of the 53 tapes initially withheld from disclosure.
The so-called "death tape" of Jonestown's final hour includes Jim Jones urging
the members of the Jonestown community to come forward to receive the poison
-- first for their children, then for themselves -- as Jones describes the horrors
of what would await those who don't commit revolutionary suicide. There are
two other complete versions of the transcript on this website: that of the
FBI, and that of Mary Maaga. There
are minor differences among these three transcripts. In addition, there are
three excerpts of the tape: that provided by Mark Lane;
that provided by Jonathan Z. Smith; and that provided
by Steve Rose.
This tape was transcribed in its entirety, the only one which
the FBI transcribed and didn't summarize. To go to the FBI's transcript, click
Differences with FBI Summary: Not applicable
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