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Summary prepared by Fielding M. McGehee, III. If you use this material, please credit The Jonestown Institute. Thank you.
Tape Number : Q 291
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FBI Catalogue Identified Individuals Speaking
FBI preliminary tape identification note: Labeled in part “Broadcast with Special Guest”
Date cues on tape: Late August/early September 1978, during Don Freed visit to Jonestown
Public figures/National and international names:
John F. Kennedy, assassinated U.S. President
Robert Kennedy, assassinated U.S. Senator, presidential candidate
J. Edgar Hoover, director of the FBI
Ethel & Julius Rosenberg, American communists and executed spies
Martin Luther King Jr.. assassinated civil rights leader
Lee Harvey Oswald, alleged assassin of President Kennedy
James Earl Ray, convicted assassin of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Frank Holloman, Memphis Director of Fire and Police (by reference)
Ed Reddick (phonetic), warrant officer in Memphis
Arthur Koestler, author
Norman Mailer, author
Donald Freed, author and screenwriter (speaks)
Mark Lane, Temple attorney
Bible verses cited: None
(This tape was transcribed and summarized by Katherine Hill. The editors gratefully acknowledge her invaluable assistance.)
This tape consists of two brief interviews with author and playwright Donald Freed, who visited Jonestown in the company of Temple attorney Mark Lane in late August/early September 1978. Recorded for broadcast as part of a Peoples Temple radio show in Guyana, the interviews are conducted by Mike Prokes, Harriet Tropp, and Richard Tropp.
The first interview features Freed’s lengthy descriptions of his favorable impressions of Jonestown. Focusing primarily on ideology and dialectics, Freed says Jonestown has a transformative power over its residents. Those who were downtrodden and disenfranchised in the United States are able to rechannel their hate toward oppressors. Energy generated by hate translates into hard work. In essence, the hate is transformed into love because the results of the labor support everyone in the Jonestown community. Freed characterizes the work of Jonestown residents as “extremely sophisticated human behavior.” The first interview concludes with Freed listing a variety of projects that he is currently pursuing.
A taped interview of DONALD FREED, during his visit to Jonestown. FREED expresses his views on life in Jonestown.
Differences with FBI Summary:The summary is accurate and meets the FBI’s purposes.
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