BALDWIN, Mary B.

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Last Name
 
BALDWIN
Given Names
 
Mary B.
AKA's
 
Better known as
 
Date of Birth
 
4/8/1926
Age at Death
 
52
Place of Birth
 
Mississippi*
Residence (US)
 
Los Angeles, California
Residence (JT)
 
Not Known
Residence (JT) Abbreviated
 
Religion
 
Race
 
Black
Gender
 
Female
Information on __Source of Death
 
House Foreign Affairs Committee report; FBI document 89-4286-1302 (prepared 12/78)
Body Identification Number
 
Occupation outside __Peoples Temple
 
Kitchen, house-keeping
Occupation inside __Peoples Temple
 
Government Income
 
Vets
Entry in Guyana
 
Occupation at __Jonestown
 
Birth Mother
 
Birth Father
 
Siblings
 
Partner
 
Children
 
Non-Temple Relatives
 
Family Tree
 
Discrepancies
 
Some records say middle name is Bea; passport name aboveOther records say birthplace is Riverside, Alabama; passport place above
Remembrances
 
“Mary Baldwin is one of the mystery members from Los Angeles. I do not remember her face, and there is a lot else not known about her. Besides the unknowns shown above, there are discrepancies noted with an asterisk (*) on her page: her actual birthplace might have been Riverside, Alabama. Her actual middle name might have been Bea, not the initial B. Edith Roller's Journal (Friday, Aug. 4, 1978) solved one of the mysteries (when she arrived: "Mary Baldwin: told people she wanted to go back to the states. She’s been here three weeks. She says she doesn’t like anything. She says too many bosses, doesn’t like the rain, has to work too hard. Jim says she will be condemned to a hospital bed. She says she’s sorry. Jim says show better attitude." It was the only reference to Mary I found, except for her listing on the Jobs list, where she is shown as "Department: Unknown Job or Unassigned." There, her middle name was Bea. She appears from her page to have had no relatives in Jonestown. What a lonely time she must have had, and how much better it would have been for her to be condemned to a hospital bed than the ultimate sentence she shared with everyone else who was trapped there on November 18th, with no recourse, and no chance to walk out on the so-called "witness" that Jim set up and so neatly sprung on them, by having the babies stealthily poisoned first, before the vat was brought out. It is obvious that Mary was murdered and did not want to die. And the Simons from Middletown, and so many others. I honor them for trying, against inexorable pressures, for complaining, for the stand(s) they made, one and all. I would sure like to know how Mary got to Guyana. What pressures were put on her to go. The lateness of her arrival, her reactions to Jonestown once she got there, all point to something I have long suspected. Jim Jones was trying to get everyone he could there, any way he could, without regard to whether or not they would like it or want to stay. It suited his purpose perfectly. ” - Kathryn Barbour