BREIDENBACH, Wesley Karl

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Last Name
 
BREIDENBACH
Given Names
 
Wesley Karl
AKA's
 
Better known as
 
Date of Birth
 
9/15/1959
Age at Death
 
19
Place of Birth
 
Walnut Creek, California
Residence (US)
 
Residence (JT)
 
Cottage 33
Residence (JT) Abbreviated
 
C33
Religion
 
Race
 
Caucasian
Gender
 
Male
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
 
mechanic/ student (PT occupation record); construction (2nd PT occupation record); diesel mechanic apprentice
Occupation inside __Peoples Temple
 
Government Income
 
Entry in Guyana
 
4/24/1977
Occupation at __Jonestown
 
Radio room; Tractor driver; Boat operator (FBI document 89-4286-1207); Airstrip shooter (security) (FBI document 89-4286-1681)
Birth Mother
 
Lois Fontaine Breidenbach, aka Rocky Breidenbach, Rocky Turner
Birth Father
 
Siblings
 
Melanie Lee Breidenbach
Partner
 
Avis Jocelyn Breidenbach, aka Avis Garcia
Children
 
Non-Temple Relatives
 
Family Tree
 
Discrepancies
 
Another record says birthdate is 9/14/1959; passport DOB above
Remembrances
 
“This was one of the players on the 1977 Opportunity High School Cobra baseball team. ” - Anonymous


“Wesley was born on 15 Sept 1959, making me 7 yrs older than him, perfect for dominating, playing practical jokes on, and overall just the right age for being a little brother with all the fabulous perks that come with that. Getting him up and ready for school on Sat, cutting the string on his yo yo just before the finals, convincing him he burned the house down. We were close, he looked a lot like me, was really athletic, was quite handsome, as hinted at before. I introduced him to pinball at the bowling alley...all the good influences parents expect. I graduated when I was 17, so he was just ten and we kinda lost track of each other. That is up until the last year before they all departed. Wesley and Melanie would take twice monthly trips from Ukiah to Napa, where I had a record store, though I'm sure he just wanted to visit (which was strictly forbidden by JJ (DY-NO-MITE). Each time he left, he made sure to have 20 or so of the latest 8 tracks (remember those?). We talked about the future. He jokingly I think said he wanted to be a pimp. He casually mentioned moving to Guyana as a possibility and seemed enthralled with the James Bond East meets West scenario, though I'd heard so many bizarre plans before, I didn't know what to believe. Then, one day I read the New West Magazine article and thought "This is bad" .Way worse than I'd thought up til then. And, in what seemed like a mere instant later, anchorman Judd Hambrick was reading the confirmed dead.The dream was over. My Mom, brother and sister were all gone. And there is no one to pay.” - Harlan Breidenbach