Serial 1370x

[Editor’s note: One of the subjects of this serial whose name is deleted is Temple survivor Walter Williams, the deletion of whose name was not complete. The deleted information from the memorandum – designated by brackets – which is known to the editor has been indicated by red type.]

United States Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Date: 12/7/78
To: Mr. Moore
From: J. O. Ingram

Subject: RYMUR


Interview of Terri Buford

Terri Buford was interviewed in the presence of her Attorney Mark Lane at San Jose, California, on 12/6/78. Present at the interview was United States Attorney William Hunter, Northern District of California, and representatives of the FBI. Lane advised that he had developed information that guns were stored in the basement of Charles Garry’s office in San Francisco. Lane stated he telephonically advised Garry on the evening of 12/5/78 to this effect. On 12/6/78 the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) was notified of the facts at which time the SFPD advised that on the evening of 12/5/78 Attorney Charles Garry personally contacted the SFPD and indicated that he had just determined that several weapons were stored in the basement of his office. The SFPD subsequently recovered three handguns in the basement of Garry’s residence. San Francisco is coordinating with the SFPD in an effort to trace these weapons.

During interview of Terri Buford, Lane further advised that his client desired immunity in return for information regarding the contingency plan of the Peoples Temple (PT) regarding possible assassination targets. Lane further indicated that Buford verified to him that the basketball team in Guyana was considered a security force. Lane further advised that Buford possessed information regarding the names of banks and account numbers of the PT in Panama with assets in excess of $5 million. Lane stated that without immunity his client would make no statement and exercise her Fifth Amendment rights. United States Attorney Hunter advised Lane that he would take this matter under advisement and discuss the matter with the Office of the Attorney General of the United


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Ingram to Mr. Moore Memorandum

States. [2 lines deleted]

Interview of Individuals Returning from Guyana at JFK International Airport on 12/6/78.

Seventeen individuals arrived at JFK International Airport during the evening of 12/6/78 and were interviewed by Bureau Agents upon their arrival. [3 lines deleted] indicated that they intended to depart New York directly for San Francisco, therefore a return date was made for Friday, 12/8/78. Two individuals indicated an intent not to travel directly to San Francisco, [line deleted]

Interview of [name deleted] [Walter Williams] disclosed the significance of two code phrases noted by Bureau Agents to be recorded in personal notes and correspondence of previous returnees to the effect “give them my love” and “tell them I miss them.” Williams advised that most phrases were furnished to him 2 to 4 months ago by Karen Layton and Maria Katsaris. [Williams] stated that the phrase “give them my love” meant that Reverend Jim Jones would die and “tell them I miss them” was an indication for assassination squad members to “get the defectors.”

Investigation continues to determine the extent of current use of the above two terms and determine if these terms are part of a current viable plan to carry out violent actions in the future.

[Williams] further advised that his interpretation of an “Angel” was a member of the security squad who was assigned to get rid of defectors and traitors.

[Williams] stated that he had heard that Jim Jones issued instructions to the three PT members who were caught leaving Jonestown with a large sum of money that their own mission was “to survive.” This is apparent reference to the three individuals, Michael Carter, Timothy Carter, and Michael Prokes, who left Georgetown [Jonestown] with a truckful of cash, buried the truck, contacted local police and lead them to where the truck was located, and seized by the police.

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Ingram to Mr. Moore Memorandum

Chuck Kirkendole [Kirkendall] during interview stated that Paula Adams has been living with unknown United States Embassy Officials on and off in Georgetown, Guyana. He recalls delivering a package to an official United States residence in the Camelville section of Georgetown on approximately 10/16/78.

Interview of Thomas Beikman, son of Charles Beikman, who is being held for the murder of Sharon Amos in Guyana, located a notebook in Beikman’s possession containing the phrases “tell them I miss them” and “give them my love.” Beikman denied any other meaning to the above phrases stating that his father Charles furnished the above phrases to him to relate to relatives. Beikman denounced the PT and Jim Jones during interview. When confronted with the alleged true meaning of the phrases Beikman refused to make further comments.

The remaining interviews were essentially nonproductive and returnees gave answers that appeared to be evasive.

Identification of the Dead at Dover, Delaware

On 12/7/78 Identification Division advised that two individuals for which warrants are outstanding in this case have been identified. They are as follows: Wesley Karl Breidenbach, DOB 9/15/59, and Thomas David Kice, Sr., DOB 11/18/35. Identifications of all individuals for which words are outstanding in this matter have been positively identified as deceased.