Serial 1742

[Editor’s note: One of the subjects of this serial whose name is deleted is Charles Garry’s assistant Pat Richartz. The deleted information from the memorandum – designated by brackets – which is known to the editor has been indicated by red type.]

January 25, 1979

Assistant Attorney General
Civil Division
Attention: Stuart Schiffer

Donald W. Moore, Jr.
Assistant Director
Criminal Investigative Division

CIVIL LITIGATION INVOLVING PEOPLES TEMPLE

Enclosed for your assistance in the handling of civil litigation involving the People’s Temple are copies of a group of documents received from [name deleted] [Pat Richartz], assistant to attorney Charles Garry, the People’s Temple (PT) attorney. The enclosures are being furnished to you as they tend to indicate the relationship and proposed relationship of the members to the People’s Temple.

Enclosures (5)

DES/jap

Note: At the 1/5/79, Washington, DC meeting with Associate Attorney General Michael Egan, one of the attendees, Stuart Schiffer, Civil Division, DOJ, indicated an interest in documents which showed a relationship between the members and the Temple. In particular, Schiffer was in hopes of finding a document which indicated a member would give the Temple all of his/her worldly goods in exchange for the Temple taking care of the member for the rest of his/her life – including burial. This would help Schiffer’s case of establishing the Temple’s liability for the debts incurred by the US Government.

Originally posted on August 3rd, 2020.

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