Serial 1901

[Editor’s note: The subject of this serial whose name is deleted a single time is Temple member Lee Ingram. The deleted information from the memorandum – designated by brackets – which is known to the editor has been indicated by red type.]

P 221430Z FEB 79
FM MIAMI (89-179) P

Re San Francisco teletype to Bureau, Miami, and Brooklyn-Queens MRA of February 21, 1979.

Lee Ingram, DOB [deleted], People’s Temple security and basketball coach, arrived in Miami International Airport at 8:45 PM, February 21, 1979, on Air Jamaica flight number 29, which departed Kingston, Jamaica.

Ingram was met in Miami International Airport customs service by Miami FBI and Secret Service agents. At direction of San Francisco AUSA, Ingram’s US passport was obtained for forwarding to San Francisco. At this time, [half-line deleted].


[2 lines deleted], United States District Court, Northern District of California, on [date deleted], 1979, at [time deleted] AM. [Ingram] was provided a facsimile copy of [words deleted] which he retained.

Ingram emphatically refused interviewing, photographing, and fingerprinting and stated that he would answer no questions without advice of counsel, attorney Charles Gary [Garry] of Gary, Drefus and McTurnland [Garry, Dreyfus & McTernan], Market Street, San Francisco.

However, Ingram did state that he had been restricted to the confines of his home in Guyana at gunpoint for 17 days but failed to pinpoint the time period and to identify his captors. He stated that he departed Guyana the afternoon of February 21, 1979, en route to Miami and then San Francisco.

Ingram stated that he could be reached only through his attorney; but his luggage tags listed his address as [address deleted] California.

Ingram was to travel via Eastern Airlines flight number 73 to San Francisco departing Miami at 9:45 PM, February 21, 1979, but failed to board. Investigation revealed that he


reserved a seat on American Airlines flight number 693 departing Miami at 9:45 AM on February 22, 1979, arriving San Francisco at 12:24 PM, PST, on February 22, 1979.

At approximately 10:45 PM, February 21, 1979, Bureau agents located Ingram in the lobby area of Miami International Airport. He stated that he had missed his flight as a result of being interviewed and that he expected the Bureau to provide him overnight accommodations. He was told that the interview was concluded prior to his prearranged flight and that his request could not be honored.

For information of San Francisco, Marion Lee Ingram is described as follows: black male, DOB [deleted], in New York, New York, 6’1″, 175 pounds, black hair, black full beard, wearing tinted eyeglasses, and clothed in a black shirt and black bell bottom trousers. He is personally carrying a brown leather, square-shaped brief bag and is in possession of luggage which includes a flower pattern fabric suitcase and a small pink colored stuff bag.

FD-302 and 1A material to follow.

Armed and dangerous; suicidal tendencies.


Originally posted on August 5th, 2020.

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