Serial 2016

United States Government
Memorandum

Date: 2/15/79

To: Director, FBI (89-4286)
From: Legat, Caracas (89-4) (P)
Subject: RYMUR

Enclosed are eight original FD-302s and one original document regarding subject.

The Bureau is requested to forward these documents to the office of origin, San Francisco, for their appropriate use.

[Page 2 – Photocopy of manila envelope]

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Embassy of the
United States of America
Georgetown, Guyana

Date 12/14/78

On December 7, 1978, Special Agent (SA) [name deleted] and Detective [name deleted], Criminal Intelligence Division (CID), Guyana National Police (GNP), traveled to Jonestown, Guyana, via United States Army helicopter. SA [name deleted] and Detective [name deleted] conducted a search of the “pavilion area” for any and all audio and video recordings. SA [name deleted] and Detective [name deleted] also conducted a search for similar material in and around all other buildings at Jonestown to which access could be gained.

On December 7, 1978, SA [name deleted] and Detective [name deleted] removed from Jonestown five wooden containers approximately two feet by two feet by three and a half feet containing approximately 200 videocassettes, 11 reels and 12 cassettes of audio recordings. These items were transmitted via United States Army helicopter from Jonestown to Georgetown, Guyana, and immediately transported to CID headquarters in Georgetown.

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Embassy of the
United States of America
Georgetown, Guyana

Date 12/15/78

The following radio equipment, which had been at Jonestown, was examined on December 11, 1978, at the American Consulate in Georgetown, Guyana:

Yaesu F112100B
Serial number 7V200095
F11 101 linear amplifier

Yaesu Land Liner
Phone patch
No serial number

T-Matic 150
Film strip reviewer
Serial number E 4560

TEAC 3300 reel to reel tape recorder
Serial number 15658

Johnson Messinger 123 SJ; CB radio
No serial number

Swan P-1215 A power supply
Serial number 18887

Swan MB 40-A tuner
Serial number 14943

Shure Model M67 mixer
No serial number

Kenwood R559D Model
Receiver
Serial number 730216

[Page 5 of serial; page 2 of document]

CAR 89-4
RJO/mdh

McIntosh 2120 model
Amplifier
Serial number AW2243

CMI Power Supply 100 XB
Serial number 3921

Pioneer SX 6000
Receiver
Serial number TD 1227943

Dyna-Com 3B by Lafayette
Walkie-talkie CB transceiver
Serial number 0235040022

Dyna-Com 3B by Lafayette
Serial number 06 35021207

Dyna-Com 3B by Lafayette
Serial number 0235340430

Realistic TRC-99C CB
Serial number 35334 6A4

Realistic TRC-25A CB
Serial number QC 6A2012

Realistic TRC-200 CB
No serial number

Johnson CB Matchbox
No serial number

Johnson CB Antenna Match
No serial number

Johnson Messinger 123SJ
CB Radio
Serial number 0023J067D 88283

Hallicrafters
Model SX-62A
Receiver
Serial number 256063

[Page 6 of serial; page 2 of document]

CAR 89-4
RJO/mdh

Electronic Keyer
No serial number

Microphone Desk-type
No serial number

Three Code Keys
(Morse code type)

One small speaker

One small antenna
(screw on type)

Sears 8 mm projector
No serial number

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FD-302

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Date of transcription 12/14/78

From December 4, 1978, through December 12, 1978, Special Agents (SAs) [names deleted], Robert Oglesby, Jr. and [name deleted] reviewed material contained in 26 wooden boxes, various cardboard boxes, suitcases, footlockers and plastic bags. All of the above material and containers were in a locked room located in the United States Consulate in Georgetown, Guyana. These items were in the custody of Doug Ellice, Consul of the United States of America, having been placed there by Richard Martin, Vice Consul of the United States of America at Caracas, Venezuela, one on temporary duty at Georgetown, Guyana.

All of the above material was removed from Jonestown, Guyana on November 24, 1978, under the direction of Martin.

After reviewing all of the above material, 11 wooden boxes approximately two feet by two feet by three and a half feet, were set aside for the purpose of transporting material which was of interest to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). These boxes contains records relating to the following activities of People’s Temple and People’s Temple members:

1) Financial and property records
2) Activities in the United States of America
3) Contacts with Guyana citizens/Government officials
4) List of People’s Temple members
5) Possible Bondage/Restrictions of members, including children
6) Foreign contacts
7) FBI records
8) Miscellaneous
9) Weapons
10) Codes
11) Miscellaneous court cases
12) Miscellaneous sampling of People’s Temple activities

In addition to the above four of these 11 boxes containing videotapes, audiotapes, super eight and 16mm prints.

On December 27, 1978, United States Ambassador John Burke released the above material to the FBI for transmittal to FBI Headquarters.

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FD-302

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Date of transcription 12/14/78

From December 4, 1978, through December 12, 1978, Special Agents (SAs) [names deleted], Robert Oglesby, Jr. and [name deleted] reviewed material contained in a locked room at the United States Consulate in Georgetown, Guyana. Below is a listing of all video and audio recordings located by the above Agents:

417 seven-inch reels (audio recordings)
247 cassettes (audio recordings)
8 five-inch reels (audio recordings)
1 two-inch reel (audio recording)
2 eight-track cartridges (audio recordings)
44 videocassettes
19 super eight movie reels
4 super eight sound cartridges
1 10-inch super eight reel
2 16mm print reels
1 plastic bag of miscellaneous audiotape

All of the above items are placed in four wooden boxes for shipment to FBI Headquarters. On December 27, 1978, United States Ambassador John Burke released the above material to the FBI for shipment to FBI Headquarters.

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FD-302

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Date of transcription 12/20/78

Mr. T. Dennis Reece, Vice Consul of Third Secretary of the American Embassy at Georgetown, Guyana, advised on December 14, 1978, that someone from a military group had brought a box containing Federal Bureau of Investigation/Freedom of Information Privacy Act (FBI/FOIPA) documents into the American Embassy and have left this box for Mr. Victor Dikeos. He explained that Mr. Dikeos is the Deputy Chief of Mission in Panama and had been temporarily serving in Georgetown, Guyana. Mr. Dikeos has since returned to Panama.

Vice Consul Reece advised he is a former FBI employee and had noticed that the documents appeared to pertain to the FBI. He explained that there was a letter of transmittal from the military attached to the documents and that all the documents have been sent over to the room in the Consulate or all of the documents pertaining to the Peoples Temple were stored.

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Embassy of the
United States of America
Georgetown, Guyana

Date 2/12/79

On January 9, 1979, Ambassador John R. Burke at Georgetown, Guyana, released to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) 15 cases of documents to be examined by the FBI and to be returned to Georgetown.

On January 19, 1979, the above 15 cases of documents were shipped via Pan-American flight 228 to the FBI at New York, New York.

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Embassy of the
United States of America
Georgetown, Guyana

Date 12/18/78

Assistant Commissioner of Guyana National Police (GNP) C.E. Roberts, released seven wooden containers containing videocassettes, reels and cassettes of audio recordings for examination by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The above seven cases were carried to Washington, DC on January 30, 1979, by Legal Attaché Robert J. Oglesby, Jr. and Assistant Commissioner Roberts.

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Embassy of the
United States of America
Georgetown, Guyana

Date 12/18/78

On December 16, 1978, one seven-inch reel of tape with pickup reel was returned to the American Ambassador John Burke at the Embassy in Georgetown, Guyana. This seven-inch reel of tape had previously been furnished to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at Georgetown on December 4, 1978, and copies of this tape have been made for examination purposes by the FBI. This was a tape that had been removed from the pavilion area at Jonestown about November 24, 1978, by Vice Consul Richard Martin.

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MEMORANDUM FOR THE RECORD:

I, Richard Martin, a Vice Consul of the United States of America, was temporarily assigned to the US Embassy Guyana on 19 November 1978. I was assigned responsibility for the preservation and protection of the personal estates of the deceased American citizens pursuant to 22 USC Sec. 1175 et seq and 7 FAM Sec, 444, and for the identification of the American citizen survivors there. In this capacity, I visited Jonestown, Guyana on 23 November 1978 and again on 24 November 1978. Vandalism and pilferage had been so extensive when I initially arrived in Jonestown that identification of individual personal effects was impossible. Residential buildings were only marked by numbers. I collected various items which in my judgment were the property of deceased US citizens and transported them to the US Consulate at Georgetown. There follows a brief description other types of property collected and the locations where found:

Passports (64) – Office
Treasury Checks – Office
Costume Jewelry – Office
Letters – Houses and Offices
Photographs – Houses and Offices
Files – Houses and Offices
Forms – Houses and Offices
Memos and Notes – Houses and Offices
Maps and Diagrams – Houses and Offices
Communications Equipment – Office
Recording Tapes – Houses, Offices, Community Areas

All of the above was in my custody from the time of my departure from Jonestown 24 November 1978 to the time of my arrival at the Georgetown Consulate, where I turned everything over to the Consul, Douglas V. Ellice, Jr.

[signed] Richard Martin
Richard Martin, Vice Consul of the United States of America

Originally posted on August 6th, 2020.

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