Serial 2129

United States Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Memorandum

Date: 4/12/79

To: Mr. Moore
From: W.D. Gow

Subject: RYMUR

PURPOSE: To advise of telephone call on 4/12/79, from Mr. Tom Smeeton of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs (HCFA), who requested an additional document reportedly in possession of the FBI in connection with the RYMUR case.

RECOMMENDATION: That SA [name deleted] attempt to determine if the Bureau is in possession of the document requested by Mr. Smeeton, and if the desired document is in possession of the FBI, [name deleted] should meet with appropriate Department of Justice officials to determine whether this document should be provided the HCFA.

DETAILS: On 4/12/79, at approximately 10:17 AM, Mr. Tom Smeeton of the HCFA, was in contact with SA [name deleted]. Mr. Smeeton stated that his call was to request an additional document reportedly in possession of the FBI which his committee would like to obtain a copy of. Mr. Smeeton described the document as one found in December or January among the Reverend Jim Jones’ personal effects. He said this document was apparently ten pages of a larger document and was “rambling and distorted.” He stated this appeared to be a personal history of Reverend Jones talking about himself utilizing his religious convictions to foster his political convictions. Mr. Smeeton stated that this document was cited in an article appearing in the December 20, 1978, edition of the “New York Times.”

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Memo Gow to Mr. Moore
Re: RYMUR

In addition, Mr. Smeeton stated that if this document is in possession of the FBI and examinations have been conducted determining the validity of same by the FBI, he would like a statement from the FBI as to their opinion of the validity of this document.

Originally posted on August 7th, 2020.

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