Serial 2590

[Editor’s note: Page one of this serial consists of government form with various categories relating to arrest of Laurence John Layton. The only substantive notation is that the US government seeks recovery in the amount of $5,526,958.64. Annotated notations follow]

Statistics Letter

Date: 1/20/81

To: Director, FBI
From: SAC, San Francisco
Subject: RYMUR

A. On 10/3/80 SA Donald R. Hale, filed authorized complaint before US Magistrate F. Steele Langford, US District Court, for the Northern District of California charging Laurence John Layton with Violation Title 18, USC, Section 351 (D) – Conspiracy to Murder a Congressman; Title 18, USC, Section 351 (A) and (2), Assassination of a Congressman; Title 18, USC, Section 1117, Conspiracy to Kill an Internationally Protected Person; Title 18, USC, Section 1116 (A) and (2), Attempted Murder of Internationally Protected Person. Complaint sealed and no bail warrant issued same date.

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On 10/9/80, Federal Grand Jury, San Francisco, California returned true bill indictment charging Laurence John Layton with Violation Title 18, USC, Section 351 (D) – Conspiracy to Murder a Congressman; Title 18, USC, Section 351 (A) and (2), Aid and Abet the Murder of a Congressman; Title 18, USC, Section 1117, Conspiracy to Kill an Internationally Protected Person; Title 18, USC, Section 1116 (A) and (2), Aid and Abet Attempted Murder of Internationally Protected Person. No bail warrant issued by Judge Robert F. Peckham, US District Court, Northern District of California on 10/17/80.

D. On 10/2/80, two Special Agents, assigned San Francisco Division, traveled to Georgetown, Guyana, and negotiated arrangements and release of Subject Laurence John Layton. As result of arrangements by FBI Agents, Layton was expelled from Guyana and arrested by US Marshals on arrival New York City, 11/21/80.

E. During the course of FBI investigation of the assassination of Congressman Leo J. Ryan, the FBI received 26 crates of documents and evidence recovered by the American Embassy in Jonestown Guyana. These documents collected by the American Embassy or furnished to the FBI for review, identification, and duplication. During initial review of evidence, FBI located certain documents identifying cash deposits in the Union Bank of Switzerland, Panama, Central America. FBI also located negotiable bearer bonds in the amount of $250,000 drawn on the Union Bank of Switzerland Account. FBI interviewed witnesses resulting in identifying bank account and responsible signatures on account. This information combined with documents located by the FBI, as well as negotiable bonds, were hand carried to the Department of Justice, Civil Litigation, and the People’s Temple receiver in California who was subsequently successful in transferring $5,526,958.64 from Panama Bank to the Superior Court, State of California.

Originally posted on November 16th, 2020.

Last modified on August 2nd, 2022.
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