Who else – other than members of Peoples Temple – survived November 18?

There were 87 members of Peoples Temple who survived – their names are listed here, the circumstances of their survival are listed here – but there were 25 others connected in some way to the Temple who were in Guyana but who did not perish.

With a couple of exceptions, they comprised two groups which had traveled to Guyana in mid-November 1978 in conjunction with Leo Ryan’s fact-finding mission. Half of the people continued on with the congressman to Port Kaituma and Jonestown; the other half remained behind in Georgetown.

These survivors included:

Members of Leo Ryan’s congressional party

  • Jackie Speier, Ryan legislative aide, severely wounded during the Port Kaituma attack;
  • Jim Schollaert, staff member of House Foreign Affairs committee, remained in Georgetown

Members of the media

  • Tim Reiterman, reporter for San Francisco Examiner, wounded at Port Kaituma
  • Ron Javers, reporter for San Francisco Chronicle, wounded at Port Kaituma
  • Charles Krause, reporter for Washington Post, wounded at Port Kaituma
  • Steve Sung, NBC soundman, wounded at Port Kaituma
  • Bob Flick, NBC producer, at Port Kaituma
  • Gordon Lindsay, freelance reporter, in Georgetown after being denied entry into Jonestown on November 17

Members of Concerned Relatives

  • Jim Cobb, former Temple member, at Port Kaituma
  • Wayne Pietella, former Temple member, in Georgetown
  • Grace Stoen, former Temple member, in Georgetown
  • Tim Stoen, former Temple member, in Georgetown
  • Bonnie Thielmann, former Temple member, in Georgetown
  • Carol Boyd, relative of Houston family, at Port Kaituma
  • Nadyne Houston, in Georgetown
  • Sherwin Harris, father of Lianne Harris, in Georgetown
  • Anthony Kataris, brother of Maria Katsaris, wounded at Port Kaituma
  • Steven Kataris, father of Maria Katsaris, in Georgetown
  • Beverly Oliver, mother of Jonestown residents, at Port Kaituma airstrip
  • Howard Oliver, father of Jonestown residents, in Georgetown
  • Mickey Touchette, relative of numerous Jonestown residents, in Georgetown

Others

  • Neville Annibourne, Guyana Information Ministry who accompanied Ryan group to Jonestown, at Port Kaituma
  • Richard Dwyer, American Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission, wounded at Port Kaituma
  • Charles Garry, Temple attorney, escorted to East House in Jonestown during deaths, escaped into jungle
  • Mark Lane, Temple attorney, escorted to East House in Jonestown during deaths, escaped into jungle
Originally posted on December 1st, 2020.

Last modified on February 19th, 2021.
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