Q442 Summary

Summary prepared by Fielding M. McGehee III. If you use this material, please credit The Jonestown Institute. Thank you.

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FBI Catalogue           Music

FBI preliminary tape identification note: Labeled in part “JT Express 28-9-78”

Date cues on tape:     September 28, 1978 (note on tape box)

People named:           None

Bible verses cited: None


An unidentified woman performs numerous songs during a community concert of the Jonestown Express. The tape is of poor quality at the beginning, with audio fading in and out. After several numbers, the tape becomes faint, with singing voices barely discernible

Most of the songs invoke a revolutionary spirit. With one or two exceptions, they seem to be compositions of the group itself.

FBI Summary:

Date of transcription: 6/18/79

In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.

On June 6, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B100-45. This tape was found to contain the following:

Songs such as “Be Glad You’ve Got Communism In Your Life” for the first 9:47 minutes. The rest of the tape is blank except for some practice “testing” for one minute at 35:00 minutes into the tape and 41:00 minutes.

Differences with FBI Summary:

The summary is accurate and meets the FBI’s purposes.

Tape originally posted February 2021.