Obituaries 2021

The following people with connections to Peoples Temple have died since October 2020.

Vernon Gosney, who left Jonestown with Congressman Leo Ryan on November 18, 1978, and was seriously wounded during the shootings at the Port Kaituma airstrip, died on January 31, 2021, due to complications of heart bypass surgery. A remembrance by Fielding M. McGehee III appears here.

Jack Palladino, a private investigator who conducted a seven-year investigation of the Jonestown tragedy, died on February 1, 2021.

Patricia Lynch, a producer for NBC who always believed she was pushed aside in deference to Don Harris to accompany Leo Ryan on his trip to Guyana – and who also insisted there were hours of tape which the network released in the trip’s aftermath – died on February 18, 2021. Her collection of articles for this site is here.

In addition, we learned this year of other deaths from previous years

Rabbi Malcolm Sparer, who worked with Donneter Lane, Rev. John Lane and Father John O’Connor on the Guyana Emergency Relief Committee to return almost 500 bodies from Dover, Delaware to California six months after the deaths in Jonestown, died on April 1, 2020.

Originally posted on February 9th, 2021.

Last modified on February 19th, 2021.
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