Mazor affidavit on meeting with Grace Stoen, 10/17/78

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AFFIDAVIT OF JOSEPH A. MAZOR

I, Joseph A. Mazor, depose and state:

That I am a Private Investigator, duly licensed in accordance with and, pursuant to the Business and Professional Code of the State of California; that I am over eighteen (18) years of age and a resident of the County of San Mateo, State of California.

That on a date which is unknown to me at this time, but during the month of November, in the year 1976, I initially became involved in the matter commonly referred to as; In re: The Peoples Temple and during said involvement, became aware of the names Timothy O. Stoen and Grace Stoen, as persons being personally involved in the hereinabove referred to matter.

During the months of June and July 1977, several issues regarding the hereinabove referred to matter brought to my attention which involved as principles, Timothy O. Stoen and Grace Stoen, the primary issue being, the legal custody of a minor male infant alleged by Grace Stoen, to be her sibling and, the paternity of the same.

That on August 4, 1977, an adult female known to me to be Grace Stoen, accompanied by an adult male identified as one Walter Jones, met with me at my office in Suite 904 at 1800 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco, California, at approximately 7:30 PM, for the purpose of discussing the issues of said Grace Stoen, obtaining custody of her minor child who was at that time residing in the Republic of Guyana, South America, with one Jim Jones.

During the course of the interview and discussion, concerning various ways, or methods of obtaining the child, I was personally informed by Grace Stoen as to her belief of who the natural father of her child was and the facts surrounding the conception.

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During the above referred to discussion, Grace Stoen stated that; The members of the People’s Temple often traveled to various events and revival meetings and utilized as transportation a fleet of buses owned and operated by the Temple. One of the buses had been outfitted with a special compartment in the rear which had a bed and was used exclusively by Jim Jones and it was at her request, the [that] she and Jim Jones had sexual intercourse during one of the frequent trips and it was at this time that the child in question was conceived.

Following the above statements by Grace Stoen, I asked her what her motives were for having sexual intercourse with Jim Jones and whether he had forced her psychologically to act in such a manner and she stated to me that her motives were solely those of revenge towards her legal husband Timothy O. Stoen and that there had been no force physically, or psychologically by Jim Jones, or anyone else for her to undertake such acts.

Meeting terminated at approximately 9:00 PM, on August 4, 1977 and since that date, I have seen Grace Stoen on only one occasion which was several weeks later with Mr. Haase [Jeff Haas], her attorney, in the Superior Court Building, Civic Center, San Francisco, California.

Executed on: [handwritten date] October 17, 1978, at San Mateo, California

/s/ Joseph A. Mazor
Joseph A. Mazor

State of California
County of San Mateo

Joseph A. Mazor, being duly sworn, deposes and says: That he is over the age of 18 years and has resided in the State of California for more than five years.

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Subscribed and sworn to before me on October 17, 1978.

/s/ Jeannie E. Overholt
Jeannie E. Overholt

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Originally posted on April 25th, 2021.

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