Throughout its relationship with Joseph Mazor – a relationship which was tenuous and complicated as any in its history – Peoples Temple made tapes of conversations involving the private detective. While some of the transcripts were made directly from a recording made by the Temple, several others were reconstructed, and still others have an unknown origin.
Who, for example, would have made the tape of the meeting of September 5, 1978 with Joseph Mazor, Temple attorney Mark Lane, film producer Donald Freed, and Charles Garry’s assistant Pat Richartz in attendance? Who would have made the tape of the meeting a month later between Mazor and Lane? While all participants had positive relations with the Temple – at least the time of the recordings – none was a member, and each one made statements that could have been held against them in case of a falling-out with Jim Jones.
The first tape, a reconstructed conversation between Joe Mazor and Temple member Carol McCoy, is from late 1977, when Mazor was still associated with the Concerned Relatives. The remaining tapes are from Fall 1978 – either by specific date or by context – after Mazor supposedly flipped and became a Temple ally in its battle with the oppositional group.
Mazor meets with Temple attorney Mark Lane, film producer Donald Freed, and Charles Garry’s assistant Pat Richartz, September 5, 1978, RYMUR 89-4286 S-1-G-2(1) – S-1-G-2(78)