Q996 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           Jones Speaking

FBI preliminary tape identification note: None

Date cues on tape:     Part I: late April 1978; Part II: winter 1978

People named:

Public figures/National and international names:
Part 1:
Karl Marx, German economist
Giulio Andreotti, Italian Prime Minister
Aldo Moro, Italian Prime Minister
Benito Mussolini, Italian fascist leader
Rinaldo Camaioni, Italian owner of Fiat (by reference)


Forbes Burnham, Guyana Prime Minister
Cheddi Jagan, leader of Guyana opposition party
Vibert Mingo, Guyana Minister of Home Affairs
Ptolemy Reid, Deputy Prime Minister of Guyana


Thomas Edison, American inventor
Tom Foley, author
Gus Hall, General Secretary of the Communist Party USA
David F. Noble, author of America by Design
Irwin Silber, American Communist, political activist


Jonestown residents, full name unknown:
Part 2:
Tom (numerous Tom’s and Thomas’ in Jonestown)


Jonestown residents:
Part 2:
Phillip Blakey
Jim Bogue (speaks)
Becky Flowers (speaks)
Danny Kutulas (speaks)
Tish Leroy (speaks)
Helen Swinney
Tim Swinney (speaks)
Wanda Swinney (speaks)
Albert Touchette
Charlie Touchette
Michael Touchette
Jan Wilsey
Mary Wotherspoon


Bible verses cited: None


This tape consists of two separate parts.

In Part 1, Jim Jones reads reviews and articles of three separate sources on the political economy, including one from a communist party publication. He reads the pieces in a fairly straight-forward manner, with only a few editorial comments and even fewer asides to draw parallels between the subject matter and current events.

Part 2 is an agriculture and livestock meeting chaired by an unknown man – not Jim Jones, who does not even make an appearance in the meeting – to discuss progress on various projects. There is also discussion on the need for better coordination in purchasing necessary farm supplies in Georgetown and in ways to solve problems to avoid duplication and wasted effort.

Only once does the conversation steer off course, when a woman criticizes a man for not being prepared with his presentation and for figuring out expenditures in response to questions rather than having the information already written down. The man answers firmly, he in fact had them turned in previously, but the questions that night were new, and he was calculating expenses on the fly in response. Another woman then accuses the male speaker of being defensive, and several others chime in. The man stands his ground without apology.

FBI Summary:

Date of transcription: 7/6/79

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 26, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B110-61. This tape was found to contain the following:

JIM JONES reading “U.S. Capitalism in Crisis” and commentary on “America by Design”. There follows a discussion concerning crops, husbandry and construction at Jonestown.

Differences with FBI Summary:

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

Tape originally posted June 2021.