Q451 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           Miscellaneous

 FBI preliminary tape identification note: Labeled in part “11-Sept-78”

 Date cues on tape:     Tape contents consistent with identification note

 People named:

Public figures/National and international names:
Charles Garry, Temple attorney
Joe Mazor, private investigator (speaks)


Temple adversaries; members of Concerned Relatives:
Tim Stoen


Temple members not in Jonestown:
Chris Lewis (Temple member killed in 1977)


Jonestown residents:
Poncho Johnson (sings)


Bible verses cited: None


Joseph Mazor, a private investigator who was first hired by the Concerned Relatives but who later jumped the fence and became a source of information for Peoples Temple, is in Jonestown, and it is a cause for celebration. The Jonestown Express performs seven songs on this tape – most of them covers of pop and R&B hits, but at least one which may be composed by someone in the Temple – before Jim Jones introduces their guest.

Mazor says a few words, mostly reinforcing the views of the Jonestown leadership about Tim Stoen. “We have enough information to convict several people of various crimes, perjury, conspiracy, and like that,” Mazor says. “It doesn’t mean they’ll go to jail forever, but at least it means some of the things which the Temple may have been wrongly charged with, at least the record will be set straight.”

FBI Summary:

Date of transcription: 6/20/79

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 7, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B100-51. This tape was found to contain the following: A recording of an entertainment session by the people of Jonestown.

Differences with FBI Summary:

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

 Tape originally posted January 2022.