Q758 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: One Audio Magnetics 60/ “Jim’s Television program” 3×5 card

Date cues on tape: None

People named:

Public figures/National and international names:

Carol Park, TV interviewer (speaks)

Bible verses cited: None


A reporter for a television station interviews Jim Jones about the various programs and services provided by Peoples Temple in Ukiah. They talk about its geriatric homes, which Jones describes as offering activities and choices for seniors, all designed to promote their independence. The children’s home – principally for developmentally-disabled children in their late teens – also has features which sets it apart from comparable homes. Everything they do, Jones adds, complies with state and county licensing requirements and regulations.

The focus then turns to the Temple’s animal shelter, which takes in injured pets and wild animals. They also take in unwanted pets “that people discard after the novelty wears off.” The Temple is stretched to its financial limits, but it still maintains a no-kill policy, again a future which differentiates it from the country facility.

The reporter concludes with questions about the services the Temple provides at the county courthouse, ranging from hosting a coffee hour complete with doughnuts, offering free legal counseling, and providing clothing and food to those who need it.

FBI Summary:

Date of transcription: 4/11/79

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 April 3, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B62#75. This tape was found to contain the following:

A television interview of JONES by ” CAROL PARK of Channel 13″ possibly in Ukiah, California.

The remainder of the tape contains segments from several television shows.

Nothing was contained thereon which was considered to be of evidentiary nature or beneficial to the investigation of Congressman RYAN.

Differences with FBI Summary:

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

Tape originally posted June 2023.