Letter of April 3, 1983

A Law Corporation
722 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, California 94111

April 4, 1983

Mr. George D. Beck, Jr.
4748 Bancroft #6
San Diego, CA 92116

    Re: Peoples Temple of the Disciples of Christ v. Attorney General of the State of California

Dear Mr. Beck:

On March 22, 1983, Judge Brown approved distribution of the third and final payment on claims against Peoples Temple. The total amount to be distributed to all claimants will be $184,118, which represents 1.25% of the face value of your receivers certificates, and which brings the total aggregate percentage paid to claim it’s the just under 65%. (The first payment last August was 31.00%, the second in November was 32.39%, and this final payment is 1.25%, totaling 64.64%.)

As you may recall from past letters, the receiver certificates were not money awards but rather serve to establish a proportionate share of the assets upon distribution. The receiver certificates issued to all claimants totaled $14,519,468, while the actual money ultimately available to distribution to claimants was $9,455,655, or approximately 65% of the receivers certificates issued. This is also, as stated above, the percentage of your receivers certificates which you now have received in settlement of your claim against the Temple.

Along with the final distribution to claimants, the Receiver recommended and has received court approval to make a contribution of $10,000 to the San Francisco Council of Churches from Temple assets. After the tragedy in Jonestown, the San Francisco Council of Churches, at its own expense, made generous contributions of time and services in making initial arrangements. The court found that the contribution to that organization was appropriate.

Finally, a small amount of money has been retained in the receivership to cover the costs of the final winding up and dissolution of the Peoples Temple. The Receiver estimates that after all payments and expenses have been made, there will remain a residue of approximately $10,000 since this would be too small an amount to distribute to claimants, (it would amount to about $15 per person) the Receiver has obtain court approval for this money left over to go to the Glide Foundation, a California non-profit corporation dedicated to community service.

Enclosed is a draft from the Receiver and the Disbursement. As before, I ask that you sign the back of the draft, signed the Disbursement, and return them both to us in the enclosed envelope. As soon as we get those back from you, we will send you a copy of the Disbursement and your final check.

This is been a long process which I’m sure you are glad to see coming to a close. Although the money you have received over the past few months can never begin to replace the family members you have lost, it is my sincere hope that with the close of this case this tragic chapter in the lives of so many can also reach some measure of closure and resolution.

Best wishes for the year ahead.

All best wishes,
[signed] John E. Hill

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Peoples Temple v. Attorney General of California

Claimant: Mr. George D. Beck, Jr.

1.25% TOTAL SETTLEMENT: 186.48
LESS COSTS: 11.94*

NET TO CLIENT: $112.38

*Your share, copy of total costs attached.

Hill, Schwartz, Stenson & Boutin
A Law Corporation

[stamped] Hill, Schwartz, Stenson & Boutin

Date: [handwritten] 4/13/83


[signed] George D. Beck Jr.
[signed] G. Donald Beck Jr.
George D. Beck Jr.

Date: [handwritten] 4/8/83

Originally posted on May 24th, 2013.

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