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Linda Mertle: (unintelligible beginning)
Jim Jones: Speaking.
Mertle: This is Linda Mertle. I would appreciate it if you wouldn’t call up to my house anymore, you know, and uh, talking this shit to my mom [Deanna Mertle, who became known as Jeannie Mills], ‘cause it’s not necessary, you know. If she can do what she wants to do with her– it’s– the freedom in this comm– (cut off by member)
Jones: I’ve said what I had to say, and we can do what we want to do too.
Mertle: (unintelligible under Temple member) Okay, you had your turn to call. I have my turn to call, all right? (Pause) Now you look here. If you don’t want me fucking with you, and you don’t want me getting my people on you, you stay away from my house. Don’t you do no shit to my momma. You hear me, now? (unintelligible sentence)
Jones: Well, you’re gonna hear me.
Mertle: Oh, I don’t want to hear you.
Jones: Yeah, if she keeps her mouth and her (unintelligible word) off of us–
Mertle: My momma can write what she wants to write. Don’t you tell me what she can’t do. This is a free country.
Jones: Well, Linda, you do what you want, we do what we want.
Mertle: (Pause) Hey, look. You do what you want to do, but don’t do it my momma.
Jones: Well, I had everything I got to say about it, and I’ll see you later, sister. Good evening.
Mertle: Go to hell.
End of tape
Tape originally posted May 2013