Q441 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: Labeled in part “6/4/78 News”

Date cues on tape:            News items consistent with tape label

People named:

Public figures/National and international names:
President Jimmy Carter
Zbigniew Brzezinski, Carter’s national security advisor
General Alexander Haig, White House Chief of Staff
Leonard Garment, presidential counselor

Former President John F. Kennedy
Former President Richard Nixon
George Wallace, former governor of Alabama

Norodom Sihanouk, leader of Cambodia
Lon Nol, leader of Cambodia
Pol Pot, leader of Khmer Rouge in Cambodia
Mao Tse-Tung, leader of People’s Republic of China
Jacques Breveie, French colonial governor
Hoang Tung, Vietnam Workers Party Central Committee member
Pham Van Dong, premier of Vietnam
Pham Hung, chief of communist command in South Vietnam
Steve Hedder, Cornell University Indochina Affairs specialist

Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran

Hamilton Green, Guyana Minister of Health and Labor

Paul Robeson, American black actor, musician, activist
Raleigh Speller, black prisoner executed in North Carolina in 1953
Clyde Brown, black prisoner executed in North Carolina in 1953
Benny N. Lloyd, black prisoner executed in North Carolina in 1953
Ray Daniels, black prisoner executed in North Carolina in 1953

Jonestown residents:
Sharon Amos
Tommy Beikman
Marceline Jones
Maria Katsaris
Joyce Parks
Charlie Touchette

Bible verses cited:             None


This news tape includes a few brief news items – earthquakes in California and Japan, an infestation of locusts in Somalia and Ethiopia, unrest in Iran, continuing trouble in Zaire, upcoming elections in Colombia – and a historical piece on the little-reported events in US history, all of which are related to minority populations. But the bulk of the tape is a lengthy commentary with detailed analysis of the border dispute between communist governments of Vietnam and Kampuchea (formerly known as Cambodia). Jones reads several perspectives on the origins of the conflict, including both socialist and “bourgeoisie … monopoly capitalism” points of view, “and then you can make up your own mind.”

There are few administrative announcement on this tape, and Jones interrupts the reading of the news only once, to require that people limit their use of knives for work on the agricultural project – and to get clearance for that use – since there have been too many accidents.

FBI Summary:

Date of transcription: 6/25/79

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 6, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B100-44. This tape was found to contain the following:

JIM JONES reading news, commentary, and announcements.

Differences with FBI Summary:

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

Tape originally posted May 2012