Q684 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: Tapes Not Summarized

FBI preliminary tape identification note: One Highlander C30/ “Marceline & Lula”

Date cues on tape: None

People named: None

Bible verses cited: None


With a small musical ensemble behind them, two unidentified males perform a song of defiance about (and to) the defectors and enemies of Peoples Temple. While the lyrics are original to the Temple, the melody is the tune of the 1957 popular single, “Goody, Goody.” The tape is distorted, but the words are discernible.

There is no context to offer a date for the recording, but since the roster of enemies includes the IRS and the U.S. Postal Service — two federal agencies that the Temple had trouble with once its members were in Guyana — the tape could have been made in Jonestown.

FBI Summary:

Date of transcription: 3/23/79

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 March 20, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B62 #116, and nothing was contained thereon which was considered to be of evidentiary nature or beneficial to the investigation of Congressman RYAN.

Differences with FBI Summary:

There is nothing to compare between the two summaries, since the FBI did not write anything for this, or 64 other tapes which bear the notation “Tapes Not Summarized.” These tapes seems to have little on them which the FBI could use for its purposes of investigating crimes arising from the Jonestown tragedy, but then again, that describes many other tapes as well. The difference seems to be that one or two FBI agents catalogued this set of tapes – as evidenced by the typewriter used in writing the reports – and that generally, the transcriptions were made early in the process, before someone may have asked for greater detail in the reports.

Tape originally posted February 2003