Selected Articles and Editorials by
Fielding M. McGehee III

Fielding M. McGehee III is the principal researcher for the Jonestown Institute and this website, where he manages tape transcripts, Freedom of Information Act requests, primary source documents, and general inquiries on questions concerning Peoples Temple. He may be reached at

Farewell to a Writer, a remembrance of Glenda Randolph Bates (2022)

A Plea From History (2021)

“Drinking the Kool-Aid” as a Tool of Education (2021)

Vernon Gosney: A mercurial temperament, a deep generosity (2021)

John V Moore: Sounding the Clarion Call (2019)

Teri Buford O’Shea: Surviving Betrayal (2018)

Jim Jones and the Guyana Government: A Symbiotic Relationship (2017)

The Campaign for the New Jonestown Memorial: A Brief History (2011)

Jim Jones’ name on the marker: A discussion of the committee’s decision (2011)

A Challenge to the Media on the Jonestown Story: An Editorial (2011)

Jonestown an Unlikely Tourist Destination (2010)

Ezra Schacht: A Remembrance (2010)

Initiating the Embrace: Remembering Michael Bellefountaine (2007)

Attempting to Document the Peoples Temple Story: The Existence and Disappearance of Government Records (2003)

U.S. Government Records on Peoples Temple (2003)

November 19 Tape Adds Perplexing Postscript: A Commentary (2002)

Commentary on Q 042 (2001)

In addition to writing the articles above, Fielding appeared as a speaker during the Griot Institute of African Studies lecture series entitled Jonestown: 35 Years Later at Bucknell University; his presentation appears here.