Q331 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: Unidentified Individuals Speaking

FBI preliminary tape identification note: Labeled in part “USSR Constitution”

Date cues on tape:     Post-October 1977

People named:      None

Bible verses cited:      None


This tape consists of a reading of the Constitution (Fundamental Law) of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic, adopted at a Session of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR in October 1977. The recording could have been made by a member of Peoples Temple – there are enough pauses, restarts of sentences and repeated words to suggest that it was not a professional production – but there is no commentary beyond that included in the published version of the constitution in book form.

FBI Summary:

Date of transcription: 6/20/79

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 2, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B93-71. This tape was found to contain the following:

A study out line [outline] of the constitution fundamental law of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic presented by a female.

Differences with FBI Summary:

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

Tape originally posted July 2014