Q480 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 “Dick Gregory”

Date cues on tape:     None

People named:

Public figures/National and international names:
Dick Gregory, black comedian and social activist

Bible verses cited:     None


The first half of this tape is a recording of a live show by comedian Dick Gregory. Much of the performance tape has a second track of popular music overlying the first.

The second half consists of taped recordings of blues and soul music by such artists as Johnnie Taylor, James Brown and Cannonball Adderley.

FBI Summary:

Date of transcription: 6/21/79

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 7, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B101-7. This tape was found to contain the following: Unidentified male talking about capitalism in the United States. It is noted that much of the talk is inaudible because music from another track of the tape overlaps the talk.

Differences with FBI Summary:

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

 Tape originally posted June 2016