Q917 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: None

Date cues on tape:     None

People named:           None

Bible verses cited:     None


(Editor’s note: We are grateful to both Casey Strain and Mike Hansen for providing the sources of the quotes below.)

This tape consists of a set of sentences repeated in sequence, three or four times each time. The whole set is repeated four or five times. The sentences are:

“You decide to investigate, and you never return.”

“For each time you step outside your house, they attack.”

“I want to kill you.”

The first two quotes come from the Walt Disney Records LP entitled Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House, released in 1964 and re-released in 1973. The album was mainly composed of sound effects that had been collected by the sound effects department of Walt Disney Studios. The third voice is that of musician Jim Morrison during his monologue on the track “The End” from the Doors’ first eponymous album.

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 11, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B102-C51. This tape was found to contain the following: “You decide to investigate and you’ll never return”. “For each time you step outside your house – they attach”. “I want to tell you”. Each of the above statements is repeated rapidly four times followed between with a 20 second pause. The rest of the tape is blank.

Differences with FBI Summary:

While lacking any context, the summary meets the FBI’s purposes.       

Tape originally posted June 2016