Q275 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           Music

FBI preliminary tape identification note: None

Date cues on tape:     None

People named:           None

Bible verses cited:     None


This tape consists of four minutes of music recorded in Jonestown. It has double-tracking for part of it, and there is no conversation.

At the beginning, a man sings “Proud Mary,” by Credence Clearwater Revival on one track, while Jim Jones sings an unknown song on track 2. A man calls out “Oh, yeah, Reverend Moe” at 0:48.

At 1:20, a man says, “Eddie [likely interrupted tape for Teddy] McMurry. This– this is very tough. Watch out. You can’t mess around.”

At 2:00, a man says, “Coming up now is Cleveland Garcia and Jerome Simon.”

At 2:24, he says, “Everybody on their toes– on their feet. Ain’t nothing but a party right here at the party pavilion. It’s where the action is with [unintelligible name].”

The tape breaks at 3:15, and a new song starts, but it ends a few seconds later.

FBI Summary:

Date of transcription: 6/12/79

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 May 30, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B93-22. This tape was found to contain the following:


Differences with FBI Summary:

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

Tape originally posted December 2016