Q900 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           Identified Individuals Speaking

FBI preliminary tape identification note: None

Date cues on tape:     Late 1977 – Early 1978 (Tim Stoen is out of the Temple, Suzanne Cartmell Jones is barely in)

People named:

Temple adversaries; members of Concerned Relatives:
Tim Stoen

Temple members not in Jonestown:
Tom Adams (speaks)
Suzanne Jones Cartmell (speaks)

Bible verses cited:     None


Two members of Peoples Temple – Jim Jones’ adopted daughter Suzanne, and Temple HAM radio license holder Tom Adams – have a testy telephone conversation. Suzanne is trying to reach her father, and expressly says she does not believe that Tom is allowing her access; Tom replies he can’t be blamed for her intransigence, if she won’t abide by the way the radio patches work to get phone calls in and out of Jonestown. She has recently referred to Jim Jones as crazy, so he feels as though he can’t trust her anyway, and she does nothing to smooth whatever feathers she may have ruffled.

Suzanne would eventually leave the Temple – she may have been partway out the door when this tape was made – and Jim Jones would eventually add her name in his recitation of enemies.

FBI Summary:

Date of transcription: 6/11/79

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 number 1B102 C34. This tape was found to contain the following:

Side A has a short phone conversation between “TOM” and “SUSANNE”. Side B is blank.

Differences with FBI Summary:

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

 Tape originally posted March 2017.