RYMUR Section 1-Serials 0x-100

The FBI’s investigation into the events of November 18, 1978 focused upon the assassination of Leo Ryan and any actions of members of Peoples Temple which may have shown evidence of a conspiracy related to that assassination. Code-named RYMUR – short for Ryan Murder – the investigation yielded 2750 serials totalling more than 10,000 pages, eventually separated into 42 large sections.

This page includes the contents of Section 1, including serials 00x-100. Aside from the first five serials – 00 through 00×4, which are letters dated October 1978 – the serials are all dated during the first week following the Jonestown tragedy in November 1978.

The table below lists each document by serial number, the number of pages within each serial, the date the serial was generated, the federal agency originating the serial, and a brief description. Each entry then includes the PDF and the text of the serial. Additional notes appear at the bottom of the page. A listing of abbreviations used in the RYMUR documents – including FBI field offices and State Department embassies – is here.

In citing these documents, each serial should open with the official designation of “RYMUR 89-4286.” As an example, Serial 50 would be cited as “RYMUR 89-4286-50.”

Serial
# of Pages
Date
Office of Origin
Description
PDF
Text
X 1 10/14 FBIHQ Letter to FBI re: PT before 11/18/78 PDF Text
X1 1 10/14 FBIHQ Letter to FBI re: PT before 11/18/78 PDF Text
X2 2 10/21 FBIHQ Letter to FBI re: PT before 11/18/78 PDF Text
X3 4 10/21 FBIHQ Letters to FBI re: PT before 11/18/78 PDF Text
X4 2 10/17 FBIHQ Letters to FBI re: PT before 11/18/78 PDF Text
1 1 11/18 FBIHQ First word of deaths, 11/18/78 PDF Text
2 5 11/20  AmEmb Georgetown [Retransmittal of Serial 119] PDF Text
3 3 11/19 AmEmb Georgetown Description of Kaituma airstrip/Matthews Ridge PDF Text
4 2 11/19 AmEmb Georgetown US Ambassador speaks with Burnham, offers equipment PDF Text
5 1 11/19 AmEmb Georgetown Clearance for US military aircraft PDF Text
6 2 11/19 AmEmb Georgetown Report of death of Sharon Amos and children PDF Text
7 1 11/19 AmEmb Georgetown Larry Layton detained PDF Text
8 2 11/19 AmEmb Georgetown Security of Concerned Relatives in Georgetown PDF Text
9 2 11/19 AmEmb Georgetown List of incoming wounded from Kaituma PDF Text
10 4 11/19 AmEmb Georgetown Initial description of attack on Ryan party PDF Text
11 2 11/19 AmEmb Georgetown Security of Concerned Relatives in Georgetown PDF Text
12 2 11/19 AmEmb Georgetown Death of Patty Parks, Greg Robinson confirmed/troops going into Jonestown PDF Text
13 2 11/19 AmEmb Georgetown Police confirm deaths at Kaituma PDF Text
14 2 11/19 State Dept. US military aircraft en route PDF Text
15 3 11/19 State Dept. US military personnel listed PDF Text
16 4 11/19 State Dept. General status report, 19 November PDF Text
17 1 11/20 AmEmb Caracas State liaison en route PDF Text
18 2 11/20 State Dept. Report that Jones may try to flee Guyana PDF Text
19 4 11/20 State Dept. Aircraft requests and pledges to GOG PDF Text
20 4 11/20 State Dept. Status report 4 PDF Text
21 2 11/20 State Dept. GOG establishes cabinet level crisis committee PDF Text
22 5 11/20 State Dept. First reports of Jonestown dead, estimate of 400 bodies/status of Kaituma victims PDF Text
23 1 11/20 AmEmb Caracas State liaison en route PDF Text
24 1 11/20 State Dept. HAM operator reports two more Jonestown farms, possible survivors PDF Text
25 1 11/20 State Dept. State letter authorizing working group on Guyana PDF Text
26 1 11/20 AmEmb Georgetown Jim Jones, Marceline, 11 “bodyguards” identified PDF Text
27 7 11/20 AmEmb Georgetown Interview with Mark Lane (80 shots, automatic weapon fire) PDF Text
28 1 11/20 AmEmb Georgetown C-130 rerouted to Puerto Rico PDF Text
29 1 11/20 State Dept. Vance seeks info on Sharon Amos PDF Text
30 3 11/20 AmEmb Georgetown Security and departure of Concerned Relatives in Georgetown PDF Text
31 1 11/20 AmEmb Georgetown First casualty report of 200-300 bodies in Jonestown PDF Text
32 3 11/20 AmEmb Georgetown Status of casualties in congressional party to Kaituma PDF Text
33 1 11/20 AmEmb Georgetown C-130 rerouted to Puerto Rico PDF Text
34 2 11/20 AmEmb Georgetown Description of Kaituma airstrip PDF Text
35 3 11/20 AmEmb Georgetown GOG creates task force PDF Text
36 1 11/20 AmEmb Georgetown US Embassy begins next-of-kin collection PDF Text
37 12 11/21 AmEmb Georgetown Early death list of 172 names PDF Text
38 2 11/21 AmEmb Georgetown GOG requests removal of bodies to US PDF Text
39 3 11/21 AmEmb Georgetown US approaches GOG about internment of bodies in Jonestown PDF Text
40 1 11/21 AmEmb Georgetown State Dept liaison arrives in Georgetown PDF Text
41 1 11/21 AmEmb Georgetown Embassy says State must assume responsibility to notify NOK PDF Text
42 3 11/21 AmEmb Georgetown US government pursues local interment PDF Text
43 3 11/21 State Dept. Requests for equipment for Jonestown PDF Text
44 2 11/21 State Dept. Next of kin queries PDF Text
45 2 11/21 State Dept. Requests for equipment for Jonestown PDF Text
46 3 11/21 State Dept. US government pursues local interment PDF Text
47 4 11/21 State Dept. Embassy situation report PDF Text
48 2 11/21 State Dept. Authorization of expenses for Guyana operation PDF Text
49 2 11/21 State Dept. Request for personnel from US military PDF Text
50 3 11/21 State Dept. 363 bodies counted, Embassy believes survivors in jungle PDF Text
51 2 11/21 State Dept. State agrees to notify Next of Kin PDF Text
52 5 11/21 AmEmb Port of Spain Albatross survivors in Port of Spain PDF Text
53 3 11/22 AmEmb Caracas Possibility raised of survivors fleeing to Venezuela PDF Text
54 3 11/22 AmEmb Georgetown GOG raises concerns of FBI in country PDF Text
55 5 11/22 AmEmb Georgetown Jonestown secured, 405 dead, weapons recovered PDF Text
56 2 11/20 AmEmb Georgetown Report on Sharon Amos, Liane Harris PDF Text
57 2 11/20 AmEmb Georgetown [virtual duplicate of 56] PDF Text
58 8 11/21 AmEmb Georgetown Security of survivors in Georgetown, many deletions of survivors PDF Text
59 3 11/21 State Dept. Alert for lookouts on Jonestown survivors, start to investigate violations of US law PDF Text
60 6 11/22 State Dept. Status report: Fewer than 20 survivors; Larry Layton in custody in Georgetown PDF Text
61 2 11/22 AmEmb Georgetown GOG expresses concern about FBI in Guyana PDF Text
62 5 11/22 State Dept. GOG asks for removal of bodies to US PDF Text
63 2 11/22 State Dept. State suggests military aircraft may be needed to transport survivors PDF Text
64 2 11/22 State Dept. Stephan Jones reportedly turns over names of 40 survivors PDF Text
65 6 11/22 State Dept. State Dept discusses news reports of FBI relations with GOG PDF Text
66 1 11/22 State Dept. Jonestown dead to be transported to Dover PDF Text
67 1 11/22 State Dept. State seeks help from Venezuela on any Temple survivors who go there PDF Text
68 3 11/22 State Dept. FBI makes official announcement of investigation of Ryan’s death PDF Text
69 2 11/22 AmEmb Georgetown Request for disposition on bodies of Sharon Amos et al. PDF Text
70 4 11/22 State Dept. FBI argues strongly for its presence in Guyana PDF Text
71 1 11/22 AmEmb Georgetown Passport info on Sharon Amos (turns out to be false) PDF Text
72 3 11/23 AmEmb Georgetown Guyana police to allow survivors to start to return home PDF Text
73 6 11/23 AmEmb Georgetown Guyana issues list of survivors PDF Text
74 2 11/23 AmEmb Georgetown Findings of Mootoo’s “partial autopsy” on Jones PDF Text
75 7 11/23 State Dept. State releases additional names of people in Guyana PDF Text
76 45 11/23 State Dept. List of Peoples Temple members in Guyana PDF Text
77 10 11/23 State Dept. List of Peoples Temple members in Guyana PDF Text
78 5 11/23 State Dept. Bodies begin to arrive in Dover, survivors anxious to leave Guyana PDF Text
79 5 11/23 State Dept. Discussion of disposal of personal assets of Jonestown dead PDF Text
80 3 11/23 State Dept. Embassy authorized to engage local counsel to protect American interests in Guyana PDF Text
81 3 11/23 State Dept. Discussion of financial assistance to Jonestown survivors while in Georgetown PDF Text
82 4 11/23 State Dept. Q&A on use of military, costs to US government in Jonestown operation PDF Text
83 7 11/23 State Dept. List of Peoples Temple members in Guyana PDF Text
84 5 11/23 State Dept. Arrangements made for return of Jonestown survivors to US PDF Text
85 6 11/23 State Dept. List of Peoples Temple members in Guyana PDF Text
86 3 11/23 State Dept. Guyana Ambassador Mann expresses sorrow over deaths PDF Text
87 3 11/23 State Dept. FBI not prepared to pay for repatriation of Temple members in Trinidad PDF Text
88 3 11/24 State Dept. HEW asks for data on Jonestown survivors, indications of dates of return PDF Text
89 6 11/23  FBI-SF Stoen gives early word from Georgetown re: rumors PDF Text
90 8 11/19  FBI-SF Initial reports from Temple members, critics PDF Text
91 3 11/20  FBIHQ FBI says past investigation of PT reveals no murder PDF Text
92 3 11/19  FBI-SF Interviews with former members at Human Freedom Center PDF Text
93 5 11/22 FBI-SF Expert to send psychological profile of PT member PDF Text
94 1 11/22 FBI-SF Attempt to interview former member PDF Text
95 2 11/22 FBI-SF FBI follows up leads from “dissident” former members, including David Wise PDF Text
96 5 11/21  FBI-SC PT articles of incorporation; result of investigation into children’s home PDF Text
97 2 11/21 FBI-SF Don Sly called head of assassination team PDF Text
98 2 11/21  FBI-SF Request to interview former members of PT PDF Text
99 9 11/21 FBI-SF Interviews with former critical members in Georgetown with Congressional party [virtual duplicate of 293] PDF Text
100 8 11/21 FBI-SC [virtual dupe of 122], several deletions, likely of same person PDF Text

The pdf of the complete section is here. It should be noted that this document is unique to this site, based upon the FBI’s official release of documents in 2014 and augmented with additional documents. The additional documents include: those released by the State Department; those released through the litigation of McGehee et al v. Justice; and those released by the FBI in 2001 but not included in the later release.

The information released in these serials may change as the FBI releases additional information pursuant to ongoing litigation under the Freedom of Information Act.

Originally posted on June 11th, 2017.

Last modified on November 18th, 2020.
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