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 33, consisting of Serials 2231-2264.
The table below lists each document by serial number, the number of pages within each serial, the date the serial was generated (all dates in 1979), the federal agency originating the serial, and a brief description. Each entry then includes the PDF and the text of the serial. A listing of abbreviations used in the RYMUR documents – including FBI field offices and State Department embassies – appears here. Additional notes appear at the bottom of the page.
In citing these documents, each serial should open with the official designation of “RYMUR 89-4286.” As an example, Serial 2232 would be cited “RYMUR 89-4286-2232”.
# of Pages
Office of Origin
|2231||1||7/10||FBIHQ||[RYMUR administrative memo]||Text|
|2231 – post||2||5/19||AmEmb Georgetown||Guyana newspaper report on extradition prompt concern about Larry Layton||Text|
|2232||2||7/3||FBI – SF||Report on tapes made by Doug Ellice||Text|
|2233||9||6/28||FBI – SF||Guyana Index||Text|
|2234||2||6/15||AmEmb Georgetown||Embassy to allow events run their course in Layton trial in Guyana||Text|
|2235||1||7/13||FBI – BQMRA||Shipment of crates of evidence to Guyana||Text|
|2236||3||7/13||FBI – BQMRA||Shipment of crates of evidence to Guyana [dupe of 2235]||Text|
|2237||5||4/26||State Dept. Office of Caribbean Affairs||State responds to congressional constituent re: death tape||Text|
|2238||2||5/17||Criminal Investigative Division||DOJ letter to Congress on death tape, NBC footage||Text|
|2239||3||6/1||Guyana Hospital||Letter from Mootoo asking for FBI slides||Text|
|2240||2||7/5||FBIHQ||FBI response to Mootoo||Text|
|2241||2||7/13||FBI – SF||Memo on Jeannie Mills||Text|
|2242||59||7/17||FBI – SF||FBI interviews with JT survivors, Odell Rhodes, Stanley Clayton||Text|
|2243||2||6/15||State Dept.||Embassy to allow events run their course in Layton trial in Guyana [text dupe of 2234]||Text|
|2244||2||6/15||FBIHQ||Embassy to allow events run their course in trial in Guyana [text dupe of 2234]||Text|
|2245||1||6/28||FBI – SF||[RYMUR administrative memo]||Text|
|2246||1||6/27||FBI – SF||[RYMUR administrative memo]||Text|
|2247||2||6/28||FBIHQ||[RYMUR administrative memo]||Text|
|2248||1||6/28||FBI – SF||[RYMUR administrative memo]||Text|
|2249||6||7/9||FBI – WFO||FBI interview with Steven Katsaris, father of M. Katsaris bank accounts||Text|
|2250||4||7/18||AmEmb Georgetown||Embassy reviews pending legal matters, Albatross, Temple bank accounts||Text|
|2250 – post||1||7/18||FBIHQ||Cover sheet for photos||Text|
|2251||2||7/18||AmEmb Georgetown||[dupe of 2250]||Text|
|2252||2||7/29||FBI – SF||Memo on phone call regarding Prokes||Text|
|2253||11||7/19||FBI – SF||Synopsis of PT history, Ryan trip, evidence against Layton||Text|
|2254||5||7/20||AmEmb Georgetown||Receiver in Calif. to work with GOG||Text|
|2255||1||7/30||FBIHQ||[RYMUR administrative memo]||Text|
|2256||3||7/30||FBIHQ||Transmittal of photos [not included]||Text|
|2257||3||7/25||FBIHQ||Summary of interview with Richard McCoy||Text|
|2258||3||7/26||FBIHQ||Probe of train explosion in ’73, based upon J. Mills’ statement||Text|
|2259||13||5/23||FBIHQ||Temple Receiver appoints power of attorney in Panama||Text|
|2260||3||7/16||FBIHQ||FBI considers how to handle FOIA requests||Text|
|2261||29||7/17||FBI – SF||FBI interviews with JT survivors, Odell Rhodes, Stanley Clayton||Text|
|2262||1||7/20||FBIHQ||Evidence against Larry Layton||Text|
|2263||3||8/3||FBI – Bern||[most withheld under b7][previously deleted under b1]||Text|
|2264||5||8/3||FBI – Bern||[most withheld under b7][previously deleted under b1]||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.