RYMUR Section 25 – Serials 1682-1729

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 25, including serials 1682-1729. All dates are in January 1979.

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. 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 1725 would be cited as “RYMUR 89-4286-1725.”

Serial
# of Pages
Date
Office of Origin
Description
PDF
Text
1682 1 1/15 AmEmb Georgetown Clayton, Tschetter, Pursley return to US PDF Text
1683 2 1/15  FBIHQ Search warrant regarding Larry Layton issued PDF Text
1684 3 1/16 FBI Fingerprint Lab ID of body sought through fingerprints PDF Text
1685 2 1/17  FBI-WFO Dwyer provides tapes; Pursley and Tschetter on watch list PDF Text
1686 14 1/18 FBI-BQ Fingerprint files, interviews for Pursley and Tschetter PDF Text
1687 1 1/19  FBI-Miami FBI issues watch list for agents in Miami PDF Text
1688 1 1/19  FBI-BQMRA 15 crates of documents arrive in San Francisco PDF Text
1689 1 1/3 FBIHQ Transmittal sheet for two tapes PDF Text
1690 6 1/15 FBI-BQ List of survivors, members of planning commission, interview PDF Text
1691 11 1/16 FBI-BQ Interviews with Jonestown survivors PDF Text
1692 7 1/17 FBI-BQ Interviews with Jonestown survivors PDF Text
1693 1 1/18 FBI-Phila HAM radio operator reports JT contact PDF Text
1694 1 1/18 FBI-SJ Tracking the travel of three survivors on Albatross PDF Text
1695 5 1/18  FBI-Buffalo Interview with PT contact, letter from Jonestown, newspaper article PDF Text
1696 1 1/16 FBI-IP Wiretap removed from Indianapolis phone PDF Text
1697 2 1/18 AmEmb Georgetown [dupe of 1746] PDF Text
1698 8 1/18 FBI-BQ Interviews with Leslie Wilson PDF Text
1699 3 1/16 State Dept. Tapes being transferred, cleaned up PDF Text
1700 3 1/19  FBIHQ FBI processes, duplicates tapes; receives documents PDF Text
1701 4 1/18 AmEmb Georgetown Albatross may be returning to Guyana PDF Text
1702 2 1/19 FBIHQ FBI makes efforts to identify 92 bodies PDF Text
1703 1 1/15 FBI-Bern US makes formal request to Swiss for cooperation PDF Text
1704 2 1/19 FBIHQ US makes formal request to Swiss for cooperation PDF Text
1705 5 1/20 State Dept. Protection of US assets vis-à-vis PT in Nassau PDF Text
1706 5 1/20 State Dept. Protection of US assets vis-à-vis PT in Trinidad and Tobago PDF Text
1707 6 1/20 State Dept. Protection of US assets vis-à-vis PT in Venezuela PDF Text
1708 5 1/20 State Dept. Protection of US assets vis-à-vis PT in Grenada PDF Text
1709 5 1/20 State Dept. Protection of US assets vis-à-vis PT in Curacao PDF Text
1710 2 1/22 FBI-WFO INS posts lookouts on PT members PDF Text
1711 1 1/22  FBIHQ US files suit vs. PT to recover costs of bodylift PDF Text
1712 3 1/10 FBI-BQ HAM radio operator reports JT contact PDF Text
1713 2 1/10  FBIHQ Sky marshals to accompany PT survivors, Clayton, Tschetter & Pursley PDF Text
1714 3 1/11 FBIHQ Grand jury subpoena to be served in Panama PDF Text
1715 2 1/11 FBI-BQ FBI seeks contact with HAM operator, PDF Text
1716 2 1/11  FBI-LA Ronnie Dennis, named as airstrip shooter, not identified yet PDF Text
1717 2 1/9 FBIHQ Sky marshals to accompany Clayton, Tschetter & Pursley PDF Text
1718 2 1/15 FBI-Newark FBI interview with HAM operator PDF Text
1719 2 1/17 FBI-SJ Tracking the travel of three survivors on Albatross PDF Text
1720 1 1/17 FBIHQ Transmittal sheet for documents PDF Text
1721 35 1/18  FBI-BQ FBI photographs eight returning survivors PDF Text
1722 53 1/18 FBI-BQ FBI photographs 12 returning survivors PDF Text
1723 15 1/19 FBI-BQ Interviews of Joan Pursley and Robin Tschetter PDF Text
1724 2 1/19  FBI-SF List of survivors still in Guyana PDF Text
1725 1 1/19 AmEmb – Georgetown Boxes of documents en route to US PDF Text
1726 5 1/22 AmEmb – Port of Spain Protection of US assets vis-à-vis PT in Trinidad and Tobago PDF Text
1727 2 1/22 FBIHQ [Justice text dupe of 1728] PDF Text
1728 3 1/22 AmEmb – Georgetown Report of preliminary inquiry into Amos murder PDF Text
1729 2 1/23   FBI-SF FBI checks into basketball tournament, Paula Adams passport 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 May 1st, 2018.

Last modified on November 18th, 2020.
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