Serial 56

[Editor’s note: This document was released both as a State Department cable as part of its 1981 FOIA release, and as Serial 56 of the FBI’s RYMUR release. The text was released at https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1978GEORGE03818_d.html.

[This release withholds material originally provided by the FBI. That material is designated in red type.]

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ACTION SCS-06
INFO OCT-01 ARA-15 ISO-00 H-02 SS-15 NSC-05 CIAE-00
INR-10 NSAE-00 DODE-00 PA-02 FBIE-00 CA-01 MCT-02
SY-05 PPTE-00 /064 W
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R 202300Z NOV 78
FM AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 8107
UNCLAS GEORGETOWN 3818
C O R R E C T E D C O P Y (EO, TAGS, SUBJECT)
E.O. 11652: N/A
TAGS: CDES GY (AMOS, LINDA SHARON (HARRIS, LIANE)
MURDER/SUICIDE AT PEOPLES TEMPLE GEORGETOWN RESIDENCE
A. UNCLAS STATE 293789 B. GEORGETOWN 3789

A. Embassy has further information on subjevts. “Sharon Amos” was born Linda Sharon Silverstein. She was at one time married to Sherwin Harris from who she is now divorced and subsequently began using the surname Amos. It is possible that she was not legally married to Mr Amos. She was approximately 40 years old and about 4’10” tall. Before coming to the Jonestown project she resided in California.

B. Liane Harris was reportedly born November 26, 1956 [“Sensitive Information Removed Per NARA 15 DEC 2014,” provided in original text] in San Francisco. No other names are know [known] to have been used.

C. Mr Harris informs us that the two younger children were named Christa and Martin Amos. He believes that Christa was 11 years old and Martin was 10. He attributed our underestimation in Ref B to their slight stature.

Burke [John Burke, U.S. Ambassador to Guyana]

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Originally posted on May 16th, 2018.

Last modified on June 24th, 2022.
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