RYMUR Section 2 – Serials 101-207

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 2, including serials 101-207. All are 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 150 would be cited as “RYMUR 89-4286-150.”

Serial
# of Pages
Date
Office of Origin
Description
PDF
Text
101 2 11/21 FBI-SF Funeral arrangements for Ryan, Bob Brown PDF Text
102 2 11/21 FBI-SF Cudjoe reportedly shipped arms from SF to Guyana PDF Text
103 6 11/21 FBI-SF Interview with Joe Holsinger PDF Text
104 3 11/23 FBI-SF Funeral arrangements for Ryan PDF Text
105 2 11/21 FBI-SF US Atty to call grand jury PDF Text
106 1 11/21 FBI-SF Funeral arrangements for Ryan PDF Text
107 1 11/21  FBI-SF Mike Prokes reportedly has info on who shot Jones PDF Text
108 2 11/21 FBI-SF Former member Ruth Kerns provides info to FBI PDF Text
109 2 11/21 FBI-SF Phil Tracy volunteers info on PT PDF Text
110 2 11/21 FBI-SF Former member claims hit list exists PDF Text
111 2 11/21 FBI-SF Reports of Dymally connection to PT PDF Text
112 4 11/19 FBI-LA FBI follows up leads from LA field office PDF Text
113 2 11/20 FBI-MM FBI agents en route to Guyana PDF Text
114 8 11/20 FBI-SJ [Duplicate of 879] PDF Text
115 1 11/19 FBI-LA FBI attempts to locate Larry Layton’s brother in LA area PDF Text
116 2 11/20 AmEmb Georgetown [Duplicate of 26] PDF Text
117 7 11/20 FBI-SJ [Duplicate of 879] PDF Text
118 6 11/20 State Dept. State argues that arrested Americans should be prosecuted by US, not GOG PDF Text
119 4 11/20 AmEmb Georgetown Embassy consults with Guyana police on needs and protocols PDF Text
120 3 11/21  FBI-AQ HAM radio operator reports contacts with JT PDF Text
121 8 11/21 FBI-SJ FBI follows up early leads on shooters at airstrip, hit list PDF Text
(after) 121 2 11/22  CID Former member has info on assassinations, retaliation PDF Text
122 7 11/21  FBI-SC Defector member provides info on PT PDF Text
123 6 11/21 FBI-BA Ron Javers gives narrative of events PDF Text
124 1 11/21 FBI-AT Plane with body of Don Harris arrives in US PDF Text
125 3 11/20 FBI-Knoxville HAM radio operator reports contacts with JT, several deletions of single person PDF Text
126 2 11/21 FBI-LA Members of Concerned Relatives return from Guyana PDF Text
127 7 11/21  FBI-BA [Virtual duplicate of 123] PDF Text
128 2 11/21 FBI-LA FBI background on Jim Jones PDF Text
129 2 11/21  FBI-SF [virtual dupe of 157] PDF Text
130 1 11/21  FBI-Las Vegas [RYMUR administrative memo] PDF Text
(after) 130 1 11/21  CID Former member claims knowledge of numerous PT crimes PDF Text
131 5 11/21 FBI-DL Former member reports on crimes committed by PT members, numerous deletions PDF Text
132 5 11/21  FBI-CG HAM radio operator reports contacts with JT PDF Text
133 3 11/20 FBI-AQ HAM radio operators report contacts with JT PDF Text
134 4 11/21 FBI-TP HAM radio operator reports negative contacts with JT PDF Text
135 2 11/21  FBI-DN Contact of TOS doesn’t want FBI contact PDF Text
136 6 11/21 FBI-SC FBI transmits articles of incorporation, Jones’ fingerprints PDF Text
137 5 11/22 FBI-SF Former members give account of life in PT, warns of death squads [Duplicate of 300] PDF Text
138 6 11/22 FBI-BA [Duplicate of 194] PDF Text
139 8 11/23 FBI-SC [Duplicate of 222] PDF Text
140 6 11/22  FBI-SC Interview with former member from Indianapolis, likely follow-up from Serial 222 PDF Text
141 5 11/21 State Dept. 405 bodies found; bodies decomposing after 50 hours, survivor search on PDF Text
142 2 11/22 FBI-SJ HAM radio operator reports use of codes, several deletions, likely of same person PDF Text
143 5 11/22 FBI-SJ Relatives in congressional party report on basketball team PDF Text
144 2 11/22  FBI-SC Sacramento FBI field office reports on Ryan files PDF Text
145 2 11/22  FBI-AT HAM radio operator reports contacts with JT PDF Text
146 2 11/22 FBI-AX Report of PT hit list PDF Text
147 2 11/22 FBI-SC Report on notary publics in PT; Joe Mazor investigated PT PDF Text
148 3 11/22 FBI-PD Interview with former member, critic in US PDF Text
149 7 11/22 FBI-PD Interview with former member Ruth Kerns PDF Text
150 4 11/22 FBI-MM HAM radio operator reports contacts with JT PDF Text
151 2 11/22 FBI-LA LA FBI office seeks guidance PDF Text
152 4 11/22 FBI-LA Woman tells of family involvement in PT PDF Text
153 9 11/21 FBI-WFO Discussion of Temple radio licenses through FCC, Ryan travel PDF Text
154 2 11/22 FBI-WFO FCC tapes of monitored Temple radio traffic available with subpoena PDF Text
155 5 11/22 FBI-DN Former member gives interview, speaks of TOS knowledge of PT PDF Text
156 1 11/22 FBI-DL Potential witness has not recontacted FBI PDF Text
157 1 11/21  FBI-SF Location of Lamaha Gardens house PDF Text
158 2 11/21 FBI-SF [Duplicate of 157] PDF Text
159 5 11/23 FBI-DL Witness claims to be part of conspiracy vs JT PDF Text
160 7 11/23 State Dept. 74 survivors permitted to leave; Layton arraigned; visible ID now impossible PDF Text
161 2 11/22  FBI-SJ HAM radio operator reports contacts with JT PDF Text
162 1 [all withheld under b1] PDF Text
163 1 [all withheld under b1] PDF Text
164 3 11/19 JCS, WDC DOD Secretary authorizes Guyana operation to return bodies to US PDF Text
165 1 11/19 FBIHQ Reports of suicides in Guyana PDF Text
166 3 11/19 FBIHQ FBI to examine its records in PT; survivors in GT need protection PDF Text
167 6 11/19 State Dept. State report of 11/19 (1 pm) lists PK dead and seriously wounded; C-130 en route PDF Text
168 2 11/19 State Dept. State report of 11/19 (7 pm) reports Amos deaths, MEDEVAC en route PDF Text
169 1 11/20 FBIHQ Death threat to Holsinger PDF Text
170 1 11/20 FBIHQ FBI learns of potential witness PDF Text
171 2 11/20 FBIHQ Early reports indicate 400 dead in JT, Jim Jones in custody in Matthews Ridge PDF Text
172 2 11/20 FBIHQ PK victims being evacuated from Guyana PDF Text
173 1 11/20 DOJ FBI claims jurisdiction in prosecuting law out of country PDF Text
174 3 11/20 FBIHQ FBI reviews its own jurisdiction, laws to investigate deaths PDF Text
175 1+5 11/19  CIA CIA reports on deaths in Guyana [Most withheld under b1] PDF Text
176 3 11/21  FBIHQ Description of scope of RYMUR investigation; FBI learns of potential witness PDF Text
177 1 11/21 FBIHQ Verification of legal basis for investigation PDF Text
178 1 11/21 FBIHQ Verification of legal basis for investigation PDF Text
179 3 11/21 FBIHQ Review of files already made of PT PDF Text
180 2 11/21  FBIHQ [Duplicate of 187] PDF Text
181 1 11/21  FBIHQ [RYMUR administrative memo] PDF Text
182 1 11/21 FBIHQ FBI interviews Tim Stoen, Jeff Haas PDF Text
183 1 11/21 FBIHQ FBI has problems getting into Guyana PDF Text
184 1 11/21 FBIHQ Anonymous source calls State to report on five names of Temple members PDF Text
185 3 11/21 FBIHQ HAM radio operator reports contacts with JT PDF Text
186 3 11/21 FBIHQ FBI reports Ryan did not contact agency re: PT PDF Text
187 2 11/21 FBIHQ Assignment of agents to Guyana PDF Text
188 3 11/21 FBI-SF [Duplicate of 102] PDF Text
189 2 11/21 JCS/WDC State requests DOD airlift support PDF Text
190 1 [All withheld under b1] PDF Text
191 1 11/22 FBIHQ Authority for FBI agents to travel on military flights to Guyana PDF Text
192 1 11/22  FBIHQ 81 bodies from Jonestown to be flown to Dover AFB PDF Text
193 5 11/20 FBIHQ Description of RYMUR investigation; request to establish contact with NBC PDF Text
194 5 11/22 FBI-BA Temple survivor returns; Ryan briefcase; HAM radio recordings; PDF Text
195 2 11/22 FBIHQ FBI role in Guyana PDF Text
196 3 11/22 FBIHQ FBI role in investigating RYMUR [Much withheld under b1] PDF Text
197 4 11/22 FBIHQ Release of PT petition against govt harassment, 4/78 PDF Text
198 2 11/22 State Dept. US investigates Jim Cobb claim that US Embassy official was compromised PDF Text
199 1 11/22 FBI-DE HAM radio operator denies contact with PT PDF Text
200 2 11/22 FBI-SF Interview with Indianapolis follower of PT PDF Text
201 8 11/22 FBI-WFO Discussion of Temple radio licenses through FCC, need subpoena PDF Text
202 4 11/23  FBI-LA Interview with non-member at Human Freedom Center PDF Text
203 2 11/23 FBI-NY NBC reports on 13 hours of video [Duplicate of 220] PDF Text
204 1 11/23 FBI-SF HAM radio operators complained to FCC about PT PDF Text
205 2 11/23  FBI-SF FBI attempts to locate former member of PT PDF Text
206 3 11/23  FBIHQ Former PT member contact with FBI PDF Text
207 1 11/23  FBI-Newark Report of HAM radio patch with JT 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 18th, 2018.

Last modified on November 18th, 2020.
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