RYMUR Section 4 – Serials 312-383

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 4, including serials 312-383. 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 322 would be cited as “RYMUR 89-4286-322.”

Serial
# of Pages
Date
Office of Origin
Description
PDF
Text
312 8 11/25 FBI-SF Interview of Jim Cobb on attack at airstrip; indictment against named shooters PDF Text
313 3 11/24 FBIHQ FBI pursues “far-fetched” lead in investigation PDF Text
314 43 11/24 State Dept. Transcript of State Dept briefing, 11/20 PDF Text
315 1 11/24 FBI-Knoxville Taped radio conversations by HAM operator turned over to FBI PDF Text
316 3 11/24 FBI-Cincinnati HAM radio operator reports contacts with Jonestown PDF Text
317 1 11/24 FBI-SF FBI seeks interview with Walter Thain PDF Text
318 1 11/24 FBI-SF Notation of FBI interview of Charles Garry PDF Text
319 2 11/24 FBI-CO FBI arranges interviews with survivors PDF Text
320 2 11/24 FBI-SJ FBI travel arrangements PDF Text
321 2 11/23 FBI-LA FBI search for witnesses unsuccessful PDF Text
322 2 11/24 FBI-PD FBI contacts witness with knowledge of Peoples Temple PDF Text
323 2 11/25 AmEmb Port of Spain Trinidad contingent discuss security, dental, cremation subjects PDF Text
324 2 11/26 FBI-SF FBI travel arrangements PDF Text
325 1 11/24 FBI-St. Louis [RYMUR administrative memo] PDF Text
326 1 11/25 FBI-San Antonio [RYMUR administrative memo] PDF Text
327 7 11/24 FBI-Milwaukee HAM radio operators report contacts with Jonestown PDF Text
328 5 11/25 FBI-Phoenix HAM radio operators report contacts with Jonestown PDF Text
329 4 11/25 FBI-BT Carter patriarch interviewed about relatives in Guyana PDF Text
330 4 11/25 AmEmb Georgetown State reports Guyana political party blames US for Jonestown tragedy PDF Text
331 1 11/25 FBI-LA FBI reports HAM radio contact PDF Text
332 4 11/25 FBI-IP Interview with Jones childhood friend PDF Text
333 2 11/25 State Dept. FBI agents to carry guns in Guyana PDF Text
334 3 11/25 State Dept. State offers answer to queries about non-US children’s bodies transported to US PDF Text
335 4 11/25 JCS Updates on body counts, survivor status, search for missing people PDF Text
336 6 11/25 State Dept. List of Temple members PDF Text
337 4 11/25 FBI-Houston HAM radio operator reports contacts with Jonestown, FBI on Schacht family PDF Text
338 3 11/25 FBI-NO Interview with mother of survivor Robert Paul PDF Text
339 4 11/25 State Dept. Latest count is 794 counted, 532 sent to Dover PDF Text
340 2 11/25 AmEmb Port of Spain Report on the Trinidad contingent PDF Text
341 3 11/25 FBI-CG HAM operator gives info on Walter Thain PDF Text
342 4 11/25 FBI-AX List of congressional party to Georgetown and Jonestown PDF Text
343 2 11/25 State Dept. [Dupe of 365] PDF Text
344 2 11/25 State Dept. [Dupe of 382] PDF Text
345 2 11/25 JCS [Dupe of 383] PDF Text
346 4 11/24 FBI-SF FBI daily summary, 24 Nov 78 PDF Text
347 5 11/25 FBI-LA [Duplicate of 363] PDF Text
348 1 11/26 FBIHQ FBI takes custody of five suitcases from Guyana PDF Text
349 3 11/25 FBI-LA [Dupe of 385] PDF Text
350 8 11/25 FBI-SF [Dupe of 389] PDF Text
351 5 11/24 AmEmb Georgetown Doug Ellice reports on impression of Joseph Mazor PDF Text
352 3 11/24 FBI-Pittsburgh HAM radio operator reports contacts with Jonestown PDF Text
353 6 11/25 State Dept. State report of 25 Nov: 800 bodies, search for survivors continues PDF Text
354 42 11/25 State Dept. Transcript of State Dept briefing, 11/24 PDF Text
355 2 11/24 FBI-SF [RYMUR administrative memo] PDF Text
356 5 11/25 JCS [Dupe of 335] PDF Text
357 4 11/22 AmEmb Georgetown FBI, GOG discuss legal issues; serial numbers of weapons to be traced PDF Text
358 5 11/25 AmEmb Georgetown 32 guns listed; Guyana police reluctant to surrender guns PDF Text
359 1 11/25? FBI-SF Allegation that “hit team” will attack PT enemies PDF Text
360 2 11/25 FBI-SJ HAM radio operator reports contacts with Jonestown PDF Text
361 2 11/25 FBI-SJ Olivers released from hospital PDF Text
362 11 11/25 USJTF DOD report of 25 Nov: JT graveyard; water soluble ink on ID tags; med records found PDF Text
363 4 11/25 FBI-LA Interview with member of PT planning commission in California PDF Text
364 5 11/25 FBI-IP Interview with Indiana PT member PDF Text
365 5 11/25 State Dept. Suggested responses to press queries PDF Text
366 5 11/25 AmEmb Georgetown Passports issued for infants in JT PDF Text
367 5 11/25 State Dept. State issues list of JT dead for whom queries have been made PDF Text
368 3 11/25 FBI-Philadelphia HAM radio operator reports contacts with Jonestown PDF Text
369 2 11/25 FBI-BA Steve Katsaris flies to Guyana PDF Text
370 4 11/23 AmEmb Georgetown Info on Larry Layton PDF Text
371 3 11/24 FBI-LA Interview with Jeanette Kerns PDF Text
372 2 11/25 FBI-Charlotte Howard and Beverly Oliver return to US PDF Text
373 2 11/25 FBI-SF Results of FBI search of files on Leo Ryan PDF Text
374 4 11/25 FBI-San Antonio HAM radio operator reports contacts with Jonestown PDF Text
375 3 11/25 FBI-LA LA relatives of PT members furnish details on kin PDF Text
376 2 11/25 FBI-LA Fearful man seeks renewal of gun permit in Ventura PDF Text
377 1 11/24 FBI-BU FBI seeks to interview elderly witness PDF Text
378 3 11/25 AmEmb Georgetown Info on deaths before 11/18 PDF Text
379 3 11/22 AmEmb Georgetown [Dupe of 357] PDF Text
380 3 11/26 AmEmb Port of Spain [Dupe of 401 and 405] PDF Text
381 4 11/26 FBI-SF [Dupe of 404] PDF Text
382 4 11/25 State Dept. Repatriation issues for personal property, Temple property PDF Text
383 4 11/25 JCS Final count of bodies; ID at Dover limited by lack of data 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 December 8th, 2018.

Last modified on November 25th, 2020.
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