0 251729Z NOV 78
FM CHICAGO (89- ) (P)
TO DIRECTOR IMMEDIATE
SAN FRANCISCO IMMEDIATE
On November 24, 1978, [deleted name] NBC New[s]-Chicago, telephonically advised that Walter Thain, who is a ham radio operator, address 74 Scientes, Boca Raton, Florida, spent a week in May, 1978 at the Peoples Temple (PT), Guyana. According to [deleted name], Thain, who is 74 years of age, is a scientist and can be reached at his laboratory telephone number 305-392-6622. According to [deleted name], Thain cannot be reached until noon time on November 27, 1978. Thain is
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allegedly in possession of five hours of tape recordings of messages from the PT.
[deleted name], Milwaukee, Wisconsin, [deleted name] allegedly is in possession of tape recordings dealing with approximately 25 to 30 recorded conversations with the PT. [deleted name] is a ham radio operator. [deleted name] allegedly has a photograph of Sara last name unknown. [deleted name] previously reported that Sara’s last name was believed to be Trott [Tropp]), (an alleged former attorney who was teaching at the PT).
[deleted name] (a retired colonel) who lives in a trailer on Route One at Bocachia Road, Key West, Florida, according to [deleted name] has had an interest in the alleged cryptic messages broadcast over the PT radio station.
[deleted name] stated that from his conversations with other ham radio operators that the individual using the name Al on the PT Guyana radio station was believed to be the name utilized by Jim Jones. According to [deleted name], Walter Thain provided this bit of information.
[deleted name] advised that he was unable to locate his notes and therefore was unable to state who handled the patch
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telephone call on October 12, 1978 from Sarah last name unknown in Guyana to Terry last name unknown in California.
Receiving offices are to conduct appropriate investigation.