RYMUR Section 5 – Serials 384-497

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 5, including serials 384-497. Almost all are dated during the second week – November 24-27, 1978 – following the Jonestown tragedy.

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 440 would be cited as “RYMUR 89-4286-440.”

Serial
# of Pages
Date
Office of Origin
Description
PDF
Text
384 3 11/25 FBI-Milwaukee HAM radio operator reports contacts with Jonestown PDF Text
385 2 11/25 FBI-LA Interview with man who knew Temple members, including Jones’ son PDF Text
386 1 11/20 FBI-SF Identification aids en route to Dover PDF Text
387 3 11/26 FBIHQ SF & St. Louis FBI tasked with investigating Layton and Beikman PDF Text
388 3 11/26 SECSTATE [Referral; duplicate of 391 & 481] PDF Text
389 7 11/25 FBI-SF FBI lays out legal theories on pursuing conspiracy charges PDF Text
390 6 11/25 FBI-ME Mark Lane alleges PT hired person to break into home; negotiates immunity for Buford PDF Text
391 2 11/26 SECSTATE Members of press coming to Charleston, SC for arrival of survivors PDF Text
392 1 11/26 FBI-BA Olivers return to US PDF Text
393 3 11/25 FBI-Seattle Interview with John Biddulph, member of Eight Revolutionaries PDF Text
394 2 11/20 FBIHQ Tentative ID of Jim & Marceline Jones as among JT dead PDF Text
395 1 11/26 FBI-SF Daily summary of investigation PDF Text
396 2 11/26 SECSTATE Arrangements made for returning survivors, press arriving PDF Text
397 4 11/26 SECSTATE State Dept suggests post-clean-up tasks for military PDF Text
398 1 11/26 JCS Military reports Jonestown cleared PDF Text
399 2 11/26 SECSTATE Embassy considers hiring local counsel to represent US interests PDF Text
400 3 11/26 SECSTATE Arrangements for survivors returning to Charleston PDF Text
401 2 11/26 AmEmb Port of Spain Albatross leaves Trinidad PDF Text
402 6 11/26 USJTF Military presence being dismantled PDF Text
403 2 11/26 FBI-BU FBI seeks interview with several HAM operators PDF Text
404 2 11/26 FBI-SF Medical records to help with ID said to be in JT PDF Text
405 1 11/26 AmEmb Port of Spain FBI agents visiting Barbados will be carrying guns PDF Text
406 1 11/26 FBI-BA FBI effort to interview HAM operator PDF Text
407 3 11/24 FBI-WFO FBI and State Dept have list of 900 people believed to have died PDF Text
408 2 11/26 JCS Diplomatic delay on return of survivors PDF Text
409 2 11/26 AmEmb Georgetown Ambassador didn’t meet Jim Jones, receive Blakey affidavit; does have CR petition PDF Text
410 1 11/26 JCS [duplicate of 398] PDF Text
411 7 11/25 AmEmb Georgetown Embassy considers hiring local counsel PDF Text
412 7 11/25 SECSTATE Task force supplies and equipment PDF Text
413 3 11/25 FBI-AX List of congressional party to Georgetown & Jonestown PDF Text
414 8 11/26 USJTF Primary clean-up mission completed PDF Text
415 1 11/26 FBI-Phoenix FBI effort to interview HAM operator PDF Text
416 3 11/26 AmEmb Georgetown Description of final check of body removal PDF Text
417 3 11/26 SECSTATE Embassy responses to press queries PDF Text
418 3 11/26 SECSTATE Authority for funding helicopter PDF Text
419 2 11/26 AmEmb Georgetown Miguel de Pina’s departure PDF Text
420 3 11/25 AmEmb Georgetown Update on Larry Layton arrest PDF Text
421 5 11/26 AmEmb Georgetown Update on Chuck Beikman arrest PDF Text
422 2 11/27 SECSTATE DOD assets in Guyana PDF Text
423 4 11/27 JCS Military reports 912 bodies, JT medical records airlifted to Dover PDF Text
424 6 11/27 SECSTATE List of Peoples Temple members PDF Text
425 1 11/26 AmEmb Georgetown Engagement of local counsel PDF Text
426 1 11/27 AmEmb Port of Spain FBI agents to meet Temple vessel in Barbados PDF Text
427 8 11/27 FBI-IP interview with Jones family member PDF Text
428 2 11/27 FBI-BU HAM radio operator reports contacts with Jonestown PDF Text
429 1 11/27 FBI-BT Travel of Terry Carter Jones to Guyana PDF Text
430 3 11/27 JCS Final report on transport of bodies to Dover [duplicate of 440] PDF Text
431 2 11/27 FBI-NY Temple survivor returns to US PDF Text
432 1 11/27 Paris [RYMUR administrative memo] PDF Text
433 1 11/27 FBI-SF Ryan’s office locates correspondence with Lane PDF Text
434 4 11/27 FBI-MM Interview with Walter Thain, Jonestown visitor; HAM radio operator reports contacts PDF Text
435 4 11/27 FBI-LA FBI searches real estate offices of Temple member Kay Nelson PDF Text
436 3 11/27 AmEmb Bridgetown FBI visiting Barbados will have to surrender weapons, PT members “undesired” PDF Text
437 4 11/27 SECSTATE Dover in difficult process of making ID; Guyana withholds fingerprint cards PDF Text
438 2 11/27 FBI-SF Olivers to arrive in California PDF Text
439 1 11/27 AmEmb Georgetown Luckhoo declines representation of Larry Layton PDF Text
440 3 11/27 JCS Final report on transport of bodies to Dover PDF Text
441 2 11/27 FBI-Newark HAM radio operator reports contacts with Jonestown PDF Text
442 3 11/27 FBI-LA Interview reveals relatives of PT members, Jonestown dead PDF Text
443 3 11/27 FBI-Philadelphia FBI effort to interview HAM operators PDF Text
444 1 11/27 FBI-Newark HAM radio operator reports contacts with Jonestown PDF Text
445 4 11/27 FBI-TP Interview with spouse of longtime Temple member PDF Text
446 2 11/27 FBI-Milwaukee HAM radio operator reports contacts with Jonestown PDF Text
447 2 11/27 FBI-NY Informant alleges drug smuggling into Jonestown PDF Text
448 2 11/27 FBI-Milwaukee Woman believes runaway daughter may have been in Jonestown PDF Text
449 5 11/27 FBI-ME Mark Lane alleges PT hired person to break into Memphis home PDF Text
450 2 11/27 FBI-KC FBI effort to interview HAM operators PDF Text
451 3 11/27 FBI-IP Interview with Mickey Touchette PDF Text
452 2 11/28 FBI-SC Calif. DMV receives requests for photos and thumb prints for ID PDF Text
453 1 11/27 FBI-SF SF FBI wants 13 hours of NBC tape PDF Text
454 1 11/28 FBI-LA LAPD reports no arrest records of Jim Jones, or assault on David Wise PDF Text
455 1 11/27 FBI-SF FBI effort to interview HAM operators PDF Text
456 5 11/27 FBI-WFO Results of efforts to interview HAM operators PDF Text
457 4 11/27 FBI-SC Alleged PT member files false report, asserts link between Dan White and PT PDF Text
458 1 11/28 FBI-SF Name added to death list PDF Text
459 3 11/27 FBI-SF List of survivors returning to US PDF Text
460 1 11/28 FBI-LA Witness refuses to talk to FBI PDF Text
461 1 11/28 SECSTATE Richard Janaro’s relative seek contact PDF Text
462 3 11/27 FBI-Mobile HAM radio operator reports contacts with Jonestown PDF Text
463 2 11/27 JCS Termination of crisis action team PDF Text
464 1 11/18 State/FBI Flash cable with first word of Ryan’s death to FBI PDF Text
465 1 11/20 State Guyana Working Group Guyanese Crisis Committee approves medevac and graves registration PDF Text
466 1 11/20 State Guyana Working Group Early count of deaths in JT, military aircraft en route PDF Text
467 4 11/22 FBI-SF Description of PT organization, operation [duplicate of 300] PDF Text
468 1 11/21 State Guyana Working Group State proposes to Embassy that bodies be buried on site PDF Text
469 1 11/22 FBIHQ Airlift of bodies to Dover AFB PDF Text
470 3 11/22 State Guyana Working Group Layton in custody; few survivors located; Next-of-kin being notified PDF Text
471 1 11/22 FBIHQ Establishment of RYMUR command center PDF Text
472 2 11/22 State Guyana Working Group Military operations report PDF Text
473 1 11/22 FBI-New Haven HAM radio operator reports contacts with Jonestown PDF Text
474 4 11/24 FBI-SJ FBI to interview JT survivors from PT boat Albatross arriving in Trinidad PDF Text
475 2 11/24 FBIHQ Daily FBI summary PDF Text
476 3 11/25 FBI-BU HAM magazine article on contacts with Jonestown PDF Text
477 2 11/26 FBIHQ Report of short phone call to FBI from someone with info on PT PDF Text
478 3 11/26 FBIHQ Daily FBI summary PDF Text
479 1 11/26 FBIHQ FBI informed PT medical and dental records should be in JT PDF Text
480 4 11/26 SECSTATE SitRep 21: last bodies removed; military “retrograde” underway; trial date for Layton PDF Text
481 2 11/26 AmEmb Georgetown Replies to questions about PT arrests PDF Text
482 8 11/26 AmEmb Georgetown Status of survivors PDF Text
483 2 11/26 State Guyana Task Force [duplicate of 480] PDF Text
484 9 11/27 FBIHQ Tish Leroy suicide note PDF Text
485 2 11/27 FBIHQ Secret Service requests interview with Stephan Jones, basketball team PDF Text
486 1 11/27 FBIHQ Ukiah dentist to assist in identification PDF Text
487 2 11/27 FBIHQ Dover AFB asks Guyana for fingerprint records of JT dead PDF Text
488 2 11/27 FBIHQ SitRep 21: last bodies removed; military “retrograde” underway; trial date for Layton PDF Text
489 4 11/24 FBIHQ FBI wants Leroy suicide note; GOG reports 78 survivors PDF Text
490 1 11/24 FBIHQ Alleged threats on Anthony Katsaris PDF Text
491 4 11/24 FBIHQ FBI seeks to interview Lane and Garry PDF Text
492 2 11/28 FBI-SF Name added to death list [dupe of 458] PDF Text
493 5 11/27 FBI-SJ Interview with Vern Gosney [dupe of 502] PDF Text
494 4 11/27 FBI-SF List of survivors returning to US [dupe of 459] PDF Text
495 1 11/27 FBI-MM Witness sought by FBI already interviewed PDF Text
496 2 11/27 AmEmb Georgetown Guyanese police take custody of physical evidence (Layton gun, 32 guns, briefcase) PDF Text
497 3 11/27 FBI-NO Interview with relatives of Selika Bordenave 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 March 24th, 2019.

Last modified on November 25th, 2020.
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