Serial 457

0 270005Z NOV 78
FM SACRAMENTO (89-191) (P)
TO BUREAU IMMEDIATE
SAN FRANCISCO (89-250) IMMEDIATE
LOS ANGELES IMMEDIATE
BT
UNCLAS
RYMUR, 00: SF

Re SC teletype Nov 22, 1978, and telcalls of SA [name deleted] Fresno RA to [name deleted], SF Division and [name deleted] LA Division, Nov 27, 1978.

On Nov 27, 1978, at 11:40 A.M. PDT, [name deleted] contacted Fresno RA and stated that Dan White was not known by him to be a member of the People’s Temple (PT). He stated, however, a lack of obvious connection between White and PT should not rule out Mayor Mosconi’s [Moscone’s] assassination as a PT retaliation. [name deleted] stated that this was typical of the way Jones would mask his criminal acts. [name deleted]

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reiterated Jones’ power and influence in SF politics and claimed that by intimidation, bribery, black mail, and extortion White could have been influenced by PT to murder Mosconi. [name deleted] stated he had no solid evidence or reasons but believed that in light of Mosconi’s murder authorities should be alerted for an attempt on Mayor Tom Bradley.

At 11:45 A.M. PDT, [name deleted], reporter, KMJ TV Fresno, California, received a telephone call from a male who indicated he was calling from SF and was familiar with [name deleted] of KMJ’s news department. He stated he had information regarding Mosconi’s assassination in SF. He stated he was a current member of PT and that Dan White was a former member. Caller stated assassination was definitely a PT retaliation. Caller said if White gets out of SF he is going to Rancho Cordova, a small town near Sacramento. He said Mosconi was not his only target and Mayor Tom Bradley of LA was next. He suggested KMJ called Bradley’s office and alert him.

[name deleted] stated caller indicated he was flying to Fresno this afternoon and might recontact [name deleted]. Caller described as articulate male probably white in 20’s. Caller very concerned

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about whether interview being taped.

At 12:10 PM PDT, SA [name deleted], USFS Fresno, received call from male who stated he had tried to call FBI Fresno but received no answer. He stated he knew [name deleted] who is currently assigned to Fresno FBI. Caller told [name deleted] that Mosconi’s assassin, Dale (sic) White was en route to Rancho Cordova via Livermore and Castro Valley driving a 1978 silver over light blue van. He claimed this was retaliation murder and that White was connected to PT. He himself claimed to be a member but was leaving. He stated he had seen the “hit” list and Mayor Tom Bradley was to be assassinated tomorrow morning. [name deleted] asked who else was on the list and caller hung up. [name deleted] described caller similar to [name deleted]. Caller stated he was calling from SF and was very concerned about being taped or traced. SA [name deleted] advised caller might be former [information deleted] or one [name deleted], a suspect in SC 52-3026. SF is referred to SF let to SC dated Nov 16, 1978, on SF 183-380.

It now appears caller to TMJ and SA [name deleted] are probably same individual. Also [name deleted], reporter for Clovis Independent, Fresno, suburban newspaper, received similar call at about

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11:30 A.M. PDT. SA [name deleted] knows [name deleted] voice and eliminated him as caller.

LA at LA. Insure Mayor Bradley advised of threat.

SC will review above files an effort to locate [name deleted] and [name deleted] re knowledge of PT.

At Fresno will interview [name deleted].

BT

Originally posted on March 24th, 2019.

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