RYMUR Section 6 – Serials 498-580

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 6, including serials 498-580. Almost all are dated during the second week – November 24-30, 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 540 would be cited as “RYMUR 89-4286-540.”

Serial
# of Pages
Date
Office of Origin
Description
PDF
Text
498 10 11/27 AmEmb Port of Spain State reports on press coverage of JT tragedy PDF Text
499 3 11/27 FBI-SF FBI negotiated with Mark Lane on interview PDF Text
500 3 11/27 FBI-SF Description of PT organization, operation PDF Text
501 4 11/27 FBI-SF Description of PT organization, operation [dupe of 500] PDF Text
502 4 11/27 FBI-SJ Interview with Vernon Gosney PDF Text
503 3 11/28 FBI-WFO HAM radio operator reports contacts with Jonestown PDF Text
504 2 11/29 FBI-LA FBI attempt to contacts Mervyn Dymally PDF Text
505 3 11/28 FBI-SF List of interviewed survivors PDF Text
506 2 11/28 FBI-Minneapolis HAM radio operator reports contacts with Jonestown PDF Text
507 2 11/28 FBI-SF List of people in SF Temple PDF Text
508 1 11/28 AmEmb Georgetown Passport for Sharon Amos located PDF Text
509 2 11/28 FBI-SF HAM radio operator reports contacts with Jonestown PDF Text
510 2 11/28 FBI-SC Interview with longtime Temple member PDF Text
511 4 11/28 FBI-SC HAM radio operator reports contacts with Jonestown PDF Text
512 2 11/28 FBI-SC Allegations re: drug smuggling into Jonestown PDF Text
513 1 11/28 FBI-SC Interview with former Temple member PDF Text
514 2 11/22 FBI-SC Questions on number of survivors, repatriation, return of bodies PDF Text
515 2 11/22 FBI-SC Bodies begin to arrive at Dover PDF Text
516 65 11/22 FBI-SC List of PT members from Guyanese immigration records PDF Text
517 4 11/24 FBI-SC Tish Leroy suicide note PDF Text
518 3 11/27 FBI-SC Informant alleges drug smuggling into Jonestown [duplicate of 447] PDF Text
519 1 11/28 FBI-SC Anonymous tip on Jonestown PDF Text
520 2 11/28 FBI-SC Woman reports brother may be in Jonestown PDF Text
521 4 11/28 FBI-MM Reports of interviews with Temple contacts, HAM operators PDF Text
522 3 11/28 FBI-AX Anonymous caller seeks info on Rozynko family PDF Text
523 2 11/27 FBI-SF FBI Daily Summary PDF Text
524 6 11/28 FBI-WFO HAM radio operator reports contacts with JT; FBI seeks tapes from FCC PDF Text
525 5 11/28 AmEmb Georgetown Info on seven elderly JT survivors PDF Text
526 4 11/28 SECSTATE State SitRep 23: Military mission complete; GOG cabinet to decide on FBI PDF Text
527 2 11/27 FBI-SF FBI seeks to interview mother of David Wise PDF Text
528 9 11/27 FBI-SF Interview with former member of PT, served on PC PDF Text
529 2 11/28 SECSTATE Query on status of Tom Bogue PDF Text
530 1 11/28 SECSTATE Query on status of Rebecca Beikman PDF Text
531 4 11/28 AmEmb Georgetown Report of 1977 trip by AID Rural Development office PDF Text
532 1 11/24 London [RYMUR administrative memo] PDF Text
533 3 11/28 FBI-DL Witness makes outlandish claims on military “hit” in S. America PDF Text
534 4 11/28 FBIHQ Laurence Schacht identified PDF Text
535 4 11/28 SECSTATE Report on Washington Post article on Tish Leroy suicide note PDF Text
536 2 11/28 AmEmb Georgetown Seven elderly survivors to leave Guyana PDF Text
537 3 11/28 FBI-SJ Vernon Gosney claims existence of hit list PDF Text
538 1 11/28 FBI-CG [RYMUR administrative memo] PDF Text
539 4 11/28 FBI-Norfolk FCC listens in on PT broadcasts PDF Text
540 4 11/28 FBI-SC Interview with former PT member PDF Text
541 5 11/28 AmEmb Georgetown Embassy reports on Barbados radio station PDF Text
542 2 11/28 FBI-Birmingham Relatives report JT residents were happy PDF Text
543 3 11/27 FBI-ME Mark Lane turns over notes about JT experience to FBI PDF Text
544 3 11/28 FBI-Mobile HAM operator reveals invitation to visit Jonestown in August 78 PDF Text
545 1 11/28 FBI-New Haven HAM radio operator reports contacts with JT PDF Text
546 1 11/28 FBI-AT Lane blocks disclosure of contact info with FBI PDF Text
547 7 11/28 FBI-Albany Interview with SF Sheriff Richard Hongisto PDF Text
548 2 11/28 FBI-ME Lane responds to FBI questions on hit list PDF Text
549 2 11/29 FBI-SJ Katsaris’ return to US PDF Text
550 2 11/29 FBI-SF “Dissident” member reports on shock treatments given in Temple PDF Text
551 2 11/28 FBI-SF FBI negotiates with Garry for interview PDF Text
552 1 11/28 FBI-SF List of Temple members who took SFPD weapons training course PDF Text
553 2 11/21 FBIHQ FBI sets up RYMUR investigation PDF Text
554 2 11/22 FBIHQ FBI sets up RYMUR investigation PDF Text
555 3 11/23 FBI-SF Daily summary: FBI seeks NBC tape, HAM operator interviews [partial duplicate of 246] PDF Text
556 2 11/23 FBIHQ Jackie Speier concerned about end of police protection PDF Text
557 1 11/24 FBIHQ Letter from private citizen blames FBI for JT deaths PDF Text
558 12 11/24 FBIHQ FBI discounts connection between PT and known fugitives in Guyana PDF Text
559 6 11/25 FBI-IP Interview with Indiana PT member [dupe of 364] PDF Text
560 2 11/25 FBI-SF [Contents of two pages withheld] PDF Text
561 1 11/28 FBI-Jackson Sen. Stennis apprised of possible attempts on life by PT hit squad PDF Text
562 2 11/28 FBIHQ Details on Stennis threat, identities of possible hit squad PDF Text
563 2 11/28 DA’s office-SF SF DA Freitas opens investigation of PT PDF Text
564 3 11/29 SECSTATE State SitRep 24: 7 elderly survivors leaving; GOG allows access to its records PDF Text
565 23 11/29 SECSTATE State Dept press briefing PDF Text
566 1 11/28 FBI-ME FBI negotiates for Lane interview PDF Text
567 3 11/29 FBI-Charlotte HAM radio operator reports contacts with Jonestown PDF Text
568 9 11/29 FBI-LA Interview with Gordon Lindsay PDF Text
569 2 11/28 FBI-SF Descriptions of Larry Layton, Charles Beikman PDF Text
570 2 11/29 FBI-Oklahoma City Identification of Lewis relatives in Guyana PDF Text
571 11 11/25 FBI-SF Signers of JT petition against Rep. Ryan PDF Text
572 1 11/30 FBIHQ Transmittal cover sheet for signatures of 571 PDF Text
573 1 11/27 FBIHQ Transmittal cover sheet for seven letters sent to FBI pre Nov. 18 PDF Text
574 4 11/28 FBI-SF List of living members considered dangerous PDF Text
575 4 11/29 FBI-DE Interview with former PT members PDF Text
576 3 11/29 AmEmb Georgetown US offers assistance to GOG in criminal examination of evidence PDF Text
577 1 11/29 FBI-ME FBI negotiates for Lane interview PDF Text
578 3 11/29 FBI-SJ HAM radio operator reports contacts with Jonestown PDF Text
579 5 11/28 FBI-PD Interview with former member from Ukiah days PDF Text
580 9 11/29 FBI-Kansas City Interview with former members from Indianapolis 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 26th, 2019.

Last modified on November 30th, 2020.
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