Serial 521

[Editor’s note: One of the subjects of this serial whose name is deleted is Dr. Walter Thain. The deleted information from the memorandum – designated by brackets – which is known to the editor has been indicated by red type.]

0 28 NOV 78
FM MIAMI (89-179) (P)
TO DIRECTOR (89-4286) IMMEDIATE
CHICAGO IMMEDIATE
SAN FRANCISCO (89-250) IMMEDIATE
BT
UNCLAS
RYMUR.

Re Miami teletype to the Bureau dated November 27, 1978, Bureau teletype to offices dated November 27, 1978, and Miami telephone calls to San Francisco on November 28, 1978.

On November 27, 1970, 70 items of correspondence addressed to [deleted name] [Walter Thain], Boca Raton, Florida, from members of Peoples Temple (PT), San Francisco, and Guyana, provided to FBI, Miami, by [Thain]. A review of those items disclosed they generally express appreciation to [Thain] for his medical aid, mention his trip to Jonestown, wish him good health, et cetera. No mention made of plans of violence, suicide

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pact, Congressman Ryan, et cetera. Most correspondence reflects return addresses. Review of Miami file, this case, disclosed no names of suspects or others similar to those on [Thain] correspondence, with the exception of Christine Kice, possibly related to Tom Kice. Christine Kice’s San Francisco address furnished San Francisco by telephone call.

Additionally, [Thain] furnished seven photographs he took in Guyana last spring. Several photographs depict Dr. Larry Schact [Schacht]. One photograph depicts Jim Jones’ wife, Marcelline [Marceline] Jones, and one photograph depicts Jones’ daughter, Debbie Jones. One photograph shows PT Georgetown guest house, where, according to [Thain], radio station WB6NMH/8R3 was located. Numerous unknown persons also depicted in photographs.

In regard to five hour tape of radio conversation in [Thain]’s possession, [Thain] has advised entire conversation concerns delivery of twins and nothing more.

[Thain] stated [name deleted], D.D.S., [address deleted], Chicago Heights, Illinois, telephone number [deleted] is

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president of Medical Amateur Radio Council (MARCO) and may be able to provide further information regarding PT transmissions.

[Thain] further noted MARCO editorial office operated by Dr. [name and address deleted], Springfield, Illinois. Miami notes should additional leads be needed in future regard to MARCO, or its members, that office may be of use.

Telephone calls to San Francisco determined original correspondence and photographs to be forwarded to San Francisco by airtel. San Francisco advised in view of nature of tape, tape would not be needed at present, but arrangements to be made to insure availability at future date.

[Name and address deleted], Fort Lauderdale, Florida, telephone number [deleted], interviewed evening of November 27, 1978. [name deleted], a “ham” operator, advised he had radio contact with PT station in Guyana through early November, this year. Nature of conversations concerned medical advice, need for food and clothing, et cetera and telephone “patches”. [name deleted] received some correspondence

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from PT, Guyana, which he no longer has. Letters generally described life at Jonestown. [name deleted] could not recall any information pertaining to violence, Congressman Ryan’s visit, et cetera. [name deleted] made no tapes of radio conversations.

Liaison established with U.S. Secret Service, Miami, this case.

Chicago, interview Dr. [name deleted] regarding any information in regard to PT Guyana radio broadcast.

Miami will forward correspondence and photographs to San Francisco.

Armed and dangerous and suicidal tendencies.

BT

Originally posted on March 26th, 2019.

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