RYMUR Section 30 – Serials 1980-2083

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 30, including serials 1980-2083. Almost all are dated March 1979.

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 2050 would be cited as “RYMUR 89-4286-2050.”

Serial # of pages Date Office of Origin Description PDF Text
21 Section 30 administrative memoranda PDF Text
1980 23 3/8 FBI-BQMRA Photographs of Stephan Jones PDF Text
1981 7 3/8 FBIHQ PT assets PDF Text
1982 3 3/6 AmEmb Georgetown Embassy reports on Rex McKay’s request that judge in Layton case recuse himself PDF Text
1983 4 3/9 FBIHQ Treasury checks in Guyana, survivor countersuits, GOG plans to monitor survivors PDF Text
1984 2 3/8 FBI-SF Charges against Layton dropped in Guyana PDF Text
1985 4 3/12 FBIHQ JT’s self-incriminating letters, death threats released PDF Text
1986 6 2/27 FBI-WFO Interview with House committee investigator into Ryan’s death PDF Text
1987 1 3/12 FBIHQ FBI director rejects request for letters PDF Text
1988 3 3/12 AmEmb Georgetown [dupe of 1979] PDF Text
1989 6 3/13 FBI-WFO [dupe of 1985] PDF Text
1990 1 2/16 Legat Caracas Mootoo to furnish toxicology study for poison in JT PDF Text
1991 1 3/14 FBIHQ Mootoo delayed in furnishing toxicology study PDF Text
(after) 1991 3 3/13 FBIHQ Photographic work ordered from FBI lab PDF Text
1992 1 3/14 FBI-SC Mike Prokes shoots self at news conference PDF Text
1993 1 3/14 FBIHQ [dupe of 1992] PDF Text
1994 1 3/15 FBI-SF Grand jury indicts Larry Layton PDF Text
1995 17 3/14 FBI-SC Statement of Mike Prokes before shooting himself PDF Text
1996 17 3/15 FBIHQ [dupe of 1995] PDF Text
1997 1 3/15 Legat Caracas GOG asks for return of some materials PDF Text
1998 1 3/6 FBI-DE Odell Rhodes may be recontacted by FBI PDF Text
1999 7 3/21 FBIHQ Description of bullets recovered from Chris Lewis murder scene PDF Text
2000 1 3/19 FBI-SF FBI requests materials from Prokes press conference PDF Text
2002 2 3/19 AmEmb Georgetown New York Times reports that “death tape” to be marketed PDF Text
2003 2 3/19 FBIHQ US contacts Panama regarding civil suits against PT PDF Text
2004 2 3/18 FBI Identification Section FBI unable to match footprints to any of JT dead PDF Text
2005 1 3/15 FBI-SF Grand jury lists unindicted codefendants in case against Layton PDF Text
2006 4 3/16 FBIHQ Report on suicide of Mike Prokes PDF Text
2006 (post) 1 3/13 DOJ Criminal Division Criminal Investigative Division memo on RYMUR investigation PDF Text
2007 5 3/13 FBI-SF [dupe of 1985] PDF Text
2007 (post) 6 2/27 FBI-Boston Source claims to sell gold on behalf of PT PDF Text
2012 6 3/9 SecState Embassy has questions about Temple checks in Guyana, suit filed by survivors PDF Text
2013 4 3/9 FBI Identification Section FBI identifies body of Irma Gill PDF Text
2014 24 3/7 DOJ Civil Division Temple articles of incorporation in other countries PDF Text
2015 2 2/16 FBIHQ Memo on Mootoo trip to USA [dupe of 1990]] PDF Text
2016 13 2/15 Legat Caracas Report on crates, passports found in JT, transferred to US PDF Text
2017 3 2/28 FBIHQ Short report from serology and firearm units of FBI PDF Text
2018 6 3/23 FBI-SF Guyana Evidence Index PDF Text
2019 1 3/28 FBIHQ Request for appearance before grand jury PDF Text
2020 1 3/22 FBIHQ State seeks to interview Norman Ijames PDF Text
2021 1 3/27 FBIHQ State seeks to interview Norman Ijames; follow-up to 2020 PDF Text
2022 4 3/27 FBIHQ Request for interview of, and letter from, CR member Clare Bouquet PDF Text
2023 9 3/27 FBIHQ Investigation of ties between PT and CPUSA; PT memos on issue PDF Text
2024 1 3/26 Legat Caracas Memo on grand jury appearance PDF Text
2025 1 3/26 FBIHQ Memo on grand jury appearance [retransmittal of 2024] PDF Text
2026 2 3/23 FBI-SF Memo on shipment of Guyana evidence transported to US PDF Text
2027 7 3/23 FBI Identification Section Report on fingerprints of JT survivors PDF Text
2028 1 3/23 FBI-SF Cover sheet for Guyana Evidence Index PDF Text
2029 1 3/12 FBI-SF Request for identification of fingerprints PDF Text
2030 2 3/22 FBI Identification Section Response to request for identification of fingerprints PDF Text
2031 2 3/21 FBIHQ [Retransmittal of 2048] PDF Text
2032 3 3/15 AmEmb Georgetown State Dept reply to Embassy question on Temple checks PDF Text
2033 2 3/16 FBI-DE Request to compare tape of JT broadcast with sample of JJ voice PDF Text
2034 3 3/15 FBI-Milwaukee Interview with HAM operator who claims GOG more deeply involved in JT PDF Text
2035 66 3/15 FBI-SC Report on Michael Prokes suicide, copy of suicide note & packet PDF Text
2036 1 3/13 FBI-SC Gov. Reagan advised of alleged hit list PDF Text
2039 2 2/16 FBI-NY Review of polygraph of unnamed Temple member PDF Text
2040 1 3/9 FBIHQ State looks into 1977 contacts with PT PDF Text
2042 2 3/13 Legat Mexico Cover memo for photo of Larry Schacht PDF Text
2043x 2 2/14 FBIHQ Proposal to decipher PT radio codebooks PDF Text
2047 4 3/21 FBI-SF Request to travel to Guyana to meet Skip Roberts PDF Text
2048 2 3/21 FBI-SF FBI request to interview survivors who testified at coroner’s inquest PDF Text
(after) 2048 1  3/21 FBI-SF Transfer page for photos PDF Text
2049 2 3/21 FBIHQ Identifications of two additional bodies PDF Text
2050 2 3/22 Legat Caracas Partial inventory of evidentiary materials shipped to US from Guyana PDF Text
2051 3 3/22 FBI Identification Section Report of fingerprint lab PDF Text
2052 1 3/22 FBI-SF US Atty seeks testimony of Embassy official (Dwyer 2054) before grand jury PDF Text
2053 1 3/22 FBIHQ [Retransmittal of Serial 2052] PDF Text
(after) 2053 2 FBI-NY Transfer page for photos PDF Text
2054 2 3/23 AmEmb Georgetown US Atty seeks testimony of Dwyer before grand jury PDF Text
2055 1 3/23 FBI-SF FBI review of evidence shows no bearer certificates PDF Text
2056 2 3/23 FBIHQ [Retransmittal of 2026] PDF Text
2057 3 3/24 SecState State discusses Privacy Act in response to FBI for info PDF Text
2059 11 3/26 FBIHQ Report on audio-visual materials recovered from JT PDF Text
(after) 2060 1 3/27 FBIHQ Transfer page for photos PDF Text
2061 2 3/27 FBIHQ Report on audio-visual materials recovered from JT PDF Text
2062 2 3/26 AmEmb Georgetown Mootoo says he made no formal report, did no toxicology of PK victims PDF Text
2063 1 3/28 FBI-SF US Atty seeks testimony of Embassy official (likely Dwyer) before grand jury PDF Text
2064 1 3/12 FBI-SF Report on dental records of Selika Bordenave PDF Text
2065 2 3/28 FBI Identification Section Report on dental records of Selika Bordenave PDF Text
2066 1 3/29 FBI-BQMRA Report on xerox materials shipped to FBI from Guyana PDF Text
2067 1 3/29 FBIHQ Report on xerox materials shipped to FBI from Guyana (dupe of 2066) PDF Text
2068 2 3/29 FBIHQ Authorization for SF FBI agent to travel to Guyana PDF Text
2069 3 3/29 FBIHQ Authorization for SF FBI agent to travel to Guyana PDF Text
2070 2 3/29 FBI-SF State seeks to interview Norman Ijames PDF Text
(after) 2071 1 3/30 FBIHQ Transfer page for photos PDF Text
2072 1 4/2 FBI-MM Monarch Aviation reveals that Norman Ijames working for them PDF Text
2073 8 4/2 FBI-BQMRA Photos of Stephan Jones PDF Text
2077 2 4/2 FBI-SF Reports of tape in which PT members declare allegiance to socialism PDF Text
2079 2 4/3 FBI-WFO Report on efforts of three PT members applying for passports PDF Text
2080 2 4/4 Legat Caracas FBI reports on efforts to negotiate with GOG PDF Text
2081 1 4/5 FBIHQ Cover sheet for photos [not included] PDF Text
2082 2 3/8 FBI-SF Cover sheet for Guyana evidence [not included] PDF Text
2082x 1 3/13 FBI-SF FBI requested to look into possibility of missing person being in JT PDF Text
2082×1 1 3/16 FBIHQ Cover sheet for photos PDF Text
2083 1 3/21 Investigation into PT relationship with Soviet Union 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 April 1st, 2019.

Last modified on December 1st, 2020.
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