RYMUR Section 9 – Serials 727-795

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 9, including serials 727-795. Most are dated from either the last few days of November or first few days of December 1978.

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 750 would be cited as “RYMUR 89-4286-750.”

Serial
# of Pages
Date
Office of Origin
Description
PDF
Text
727 1 11/30 FBIHQ Transmittal sheet of Ryan autopsy report PDF Text
728 1 11/23 FBIHQ HAM operator reports contacts with JT PDF Text
729 6 11/25 FBI-SF Affidavit outlining Jim Cobb version of events at Port Kaituma airstrip PDF Text
730 4 11/27 FBIHQ Statement of PC member, status of survivors PDF Text
731 11 11/28 FBI-Tampa Letters, postcards sent to HAM’s; news articles PDF Text
732 1 11/27 FBIHQ Webster letter to Vance urging State Dept. cooperation PDF Text
733 1 11/30 FBIHQ Memo on desirability of conducting autopsies PDF Text
734 1 11/30 FBI-SF Notice of grand jury subpoena PDF Text
735 3 11/30 FBI-SF Daily summary: subpoena; Buford testimony; returning survivors [Dupe of 686] PDF Text
736 5 11/30 FBIHQ Letter to FBI about danger of cults PDF Text
737 4 12/1 FBIHQ Request to classify certain info as natl security PDF Text
738 17 12/1 FBI-DL Former members speak of hit list, firearms acquisition, drugs [duplicate of 786] PDF Text
739 4 12/1 FBI-SF Negotiations for Buford testimony, Freitas request PDF Text
740 9 12/4 FBI-NY Letter from Marion Campbell, written before deaths PDF Text
741 2 12/4 FBI-SC FBI negotiates for interview with Dymally PDF Text
742 2 12/4 FBIHQ Three survivors returning to US PDF Text
743 4 12/4 FBIHQ FBI seeks corroboration of testimony on hit list PDF Text
744 2 12/4 FBIHQ Two possible shooters not yet among identified dead PDF Text
745 2 12/5 AmEmb Georgetown List of survivors returning to US PDF Text
746 7 12/5 AmEmb Georgetown US must take care of survivors until repatriation PDF Text
747 5 12/5 FBI-SJ Interview with survivors from Albatross, PT boat PDF Text
748 9 12/5 FBI-WFO Interview with Joe Holsinger PDF Text
749 2 12/5 FBI-BQMRA Summary of interview with JT survivors; subpoenas sought PDF Text
750 3 12/5 FBI-IP Interview with former members PDF Text
751 1 12/5 State Returning survivors asked about compromising relations with USG officials PDF Text
752 2 12/5 AmEmb Bridgetown Plane boarding welfare of unnamed survivor PDF Text
753 2 12/5 AmEmb Bridgetown Charles Touchette asks for whereabouts of son PDF Text
754 3 12/5 FBI-AX Interview with Lester Kinsolving PDF Text
755 1 12/5 FBIHQ FBI locates Temple bank accounts, source of cyanide PDF Text
756 1 12/5 FBI-LA Ronald Reagan notified of existence on hit list PDF Text
757 2 12/5 FBI-SC PT member claims to have bombed train PDF Text
758 2 12/5 SECSTATE Sky marshals assigned to accompany Temple members PDF Text
759 4 12/5 FBI-Oklahoma City Soldier in clean-up reports evidence of drug smuggling PDF Text
760 1 12/4 FBI-SF LA Times reports hit list PDF Text
761 2 12/4 FBI-SF PT dissolution filed; Buford testimony; hit list PDF Text
762 3 12/5 FBI-SJ Interview with survivor of Port Kaituma shootings PDF Text
763 4 12/4 FBI-SF Interview with former Planning Comm member PDF Text
764 1 12/6 FBI-LA FBI unable to locate mother of David Wise PDF Text
765 3 12/6 FBI-LA Interview with Nell Smart PDF Text
766 2 12/6 FBI-LA Hue Fortson loads truck outside LA PT PDF Text
767 3 12/6 FBI-LA Interview with friend of JT survivor Monica Bagby PDF Text
768 2 12/5 FBI-SF Buford testimony; subpoenas for survivors PDF Text
769 9 12/5 Amemb Georgetown US Embassy comments on NYT interview with Jackie Speier PDF Text
770 1 12/5 FBI-BQMRA Negotiations for Buford interview PDF Text
771 2 12/5 FBI-SC Jones 1973 arrest not sealed PDF Text
772 1 12/5 FBI-BQMRA Survivors due to arrive in NYC PDF Text
773 3 12/5 Amemb Georgetown Contents of JT guest book PDF Text
774 9 12/5 FBI-MM Interview with survivors PDF Text
775 27 12/6 FBIHQ Letter to FBI about “Jones cult,” with news clips PDF Text
776 3 11/22 FBIHQ DOJ memo on crimes committed in Guyana PDF Text
777 23 none FBIHQ Letter to FBI about uninvestigated allegations PDF Text
778 9 11/25 FBI-BT Interview with sympathetic relative PDF Text
779 2 11/27 FBIHQ Concerned citizen letter to FBI about JJ PDF Text
780 2 11/29 FBI-SF Freitas letter to FBI requesting access to interviews PDF Text
781 3 11/30 SECSTATE Dispositions remains of Touchette family PDF Text
782 3 11/21 FBI-TP HAM operator reports contacts with JT PDF Text
783 2 none FBIHQ Autopsy protocols discussed PDF Text
784 5 12/1 FBI-ME FBI follows up on Memphis contact with Mark Lane break-in PDF Text
785 2 12/1 FBI-BA Medical condition of Jackie Speier PDF Text
786 16 12/1 FBI-DL Extended interview by former leader PDF Text
787 3 12/1 FBI-BA Description of items recovered from bodies in Dover PDF Text
788 3 12/1 Amemb Georgetown Custody of Albatross PDF Text
789 2 12/1 FBI-Phoenix Contact with Sen. Goldwater’s office yields no info PDF Text
790 2 12/1 FBI-CG HAM operator reports contacts with JT PDF Text
791 1 12/1 FBIHQ FBI asks State for correspondence regarding PT PDF Text
792 2 12/1 FBIHQ FBI to examine tape recordings from JT PDF Text
793 34 12/1 FBIHQ JT community letter to Van de Kamp protesting persecution PDF Text
794 8 none FBIHQ Letter to FBI from former Temple member PDF Text
795 1 12/1 FBIHQ Transmittal page 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 May 2nd, 2019.

Last modified on November 18th, 2020.
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