RYMUR Section 10 – Serials 796-855

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 10, including serials 796-855. Most are dated from the first week 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 850 would be cited as “RYMUR 89-4286-850.”

Serial
# of Pages
Date
Office of Origin
Description
PDF
Text
796 12 12/1 FBI-SJ Interview with survivors from PT boat PDF Text
797 2 12/1 FBIHQ FBI investigate Esther Mueller’s connection to JT bank accounts PDF Text
798 1 12/1 FBIHQ [RYMUR administrative memo on photo transfer] PDF Text
799 1 12/2 FBI-ME FBI subpoenas Lane’s phone records PDF Text
800 1 12/1 FBI-SF FBI subpoena seeks location of Buford PDF Text
801 2 12/1 FBI-LA Source says Lane removed chests of material from JT PDF Text
802 2 12/1 FBI-SF Ryan aide provides info to FBI investigation PDF Text
803 1 12/1 FBI-SF FBI seeks interview with HAM radio operator PDF Text
804 2 12/2 FBI-LA HAM operator reports contacts with JT PDF Text
805 3 12/1 FBI-KC HAM operator reports contacts with JT PDF Text
806 3 12/1 FBI-DL HAM operator reports contacts with JT PDF Text
807 2 12/1 FBI-SF HAM operator reports contacts with JT PDF Text
808 2 12/3 FBI-SC Targets of “hit list” notified PDF Text
809 2 12/2 FBI-SF Human Freedom Center warns of dangerous survivors PDF Text
810 4 12/3 FBI-BQMRA Survivors interviewed upon arrival in US PDF Text
811 4 12/2 SECSTATE Survivors en route home, defectors threaten lawsuits PDF Text
812 3 12/3 AmEmb Georgetown Pan Am captain refuses to let 18 survivors on board PDF Text
813 2 12/3 FBI-BA Vern Gosney transported to California hospital PDF Text
814 5 12/3 AmEmb Georgetown Guyanese police announce release of more survivors PDF Text
815 5 12/2 SECSTATE Survivors en route home, defectors threaten lawsuits [dupe of 811] PDF Text
816 3 12/2 AmEmb Georgetown More survivors released by Guyana police PDF Text
817 4 12/2 AmEmb Georgetown More survivors freed for travel PDF Text
818 2 12/3 SECSTATE Survivors leaving, press calls dropping PDF Text
819 40 12/2 SECSTATE State press briefing transcript, 1 Dec 78 PDF Text
820 52 12/2 SECSTATE State press briefing transcript, 1 Dec 78 [duplicate of 819] PDF Text
821 1 12/4 FBI-Springfield Vern Gosney transported to California hospital PDF Text
822 1 12/4 FBI-Springfield Vern Gosney transported to California hospital PDF Text
823 6 12/4 FBI-BQMRA Short interviews of survivors upon arrival in US PDF Text
824 3 12/3 SECSTATE Possible criminal investigation of PT PDF Text
825 12 12/2 SECSTATE Status of survivors PDF Text
826 14 12/3 SECSTATE Guyanese death certificates PDF Text
827 2 12/1 AmEmb Georgetown Preliminary hearing in murder of Amos PDF Text
828 2 12/3 FBI-BQMRA Survivor questioned about phone number in possession PDF Text
829 1 12/2 SECSTATE Seeking location of Albatross PDF Text
830 1 12/1 AmEmb Georgetown No PT members granted Guyana citizenship PDF Text
831 2 1/29 AmEmb Bridgetown Status of Trinidad contingent PDF Text
832 4 12/1 FBIHQ HAM operator turns over radio tape to investigators PDF Text
833 2 12/4 AmEmb Georgetown Reservations for survivors to return to US PDF Text
834 3 12/4 FBI-AX Reporter of medical newspaper discusses story about PT PDF Text
835 5 12/4 SECSTATE Possible criminal investigation of PT [dupe of 824] PDF Text
836 1 12/4 FBI-LA FBI uncovers false lead for relative of JT dead PDF Text
837 2 12/5 FBI-BQMRA Survivors traveling from NYC to SF PDF Text
838 3 12/4 FBI-BA Vern Gosney transported to California hospital PDF Text
839 7 12/4 AmEmb Georgetown Status of survivors PDF Text
840 2 12/4 FBI-SJ Correction to Section 796 PDF Text
841 2 12/4 AmEmb Georgetown Cautionary note on confirming deaths or survivors PDF Text
842 1 12/3 FBI-SF Info on Freed interview of PT members PDF Text
843 1 12/4 AmEmb Georgetown No survivors under name submitted to State PDF Text
844 13 12/4 SECSTATE State seeks assistance in responding to NYT interview with Speier PDF Text
845 3 12/4 USSS Assessment of assassination threats PDF Text
846 2 12/4 FBI-BQMRA List of arriving survivors PDF Text
847 4 12/4 FBI-Tokyo HAM radio operator reports man being shot at by CIA in SA country PDF Text
848 5 12/4 FBI-SJ FBI doubts truthfulness of PT survivor from boat PDF Text
849 2 12/4 FBI-SF Permissions for autopsies sought, received PDF Text
850 6 12/4 FBI-Newark FBI interviews reporter who did JT stories PDF Text
851 2 12/4 FBI-SF Lane and Buford arrange for interview PDF Text
852 2 12/4 SECSTATE Survivors trickling back, 580 bodies ID PDF Text
853 4 12/4 FBI-WFO FBI seeks FCC tapes, ownership papers on PT boats PDF Text
854 2 12/5 AmEmb Georgetown Embassy retention of local counsel PDF Text
855 4 12/5 FBIHQ Permissions for autopsy of Jim Jones sought 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 3rd, 2019.

Last modified on November 18th, 2020.
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