RYMUR Section 11 – Serials 856-915

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 11, including serials 856-915. While a few errant serials have dates from the first ten days after the tragedy, 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 900 would be cited as “RYMUR 89-4286-900.”

Serial
# of Pages
Date
Office of Origin
Description
PDF
Text
856 3 12/5 FBIHQ List of survivors still in Guyana PDF Text
857 3 12/5 FBIHQ Fugitives may attempt to return to US as JT survivors PDF Text
858 11 12/5 FBIHQ Background information on Larry Schacht PDF Text
859 2 12/5 AmEmb Georgetown [dupe of 745] PDF Text
860 3 12/5 FBIHQ FBI seeks JT radio tape from HAM operator PDF Text
861 4 12/5 FBIHQ Autopsy protocols PDF Text
862 6 12/5 FBIHQ FOIA request filed by Jim Jones to State Dept PDF Text
863 24 12/5 FBIHQ Death list from Dover AFB, with body numbers PDF Text
after 863 1 11/30 AmEmb Georgetown [dupe of 631] PDF Text
864 2 11/26 FBIHQ Private letter warns about another cult in Georgia PDF Text
865 2 11/27 FBIHQ Private letter warns about another cult in Georgia PDF Text
866 1 12/6 FBIHQ FBI acknowledges receipt of two letters PDF Text
867 3 12/6 FBIHQ Autopsy protocols PDF Text
868 1 12/5 FBIHQ Disposition of radio receivers from JT through MacDill AFB PDF Text
869 3 12/6 FBIHQ Disposition of radio receivers from JT through MacDill AFB PDF Text
870 5 12/6 FBIHQ Autopsy protocols PDF Text
871 2 12/6 FBIHQ ATF identifies 32 weapons in Jonestown PDF Text
872 3 12/6 FBIHQ FBI to contact provider of cyanide in New York PDF Text
873 2 11/29 FBI-SF Dover receives dental X-rays for some of Jonestown dead PDF Text
874 1 12/7 FBIHQ Dover receives dental X-rays for some of Jonestown dead PDF Text
875 5 11/21 FBI-DL Source alleges numerous PT crimes PDF Text
876 1 11/30 FBI-SJ Bullet fragments removed from Anthony Katsaris’ arm PDF Text
877 3 11/21 FBI-LA Background information on Jim Jones, including 1973 arrest PDF Text
878 3 11/20 FBIHQ FBI assigns priority to RYMUR investigation PDF Text
879 8 11/20 FBI-SJ List of wounded from PK airstrip; narrative of shootings PDF Text
880 3 11/20 FBI-MM FBI agents to carry weapons to Guyana [dupe of 113] PDF Text
881 4 12/12 FBIHQ FBI sets up newspaper files, lists contents of pdfs 165-174 PDF Text
882 187 12/12 FBIHQ Search slips and notes PDF Text
883 2 11/21 FBIHQ FBI lists leads to be pursued PDF Text
884 6 11/22 FBI-Denver Interview witness revises statement re: Tim Stoen PDF Text
885 2 11/20 Legat Caracas [RYMUR administrative memo] PDF Text
886 33 11/22 FBI-LA Sept. 78 letter to Van de Kamp protesting persecution of JT PDF Text
887 1 11/25 FBI-LA HAM operator reports contacts with JT PDF Text
888 2 11/29 FBI-SJ Film and bag recovered from PK airstrip PDF Text
889 1 11/30 FBIHQ FBI seeks release of JT tapes from Guyana Govt PDF Text
890 2 12/1 FBI-Houston Autopsy of Schacht PDF Text
891 4 12/1 FBIHQ Autopsies; FBI in Guyana; survivors return; suspects dead PDF Text
892 3 12/1 FBIHQ FBI tries to find money trail PDF Text
893 4 12/3 FBIHQ FBI in Guyana; evidence in Dover; PT boat; survivors PDF Text
894 4 12/1 FBI-LA [dupe of 801] PDF Text
895 6 12/4 FBI-NO Jann Gurvich phone records PDF Text
896 1 12/4 FBI-Pittsburgh Transmittal sheets for HAM radio operator interview PDF Text
897 2 12/4 FBIHQ Fingerprint info on two PK shooters PDF Text
898 2 12/5 FBIHQ Concern expressed about security of FBI agents in GT PDF Text
899 2 12/4 FBIHQ Members of basketball team to be interviewed PDF Text
900 2 12/4 FBIHQ Information received on hit list PDF Text
901 3 12/4 FBI-SF Photos of Temple members PDF Text
902 2 12/4 AFIP Transmittal of dental records of non-Temple members PDF Text
903 4 12/3 FBI-SC [dupe of 808] PDF Text
904 2 12/5 FBI-SC DMV records of two JT dead provided PDF Text
905 2 12/4 FBI-SF Petition for dissolution of PT filed PDF Text
906 3 12/5 FBIHQ “Death tape” located; Buford interview; return of survivors PDF Text
907 5 12/6 SECSTATE Guyanese death certificates PDF Text
908 2 12/6 FBI-Houston Autopsy of Schacht PDF Text
909 1 12/6 FBIHQ HAM operator reports contacts with JT PDF Text
910 1 12/6 FBI-Knoxville Transmittal sheet for four audiotapes PDF Text
911 3 12/6 White House Hardat Sukhdeo expresses concern about survivors PDF Text
912 2 12/6 FBI-Louisville Mother reports that daughter may have been in JT PDF Text
913 2 12/6 FBI-Houston Autopsy of Schacht; notes of other interviews PDF Text
914 6 12/6 FBI-MM Photos, fingerprints of JT survivors PDF Text
915 5 12/6 FBIHQ US to sue for recovery of bodylift 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 December 1st, 2020.
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