RYMUR Section 12 – Serials 916-970

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 12, including serials 916-970. With very few exceptions, all are dated either December 7 or December 8, 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 950 would be cited as “RYMUR 89-4286-950.”

Serial
# of Pages
Date
Office of Origin
Description
PDF
Text
916 2 12/7 FBIHQ ATF investigation PDF Text
Unnumbered serial after 916 1 12/4 State Termination of Guyana Working Group PDF Text
Unnumbered serial after 916 2 12/8 FBI-Tampa Transmittal sheets for audiotapes PDF Text
917 2 12/7 FBI-LA PT radios turned over to MacDill AFB PDF Text
918 2 12/7 FBIHQ Re-interview of Nell Smart PDF Text
919 3 12/5 FBIHQ Identification of bodies, with body numbers PDF Text
920 2 12/7 FBIHQ Identification of bodies, with body numbers PDF Text
921 1 12/7 FBIHQ FBI warns to take death threats seriously PDF Text
922 2 12/5 FBIHQ [Referral; duplicate of 745] PDF Text
923 4 12/7 FBIHQ Unrelated case investigated; JJ personal papers to be sold PDF Text
924 5 12/6 FBIHQ FBI interview of Lane and Buford PDF Text
925 7 12/7 FBIHQ Interview by former member Faith Kice PDF Text
926 5 12/7 FBIHQ Summaries of interviews with Phil Kerns, others PDF Text
927 1 12/7 FBIHQ [continuation of serial 925] PDF Text
928 2 12/7 FBIHQ FBI identification on Jim Jones arrest record released PDF Text
929 1 12/7 FBIHQ Papers, death tape to be transported to WDC PDF Text
930 2 12/7 FBIHQ Autopsy protocol PDF Text
931 2 12/7 FBI-BQMRA Survivors return to US PDF Text
932 2 12/7 FBI-SF HAM operator reports contacts with JT PDF Text
933 2 12/7 FBI-SF Summary: Survivors return; HAM communications; bank accounts PDF Text
934 22 12/7 FBI-BQMRA Interview with basketball team members PDF Text
935 2 12/7 FBI-LA FBI follows false lead on connection to PT PDF Text
936 2 12/7 USSS Assessment of assassination threat PDF Text
937 4 12/7 FBI-CG HAM operator reports contacts with JT PDF Text
938 2 12/7 FBI-NY FBI traces ship suspected of PT connection PDF Text
939 2 12/8 FBI-LV Ann Moore, Carolyn Layton autopsies PDF Text
940 1 12/4 FBI-SD FBI follows leads of PT members PDF Text
941 1 12/7 FBI-SD 17 Temple members depart Guyana PDF Text
942 2 12/7 FBI-SD Lane, Buford report location of PT bank accounts PDF Text
943 3 12/8 FBI-SD Survivor arrives in US PDF Text
944 1 12/8 FBI-SD FBI follows up break-ins at Lane’s PDF Text
945 1 12/8 FBI-SD PT bank account info PDF Text
946 4 12/7 FBI-SD Ryan briefcase; anonymous calls to Ryan family; FCC tapes PDF Text
947 2 12/8 FBI-SD Ann Moore, Carolyn Layton autopsy protocol PDF Text
948 2 12/8 FBI-SD HAM operator reports contacts with JT PDF Text
949 2 12/8 FBI-SD FBI follows lead given by Jim Jones Jr. PDF Text
950 1 12/8 FBI-SD State Dept examines Temple allegations against Embassy PDF Text
951 1 12/8 FBI-BQMRA Richard Clark claims Jim Jr. & Tim Jones harassed dissenters PDF Text
952 2 12/8 FBI-SF FBI investigates connection between PT and Freitas PDF Text
953 1 12/8 FBI-SF US seeks dismissal of charges against dead PK shooters PDF Text
954 2 12/8 FBI-DL PT members requests no further contact from FBI PDF Text
955 1 12/8 FBI-SF Transmittal letter for photos PDF Text
956 5 12/8 FBIHQ US investigates questions of assets and individual PT members PDF Text
957 5 12/8 FBIHQ Autopsy protocol PDF Text
958 2 12/8 FBIHQ Processing of JT documents PDF Text
959 2 12/8 FBIHQ FBI to contact provider of cyanide in New York PDF Text
960 3 12/8 FBIHQ FBI to contact provider of cyanide in New York PDF Text
961 2 12/8 FBIHQ Body recovery team may be removing JT papers PDF Text
962 2 12/8 FBIHQ Identification of bodies PDF Text
963 9 12/7 FBI-DL [dupe of 925] PDF Text
964 2 12/8 FBIHQ Jim Jones autopsy protocol PDF Text
965 3 12/8 FBIHQ [dupe of 945] PDF Text
966 1 12/8 FBIHQ [RYMUR administrative memo] PDF Text
967 2 12/8 FBI-CG Church linked to PT denies connection PDF Text
968 2 12/9 State State acknowledges discovery of tape of last hour PDF Text
969 2 12/9 FBI-BT FBI follows up lead on PT contact PDF Text
970 2 12/9 FBI-Seattle Attorney for Richard Cordell seeks immunity 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 August 9th, 2019.

Last modified on November 18th, 2020.
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