RYMUR Section 17 – Serials 1316-1360

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 17, including serials 1316-1360. Most are dated mid-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 1350 would be cited as “RYMUR 89-4286-1350.”

Serial
# of Pages
Date
Office of Origin
Description
PDF
Text
1316 2 12/20 FBI-DE HAM radio operator reports contacts with Jonestown PDF Text
1317 2 12/19 FBI-SF FBI to notify potential target on hit list PDF Text
1318 1 12/20 FBI-WFO [RYMUR administrative memo] PDF Text
1319 1 12/20 FBI-SF [RYMUR administrative memo] PDF Text
1320 3 12/21 Amb Georgetown Discussion of Temple assets in Guyana PDF Text
1321 3 12/20 SECSTATE Sky marshals to fly with survivors PDF Text
1322 2 12/20 Amb Panama US needs assistance in working with Panama banks PDF Text
1323 2 12/20 Amb Panama Discussion of Temple assets in Panama bank PDF Text
1324 3 12/19 FBI-DE Group in Grand Rapids, MI unrelated to Peoples Temple PDF Text
1325 3 12/20 Legat Mexico Mexican contact to get info on Schacht in medical school PDF Text
1326 2 12/20 Amb Panama [Dupe of 1322] PDF Text
1327 2 12/20 Amb Panama [Referral; dupe of 1323] PDF Text
1328 2 12/20 Amb Georgetown [RYMUR administrative memo] + Guyana court proceedings on Jones and Beikman PDF Text
1329 2 12/20 Amb Georgetown [Dupes of 1328, 1381, 1387] PDF Text
1330 2 12/18 Amb Georgetown [Referral; dupe of 1515] PDF Text
1331 2 12/13 FBI-LA Rumor of JJ linked to scam involving sugar sales PDF Text
1332 2 12/20 SECSTATE [Dupe of 1522] PDF Text
1333 2 12/20 SECSTATE [Dupe of 1342] PDF Text
1334 2 12/18 Amb Georgetown [Referral; dupe of 1274] PDF Text
1335 2 12/19 FBI-SJ HAM radio operator to provide tapes PDF Text
1336 3 12/20 FBI-SC PT files for dissolution PDF Text
1337 5 12/20 FBI-SC [dupe of 1336] PDF Text
1338 2 12/20 FBI-DE Efforts to contact two potential witnesses unsuccessful PDF Text
1339 4 12/20 FBI-DE [dupe of 1338] PDF Text
1340 1 12/18 FBI-HQ [RYMUR administrative memo] PDF Text
1341 4 12/20 AmEmb Bern Temple funds in Switzerland PDF Text
1342 3 12/20 AmEmb Georgetown Protection of US assets in Guyana [dupe of 1320] PDF Text
1343 2 12/20 State [Dupe of 1341 and 1342] PDF Text
1344 2 12/20 FBI-Springfield FBI investigates alleged link between Arizona church and PT PDF Text
1345 6 12/21 SECSTATE Text of Washington Post article about JT survivor criticizing US PDF Text
1346 3 12/21 FBI-Phila FBI investigates alleged link between journalist and PT PDF Text
1347 3 12/21 FBI-SC Interview with Jeanette Kerns PDF Text
1348 8 12/20 FBI-SF Grand jury receives info on Panama bank accounts PDF Text
1349 2 12/21 FBI-Cincinnati Interviews with former member, relatives of Temple member PDF Text
1350 3 12/22 AmEmb Georgetown Preliminary inquest of Larry Layton PDF Text
1351 3 12/10 FBI-SF Grand jury info PDF Text
1352 2 12/21 Legat Mexico Temple bank accounts PDF Text
1353 11 12/22 FBI-BQMRA Interviews provided by JT survivors, PK witnesses, PT members PDF Text
1354 2 12/22 FBI-NO Former member considers lawsuit against Lane PDF Text
1355 7 12/12 FBI-BU Newspaper articles PDF Text
1356 33 12/13 FBI-LA PT members in letter-writing campaign against Medlocks PDF Text
1357 2 12/16 SECSTATE [Referral; dupe of 1297] PDF Text
1358 2 12/19 FBI-New Haven HAM radio operator reports contacts with JT PDF Text
1359 1 12/20 AmEmb Georgetown Members of basketball team listed PDF Text
1360 3 12/20 AmEmb Georgetown [dupe of 1359] 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 July 15th, 2020.

Last modified on December 1st, 2020.
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