RYMUR Section 19 – Serials 1401-1460

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 19, including serials 1401-1460. Most are dated mid- to late-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 1409 would be cited as “RYMUR 89-4286-1409.”

Serial
# of Pages
Date
Office of Origin
Description
PDF
Text
1401 3 12/21 Legat Bern [dupe of 1400] PDF Text
1402 2 12/21 State [Dupe of 1403] PDF Text
1403 6 12/21 State JT survivor criticizes US in Washington Post article [dupe of 1345] PDF Text
1404 3 12/21 AmEmb-Bern Peoples Temple funds in Switzerland PDF Text
1405 4 12/22 FBI-SF Congressional committee discusses scope of probe PDF Text
1406 2 12/22 AmEmb-Georgetown [Dupe of 1407] PDF Text
1407 3 12/22 AmEmb-Georgetown Guyana inquest finds that JJ murdered 910 people PDF Text
1408 2 12/22 AmEmb-Georgetown Info on preliminary hearing on Larry Layton, other defendants PDF Text
1409 3 12/22 FBI-WFO FBI contacts Robert Mendelsohn PDF Text
1410 3 12/23 AmEmb-Georgetown Prokes, Carter brother free to return to US PDF Text
1411 6 Unknown Unknown [5 pages withheld in entirety] PDF Text
1412 2 12/23 AmEmb-Georgetown [Dupe of 1410] PDF Text
1413 2 12/23 FBI-BQMRA Survivors describe Carter brothers, Prokes as members of hit squad PDF Text
1414 2 12/23 AmEmb-Georgetown [Dupe of 1412] PDF Text
1415 3 12/23 FBI-BQMRA [Dupe of 1413] PDF Text
1416 3 12/26 Legat Mexico [Serial released, most withheld] PDF Text
1417 2 12/22 AmEmb-Georgetown [Dupe of 1407] PDF Text
1418 2 12/23 AmEmb-Georgetown [Dupe of 1410] PDF Text
1419 2 12/28 AmEmb-Georgetown List of several survivors returning to US PDF Text
1420 2 12/26 AmEmb-Georgetown [Dupe of 1423] PDF Text
1421 2 12/26 AmEmb-Georgetown Further info on preliminary hearing on Layton Layton PDF Text
1422 2 12/26 AmEmb-Georgetown [Dupe of 1421] PDF Text
1423 6 12/26 AmEmb-Georgetown Plans for survivors remaining in Jonestown PDF Text
1424 2 12/22 AmEmb-Georgetown [Dupe of 1408] PDF Text
1425 1 12/26 AmEmb-Georgetown [RYMUR administrative memo] PDF Text
1426 5 12/26 FBI-Albany “Erratic” woman claims son in Guyana PDF Text
1427 2 12/26 State [Dupe of 1434] PDF Text
1428 2 12/26 Legat Mexico FBIHQ PDF Text
1429 6 12/26 FBI-Pittsburgh Witness claims Lane proof of Stoen connection to intelligence agencies PDF Text
1430 3 12/26 FBI-SF Prokes contact info, returns to Calif., agrees to interview PDF Text
1431 3 12/23 AmEmb-Georgetown Release of more survivors to US PDF Text
1432 2 12/27 FBI-Louisville HAM radio operator reports contacts with JT PDF Text
1433 3 12/22 AmEmb-Georgetown Guyana inquest finds that JJ murdered 910 people [text dupe of 1407] PDF Text
1434 3 12/26 State State Dept queries top Embassy about returning survivors PDF Text
1435 2 12/27 FBI-SF Teri Buford claims Barry Goldwater on hit list PDF Text
1436 5 12/27 FBI-San Antonio Texas jail inmate claims (false) info about PT PDF Text
1437 3 12/27 AmEmb-Georgetown Embassy answers questions from Serial 1434 PDF Text
1438 3 12/22 AmEmb-Georgetown Guyana inquest finds that JJ murdered 910 people [text dupe of 1407] PDF Text
1439 4 12/27 FBI-SF [dupe of 1435] PDF Text
1440 2 12/23 AmEmb-Georgetown [Referral; dupe of 1431] PDF Text
1441 3 12/27 AmEmb-Georgetown Guyana police report on arrest of Prokes, Carters PDF Text
1442 2 12/23 AmEmb-Georgetown [Referral; dupe of 1445 [1410]] PDF Text
1443 2 12/27 AmEmb-Georgetown [Referral; dupe of 1438] PDF Text
1444 2 12/23 State [Referral; dupe of 1469] PDF Text
1445 3 12/27 AmEmb-Georgetown Prokes, Carter brother free to return to US [dupe of 1410] PDF Text
1446 2 12/27 AmEmb-Georgetown [Referral; dupe of 1437] PDF Text
1447 2 12/23 AmEmb-Georgetown [Referral; dupe of 1441] PDF Text
1448 2 12/27 AmEmb-Port of Spain Charlie Touchette in Trinidad PDF Text
1449 2 12/27 AmEmb-Port of Spain [Referral; dupe of 1448] PDF Text
1450 1 12/27 FBI-BQMRA Interview with relative of Temple deceased PDF Text
1451 1 12/27 FBI-Phoenix Barry Goldwater informed of threat PDF Text
1452 3 12/27 FBI-BQMRA [dupe of 1456] PDF Text
1453 4 12/26 FBI-SF [dupe of 1430] PDF Text
1454 2 12/27 FBI-SF FBI still seeks interviews with Javers, Sung, Dwyer, Krause PDF Text
1455 2 12/27 FBIHQ Guyana releases documents and tapes, shipped to NYC PDF Text
1456 2 12/27 FBI-BQMRA Several survivors scheduled return to US PDF Text
1457 13 12/27 FBI-Richmond HAM radio operator reports contacts with JT PDF Text
1458 3 12/28 AmEmb Georgetown Preliminary inquiry on Larry Layton PDF Text
1459 2 12/28 AmEmb Georgetown [Referral; dupe of 1458] PDF Text
1460 2 12/28 State Status of US air marshals in Guyana 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 24th, 2020.

Last modified on December 1st, 2020.
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