RYMUR Section 27 – Serials 1731-1830

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 27, including serials 1731-1830. Most are dated from January 1979.

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 1765 would be cited as “RYMUR 89-4286-1765.”

Serial # of pages Date Office of Origin Description PDF Text
Admin 31 RYMUR administrative memoranda PDF Text
1731 2 1/23 FBIHQ FBI reports on basketball tournament, P. Adams passport [retransmittal of 1729] PDF Text
1732 4 1/23 FBI-BQMRA HAM radio operator reports JT contact, PDF Text
1733 1 1/23 FBI-SF Temple critic was pressured into signing over property to Temple PDF Text
1734 11 1/24 FBIHQ FBI sends inventory of evidence to SF PDF Text
1735 2 1/24 FBI-WFO AFIP seeks medical records on Jim Jones; INS has list of JT survivors in Guyana PDF Text
1737 2 1/26 FBI-SF Ryan correspondence with PT members sought PDF Text
(after) 1737 1 1/26 FBIHQ Transmittal of cassette tapes PDF Text
1738 2 1/26 FBI-SF Info sought on Mike Cartmell appearance on Today show PDF Text
1739 3 1/26 FBI-SF Dental records of Ronnie Dennis to be provided PDF Text
1740 1 1/26 FBI-BA Identification work at Dover AFB ends PDF Text
1741 14 1/11 FBI-SF US interest in PT document on exchange of worldly goods for lifetime care PDF Text
1742 1 1/25 DOJ US claims Temple document shows liability in effort to recoup bodylift costs PDF Text
1743 4 1/25 FBI-BQMRA Review, description of NBC film PDF Text
1745 2 1/18 AmEmb-Georgetown [text dupe of 1746] PDF Text
1746 2 1/22 FBIHQ Discussion of whether PT survivors can do interviews PDF Text
1748 4 1/19 FBIHQ US assists GOG in technical issues, firearms, bullet evidence PDF Text
1749 2 1/15 AmEmb-Georgetown Monique Bacon not identified, presumed dead PDF Text
1750 2 1/19 FBIHQ [retransmittal of 1749] PDF Text
1751 2 1/12 FBI-MM HAM operator provides tape of Jim Jones in JT PDF Text
(after) 1751 1 1/25 FBI-NY Transmittal page for photograph PDF Text
1752 1 1/5 FBI-BQMRA Typewriter sample [not included] sent for analysis PDF Text
1753 3 1/31 FBIHQ FBI analyzes death tape PDF Text
1754 3 1/31 FBI-IP Family of Marceline Jones holds memorial service PDF Text
1755 2 1/31 FBI-LA Grace Stoen and Joe Holsinger appear on Tomorrow Show PDF Text
1756 1 1/30 FBIHQ PT bank account in Switzerland PDF Text
1757 2 1/29 AmEmb-Georgetown Guyana official to speak in SF PDF Text
1758 2 1/30 FBIHQ Travel plans of Guyana official who will speak in SF PDF Text
1760 1 1/30 FBI-Bonn Query on German nationals in JT PDF Text
1762 1 1/24 [Referral withheld] [Referral to Army; dupe of 1734] PDF Text
1763 4 1/29 FBI-WFO Ronnie Dennis tentatively identified; Speier and Holsinger to run for Ryan seat; Dwyer gives briefcase to Ryan’s office; House committee begins probe PDF Text
1764 3 1/29 FBIHQ Temple assets PDF Text
1765 1 1/26 FBI-SF Monique Bacon not identified, birth certificate sought PDF Text
1766 4 1/26 FBIHQ Tapes transported to US; GOG lifts restrictions on US criminal investigation PDF Text
1767 1 1/26 AmEmb-Georgetown Tapes being shipped to FBI from GT PDF Text
1768 2 unk [Pages withheld in entirety, b1 and b3 exemption] PDF Text
1769 2 1/26 SecState Rex McKay recommends murder charges against Stephan Jones be dropped PDF Text
1770 2 1/25 FBI-LA FBI checks on Cartmell TV appearance PDF Text
1771 3 1/25 AmEmb-Georgetown GOG approves loan of evidence to FBI PDF Text
1772 1 1/25 AmEmb-Georgetown GOG notifies which PT members it will want to return for testimony PDF Text
1773 2 1/25 FBI-SF FBI considers whether to administer polygraph test PDF Text
1774 2 1/25 AmEmb-Georgetown SCLC to discuss JT in annual meeting PDF Text
1775 4 1/25 FBI-SF Description of Germans being sought PDF Text
1776 2 1/23 AmEmb-Bern Protocol on Swiss inquiry PDF Text
1777 1 1/23 AmEmb-Georgetown Preliminary inquiry into Amos murder PDF Text
1778 13 1/24 FBI-Albany Interview with parents of Pauline Groot; newspaper articles PDF Text
1779 28 1/23 FBI-BQMRA Photographs of returning survivors PDF Text
1780 5 1/23 FBI-SF US lawsuit vs. PT to recover costs of bodylift PDF Text
1781 2 1/23 FBIHQ Transmittal for two documents PDF Text
1782 4 1/23 FBI-BQMRA Dwyer reports GDF troops arrival at Kaituma PDF Text
1798 1 1/15 FBI-Butte Description of Robert Stroud PDF Text
1801 3 12/20 FBIHQ McCoy has tapes of ham radio broadcasts PDF Text
1801x 1 12/20 FBI-NY Transfer of videotape to SF PDF Text
1801×1 7 12/21 FBIHQ US to probe PT contacts with USSR, includes Temple attachment PDF Text
1803x 8 12/28 FBIHQ FBI lab receives physical evidence, including film, bullet fragments PDF Text
(after) 1804x 2 1/13 FBI-New Rochelle Missing person not connected to PT PDF Text
1805 2 1/23 AmEmb-Bridgetown Protection of US assets vis-à-vis PT  in Grenada PDF Text
1806 1 1/26 AmEmb-Georgetown Basketball team played local teams in GT, says police PDF Text
1807 5 1/29 FBIHQ FBI Lab denies it has transcripts of coded messages of last hours PDF Text
1808 10 1/30 DOJ Spanish newspaper report on Temple assets, other Temple news PDF Text
1809 2 1/30 FBIHQ FBI Lab says submitted prints do not match any JT victims PDF Text
1810 2 1/30 FBI-BQMRA Crates of evidence to arrive in US PDF Text
1811 2 2/1 FBIHQ [retransmittal of 1831] PDF Text
1812 3 1/31 FBI-Detroit Brother of Martha Hicks shot to death in Detroit PDF Text
1813 1 2/2 FBI-SF Buford and Lane to return to Memphis PDF Text
1814 2 2/5 FBIHQ Summary of events at Guyana inquest PDF Text
1818 2 1/26 FBIHQ Crates of tapes to arrive in US [retransmittal of 1810] PDF Text
1819 4 1/22 FBIHQ Analysis of shooters shown on NBC tape PDF Text
1820 5 1/5 DOJ House committee asks for probe of drugs found in JT; news articles attached PDF Text
1821 1 1/24 FBIHQ FBI to investigate source and use of drugs in JT PDF Text
1822 1 1/24 AmEmb-Nassau Protection of US assets vis-à-vis PT in Nassau PDF Text
1823 1 1/25 AmEmb-Georgetown Correction to earlier cable re: Beikman and Stephan Jones PDF Text
1824 3 1/27 SecState Protection of US assets vis-à-vis PT in Trinidad and Tobago PDF Text
1826 3 1/29 FBI-Norfolk FBI to analyze tape of JT radio broadcast; interview with HAM operator PDF Text
1827 3 1/27 FBI-SF Materials sent to assist in identification of Ronnie Dennis PDF Text
1828 2 1/29 FBIHQ Materials sent to assist in identification of Ronnie Dennis [text dupe of 1827] PDF Text
1829 5 1/30 FBI-BQMRA Interview of HAM operator; evidence shipped to SF; two Temple passports taken PDF Text
1830 2 2/3 FBI-SC Relatives provide information on Monique Bacon PDF Text
(after) 1830 1 12/22 FBIHQ Transmittal cover sheet 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 November 2nd, 2020.

Last modified on November 27th, 2020.
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