RYMUR Section 35 – Serials 2321-2380

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 35, including serials 2321-2380. Almost all are dated in the fall of 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 2334 would be cited as “RYMUR 89-4286-2334.”

Serial # of pages Date Office of Origin Description PDF Text
9 Section 35 administrative memoranda PDF Text
2321 4 10/25 FBIHQ US offers assist to prosecute Layton (dupe of 2322) PDF Text
2322 2 10/25 FBI-SF US offers assist to prosecute Layton PDF Text
2323 2 10/26 SecState Witnesses arrive for Layton trial PDF Text
2324 2 10/26 FBIHQ [dupe of 2323] PDF Text
2325 2 10/29 FBI-SF Witnesses against Layton in Guyana trial PDF Text
2326 2 2/7 FBI-SF House investigators seek interviews in SF PDF Text
2327 13 10/9 FBIHQ Transmittal, listing of audiotapes to DC PDF Text
2328 4 10/24 Legat Bogota Statement of witness against Larry Layton PDF Text
2329 4 10/24 FBIHQ Statement of witness against Larry Layton (dupe of 2328) PDF Text
2330 2 10/25 AmEmb Georgetown Request for Vern Gosney and Odell Rhodes to return to Guyana for trial PDF Text
2331 2 10/25 FBIHQ [dupe of 2330] PDF Text
2332 4 10/29 FBIHQ Witnesses against Layton in Guyana trial (dupe of 2325) PDF Text
2334 7 12/22/78 FBIHQ Inventory of guns found at JT, bullets at PK PDF Text
2335 4 11/1 FBIHQ [many deleitions] [most under b1] PDF Text
2337 2 7/3 FBI-SF Transmittal of tapes PDF Text
2338 2 10/25 FBIHQ Transmittal of tapes PDF Text
2339 3 10/25 DOJ Criminal Justice to assist in providing witnesses in Layton trial PDF Text
2340 3 10/25 FBIHQ US assistance to Guyana in prosecution of Layton PDF Text
2341 9 10/31 FBIHQ Memo on audiotapes, Ellice statement PDF Text
2342 2 11/1 AmEmb Georgetown Gosney, Rhodes testify in preliminary hearing PDF Text
2343 3 11/1 FBIHQ [Dupe of 2342] PDF Text
2344 2 11/6 AmEmb Georgetown Third day of preliminary hearing in Layton trial; Secret Service check PDF Text
2345 1 11/7 FBIHQ [all deleted under b(7(c)] PDF Text
2346 2 11/7 AmEmb Georgetown Fourth day of preliminary hearing in Layton trial PDF Text
2347 2 11/7 FBIHQ [dupe of 2346] PDF Text
2348 3 11/7 FBI-SF Progress of Layton prosecution PDF Text
2349 3 11/8 FBIHQ Progress of Layton prosecution PDF Text
2350 1 11/8 AmEmb Georgetown Progress of Layton prosecution PDF Text
2351 1 11/9 FBI-SF Progress of Layton prosecution PDF Text
2352 3 11/9 FBIHQ Progress of Layton prosecution (dupe of 2351) PDF Text
2353 2 11/13 FBIHQ Fingerprint report on possible JT victim from Ventura County PDF Text
2354 2 11/14 FBI-SF Progress of Layton prosecution PDF Text
2355 1 10/31 FBIHQ [all deleted under b17(c)] PDF Text
2356 2 10/29 SecState Progress of Layton prosecution PDF Text
2357 2 10/29 FBIHQ [dupe of 2356] PDF Text
2358 4 11/14 FBIHQ Progress of Layton prosecution (dupe of 2354) PDF Text
2360 2 11/8 FBIHQ [dupe of 2350] PDF Text
2361 3 11/10 FBI-SF Candlelight memorial service on anniversary PDF Text
2362 10 11/13 FBI-SF Candlelight memorial service on anniversary PDF Text
2363 5 11/10 FBIHQ Candlelight memorial service on anniversary (dupe of 2361) PDF Text
2364 1 10/31 Ventura County, CA Ventura Country sheriff checks into possible JT victim PDF Text
2365 5 11/14 FBIHQ Wooden seeks FBI accountability on identifying children PDF Text
2366 1 11/20 AmEmb Georgetown Report on Layton trial PDF Text
2367 2 11/20 FBIHQ [dupe of 2366] PDF Text
2368 3 11/23 FBIHQ Fingerprint report on possible JT victim PDF Text
2369 1 12/1 FBIHQ [all deleted under b7(c)] PDF Text
2370 9 11/9 FBIHQ Discussion of status of RYMUR for media PDF Text
2373 2 1/14 FBI-SF Report on bullet that wounded Speier PDF Text
2374 1 1/7 FBI-SF Transfer of Social Security docs to Guyana PDF Text
2374 post 1 3/29 FBI-SF Unrecorded routing slip PDF Text
2375 33 12/20/78 FBIHQ Transcript of death tape PDF Text
2375x 9 1/26 FBI-SC Fingerprint report on JT victim PDF Text
2376x 6 12/22 FBI-SF PT Contacts with Cuban Embassy in Guyana PDF Text
2377-2379 3 1/23/80 – 1/29/80 FBIHQ Fingerprint reports on JT victims PDF Text
2380 1 1/31/80 AmEmb Georgetown Report on Beikman legal proceedings 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 5th, 2020.

Last modified on November 30th, 2020.
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