RYMUR Section 40 – Serials 2711-2746

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 40, including serials 2711-2746. They are dated between May 1985 and July 1987.

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 2730 would be cited as “RYMUR 89-4286-2730.”

Serial # of pages Date Office of Origin Description PDF Text
  26     Section 40 Administrative Memoranda PDF Text
2712 1 7/30 FBI-SF Appeals court upholds trial judge PDF Text
2713 3 7/30 FBIHQ Appeals court upholds trial judge (dupe of 2712) PDF Text
2714 1 9/11 FBI-SF Judge sets new trial date PDF Text
2715 3 9/11 FBIHQ Judge sets new trial date (dupe of 2714) PDF Text
2716 2 10/27 FBI-SF Judge postpones new date PDF Text
2717 4 10/27 FBIHQ Judge postpones new date (dupe of 2716) PDF Text
2718 5 1/7/86 FBIHQ Prosecutors request to travel to Guyana (dupe of 2722) PDF Text
2720 5 1/10 SecState State discusses travel plans to Guyana PDF Text
2722 3 1/7 FBI-SF Prosecutors request to travel to Guyana PDF Text
2726 2 2/25 FBI-SF Trial date may be changed PDF Text
2727 3 3/11 FBIHQ Retrial date postponed until 6/86 (dupe of 2728) PDF Text
2728 2 3/11 FBI-SF Retrial date postponed until 6/86 PDF Text
2728x 2 3/11 FBI-WFO Transmittal of Guyana Survey Report (not included) PDF Text
2729 4 6/2 FBIHQ Retrial date postponed until 10/86 (dupe of 2729x) PDF Text
2729x 2 6/2 FBI-SF Retrial date postponed until 10/86 PDF Text
2730 3 9/26 FBI-SF Description of tapes to be used in trial PDF Text
2733 4 9/25/86 DOJ Criminal Division FBI summarizes commencement of retrial PDF Text
2734 8 7/10 FBIHQ Transmittal of trial exhibits PDF Text
2735 3 8/21 FBI-SF US alerts Guyanese witnesses of schedule to testify PDF Text
2736 1 10/30 FBI-SF FBI agents to testify PDF Text
2737 5 8/21 FBIHQ US seeks Guyanese witnesses (dupe of 2735) PDF Text
2739 2 10/8 FBI-SF FBI requests additional money for expenses for witnesses PDF Text
2740 2 10/9 FBIHQ FBI HQ grants request PDF Text
2742 5 10/9 FBIHQ Detailed description of tapes to be used in trial PDF Text
2743 3 12/2 DOJ Criminal Division Layton convicted PDF Text
2744 1 10/31 FBI-SF FBI agents to testify PDF Text
2746 2 3/13 FBI-SF Layton convicted 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 18th, 2020.
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