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 41, comprising the last six serials of RYMUR, 2747-2750. Four are dated 1988, and one each are dated 1981 and 1989.
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 2747x would be cited as “RYMUR 89-4286-2747x.”
|Serial||# of pages||Date||Office of Origin||Description||Text|
|2747x||2||3/7/88||FBI-SF||Layton case closed||Text|
|2748||1||4/19||FBIHQ||[RYMUR administrative memo]||Text|
|2749||1||9/13||FBI-SF||Claim for use of FOIPA exemption||Text|
|2749 post 1||3||8/10/81||FBIHQ||Lab report on firearms||Text|
|2749 post 2||3||8/26/88||FBI-SF||Request for slides||Text|
|2750||3||3/16/89||FBI-SF||Claim for use of FOIPA exemption no longer needed||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.