Serial 592

[Editor’s note: Two of the subjects whose names are deleted in this serial are known to the editor to be Joyce and Dale Parks. Those notations have been indicated by red type.]

0 300255Z NOV 78
FM LOS ANGELES (89-436) (3) (P)
TO DIRECTOR (89-4286) (IMMEDIATE)
SAN FRANCISCO (89-250) (IMMEDIATE) (SF VIA FBIHQ)
SACRAMENTO (89-191) (IMMEDIATE)
BT
UNCLAS
RYMUR, 00: SAN FRANCISCO.

On November 29, 1978, Jack Arnold Beam, son of Jack Lovell Beam, interviewed at Ventura, California. Beam left Peoples Temple (PT) in 1975 because of excesses of Jones but has remained in contact with former members of PT through the Human Freedom Center in Berkeley, California, and a group called Concerned Relatives, the latter organization strictly concerned with the PT members in Guyana. Most information furnished by Beam is heresay [hearsay] in nature and not direct. Beam’s father, mother and sister, Eleanor Beam, died in Guyana as did his wife’s mother, Lois Ponts. Beam knows a great deal about historical background

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of PT and of Jones.

Beam furnished list of following named individuals whom he described as dangerous and on the personal staff of PT:

Terry Buford, white female presently in the United States.
Carolyn Layton, whereabouts unknown.
Mike Prokes, in Guyana.
Steven [Stephan] Jones, in Guyana.
Lee Ingram, in Guyana.
Archie Ijames, in San Francisco.
Sandy Bradshaw, in San Francisco.
Tim Carter, in Guyana.
Harriet Tropp, whereabouts unknown.
Gene Chaiken, a lawyer, whereabouts unknown.
Don and Bonnie Beck, whereabouts unknown.
Jim McElvane, whereabouts unknown.
Helen Swinney, possibly on PT boat.
Joyce Touchette, whereabouts unknown.

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Debbie and Mike Touchette, in Guyana.
Charlie Touchette, possibly on PT boat.
Paula Adams, in Guyana.
Tim Tucker Jones, security head, Guyana.
Jim Jones, Jr., a male black adopted son of Jones, in Guyana.

Beam also had a list of other close members of PT but did not describe them as dangerous. In Beam’s opinion, none of the above persons, regardless of public statements, would reject the teachings of Jones and was still adhere to the principles ordered by Jones even though deceased.

Beam advised his sister, [deleted information on Joyce Parks] was in Venezuela in a clinic for the last two and one half months but is now in the United States living with Beam’s aunt and uncle [names deleted], Lodi, California, telephone number [withheld]. Beam requested [Joyce Parks] be contacted in advance for arrangements for interview and that her whereabouts not be disclosed because of press interest in locating her and because of her

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fear for her personal safety. He believes she will be cooperative and has been advised of his cooperation with the FBI.

Beam spoke with [name deleted] [Dale Parks], brother-in-law who is still in Guyana telephonically and was advised by [Dale Parks] that [name deleted], who was in charge of the receiving warehouse at Jonestown that the poison arrived at the warehouse only one week prior to the arrival of the Ryan party.

Sacramento at Lodi: will interview [Joyce Parks] at above stated address regarding her knowledge of captioned matter and in accordance with instructions received by San Francisco office.

BT

Originally posted on April 13th, 2019.

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