Serial 872

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
COMMUNICATION MESSAGE FORM

DATE: 12/6/78
CLASSIFICATION: UNCLAS
PRECEDENCE: PRIORITY

FM DIRECTOR, FBI
TO FBI NEW ROCHELLE PRIORITY
FBI NEW YORK PRIORITY
BT
UNCLAS
RYMUR

On December 5, 1978, FBI HQ received secondhand information from a source of undetermined reliability whose identity is unknown to the Bureau that one [name deleted] (phonetic) reportedly a political figure residing in Westchester County, provided the cyanide used in the suicide-murder incident in Jonestown, Guyana. Although the Bureau has no jurisdiction regarding the deaths of Peoples Temple (PT) members in Jonestown, who allegedly died of cyanide poisoning, New Rochelle should attempt to further identify [name deleted] and thereafter locate and interview him regarding any knowledge he had of any plan to assassinate Congressman Leo J. Ryan or any other United States government official.

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[name deleted]’s knowledge of any conspiracy either in Guyana or in the United States to assassinate a congressman should be covered in this interview. Armed and dangerous. Suicidal tendencies.

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Originally posted on May 3rd, 2019.

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