Serial 891

United States Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Memorandum
Date: 12/1/78
To: Mr. Moore
From: J. O. Ingram

Subject: RYMUR

DAILY SUMMARY

Status of Persons for whom Arrest Warrants have been issued in the United States

Thomas Kice. Photographic copies of fingerprints for Thomas Kice had been received from the Immigration Service of the Government of Guyana (GOG), however, no identification to date has been effected by our Identification Division which would show that Thomas Kice is among the dead. Thomas Kice is not known to be among the survivors in Georgetown and it is assumed that he will be eventually identified as being one of the dead.

Wesley Bridenbach [Breidenbach]. Photographic copies of fingerprints for Wesley Bridenbach have been received from the Immigration Service of the GOG, however, no identification to date has been effected by our Identification Division which would show that Wesley Bridenbach is among the dead. Wesley Bridenbach is not known to be among the survivors in Georgetown and it is assumed that he will be eventually identified as being one of the dead.

Ronald James. Photographic copies of fingerprints for Ronald James have been received from the Immigration Service of the GOG, however, no identification to date has been effected by our Identification Division which would show that Ronald James is among the dead. Ronald James is not known to be among the survivors in Georgetown and it is assumed that he will be eventually identified as being one of the dead.

Robert Kice has been identified through identification records as being among the dead at Dover, Delaware. This identification was effected by comparison of inked impressions taken by the Disaster Squad at Dover, Delaware,

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and compared with photocopies of fingerprint records of the GOG.

Joe Wilson has been identified through identification records as being among the dead at Dover, Delaware. This identification was effected by comparison of inked impressions taken by the Disaster Squad at Dover, Delaware, and compared with photocopies of fingerprint records of the GOG.

Albert Touchette has been identified through identification records as being among the dead at Dover, Delaware. This identification was effected by comparison of inked impressions taken by the Disaster Squad at Dover, Delaware, and compared with photocopies of fingerprint records of the GOG.

Ronald Tally [Talley] has been identified through identification records as being among the dead at Dover, Delaware. This identification was effected by comparison of inked impressions taken by the Disaster Squad at Dover, Delaware, and compared with photocopies of fingerprint records of the GOG.

Eddie Crenshaw has tentatively been identified as being among the dead. Immigration records of the GOG cross reference the name Eddie Crenshaw as being identifiable with Eddie Hollman, date of birth 4/6/55 in Indiana. The Identification Division has established that he Eddie Hollman (supra) is dead by means of comparison between inked fingerprint impressions taken at Dover, Delaware, and photocopies of fingerprint records of the Immigration authorities in Guyana.

Investigative Operations in Guyana

Our four Agents from FBI HQ have joined with Legat, Robert Oglesby in Georgetown, Guyana, and have met on this date with top officials of the GOG who stated that the FBI will not be permitted to conduct any interviews in Guyana, however, will be free to examine and copy all evidence which has been obtained in this matter by authorities in Guyana. Additionally, ballistics tests will be allowed to be performed by the FBI on weapons involved in the shooting of Congressman Ryan and his party.

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Ambassador [John] Burke met this date with Cabinet Minister [Hamilton] Green. Mr. Green express mild displeasure with the news media accounts of FBI Agents entering Guyana in connection with this matter, especially since the information was printed in the local newspapers in Guyana. Mr. Green said the news, however, did not present a serious problem to the GOG. In this regard, State Department has advised the FBI by cable from the American Embassy, Georgetown, Guyana, to the Secretary of State, Washington, D.C., dated 12/1/78, that there is no longer any need to embargo in the United States the news of the FBI team’s visit to Guyana. Any news release, however, should emphasize the technical nature of the FBI activity in Guyana.

Return of Survivors of Jonestown to the United States

The State Department has advised that it is most likely now that all returning survivors of Jonestown will be transported via commercial airlines to JFK Airport, New York City rather than by military airlift. In this regard ADIC Neil J. Welch, New York Division, has been advised and contingency plans regarding the processing of survivors are being developed at this time to insure that all returning survivors are thoroughly interviewed under optimum conditions.

Results of the Forensic Autopsy Performed Upon the Body of Congressman Leo J. Ryan

Michael Novelli, Administrative Aide to Congressman Ryan, contacted FBI HQ Command Post 11/30/78, requesting a copy of the autopsy on behalf of the Ryan family. He was advised by Deputy Assistant Director Ingram that the autopsy report had just been made available to the FBI from the United States Department of State approximately 15 minutes prior to his phone call and the FBI would immediately contact U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney in San Francisco and if no objections, a copy would be promptly made available to Ryan’s office. Departmental Attorney Michael Abell and US Attorney James Hunter contacted, voiced no objections, and one copy was made available to Attorney George R. Corey handling Ryan’s estate.

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The Autopsy

A copy of the pathological report is maintained at FBI HQ and indicates that a forensic autopsy was performed upon the body of one Leo Ryan on 11/20/78 at Georgetown, Guyana. The autopsy report lists the date of death as 11/18/78 at Port Kaituma, Guyana, time unknown. The cause of death is listed as shock and hemorrhage following multiple gunshot injuries compounded by comminuted fracture of the skull with lacerations and hermation of the brain. An additional cause of death is listed as a perforation of both lungs with bilateral haemothtrax portion.

Originally posted on May 5th, 2019.

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