Serial 899

United States Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Memorandum
Date: 12/4/78
To: Mr. Moore
From: J. O. Ingram

Subject: RYMUR

PURPOSE: To advise of information developed regarding certain individuals returning from Guyana, and problems encountered in providing proper security for the return of these individuals.

RECOMMENDATION: None. For information.

DETAILS: Retel advised of the identification of 32 individuals who were expected to depart Guyana on 12/3/78, via Pan American Flight 228 to arrive at J.F.K. Airport, New York, at 6:15 P.M., EST same date.

On 12/3/78, SA Robert Oglesby, Georgetown, Guyana, telephonically advised two of the above individuals had elected to remain in Guyana. He identified these two individuals as being Johnnie Mae Yates and Mary Ann Casanova.

Of the remaining 30 individuals Oglesby advised that eight have been tentatively identified as members of the Jonestown basketball team who are suspected of being members of the Peoples Temple security force. These individuals will be interviewed in detail upon their return to the United States. The names of these individuals are as follows:

1. John Raphael Cobb
2. Mark Nathan Cordell
3. James Warren Jones, Jr.
4. Cleveland Newell
5. Preston Lee Wade
6. Walter Lee Williams
7. Burrell Dernaro Wilson
8. Timothy Glenn Jones

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Memo Ingram to Mr. Moore
RE: RYMUR

At approximately 10:30 AM, 12/3/78, SA [name deleted] advised that the State Department had advised him that the pilot of Pan American Flight 228 had refused to carry the above 30 individuals unless he was provided with armed guards to accompany his flight.

Deputy Assistant Director James O. Ingram was advised of the above, as well as Mr. Michael Abbell, of the Department of Justice. Abbell contacted the Department of State and subsequently advised that the pilot had agreed to take the women and children, but refused to take the males among the group, but departed for New York with approximately 10-15 individuals.

Mr. Abbell advised that the details regarding providing Pan American Airlines with adequate security personnel to facilitate the transportation of the Jonestown survivors would have to be discussed with the Department of State, on Monday, 12/4/78, and a determination made as to which agency will provide the necessary security.

SA [name deleted], Division Six, at the J.F.K. Command Post, was advised of the above information in order to coordinate preparation for the interviews to be conducted at New York, on 12/4/78.

A review of referenced teletype indicates the presence of the names of three individuals whose names are not listed on the previous survivor lists. The individuals are as follows:

1. Clifford Allen Gieg
2. Versie Lee Perkins
3. Diane Louie Rozynko

Originally posted on May 5th, 2019.

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