Serial 983

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

0 080302Z DEC 78
FM SAN FRANCISCO (89-250) (P)
TO DIRECTOR (89-4286) IMMEDIATE
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UNCLAS
RYMUR, 00: SAN FRANCISCO

Pursuant to telephone request by Bureau Supervisor [name deleted], FBI HQ, this date, the following is an itemization of information developed to date which would substantiate the facts contained in the criminal complaint filed in San Francisco charging eight individuals with the assassination of U.S. Congressman Leo Ryan at Port Kaituma, Guyana, on November 18, 1978.

[name deleted] [Jim Cobb], Concerned Relative present at Port Kaituma airstrip during the shooting, identified the following individuals as persons observed by him actively involved in the shooting: Bob Kice, Tom Kice, Joe Wilson, Albert Touchette, Ron James, Eddy Crenshaw, Wesley Breidenbach, and

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Ron Tally [Talley].

[name deleted], Edith Parks, [name deleted] and family, and [name deleted], all Temple defectors present at Port Kaituma airstrip shooting identified Tom Kice, Albert Touchette, and Joe Wilson as active participants in the shooting. This information obtained from second hand from Ron Javers, San Francisco “Chronicle” reporter present at Port Kaituma.

Vernon Gosney, Concerned Relative present at Port Kaituma shooting, identified Joe Wilson, Bob Kice, and Tom Kice as active participants in the shooting. In addition, Gosney advised that he observed three or four others personally involved but to date has not provided their identity.

Beverly Oliver, Concerned Relative present at Port Kaituma shooting, identifying Ronnie James as being present on the tractor transporting attackers to the airstrip.

[name deleted] [Jackie Speier], aide to Congressman Leo Ryan present at Port Kaituma airstrip shooting, observed ten unknown individuals on a flatbed trailer who subsequently were actively involved in the shooting here under investigation.

[name deleted] [Bob Flick], NBC news producer and member of Congressman

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Leo Ryan’s party present at Port Kaituma shooting, advised that the driver (identity unknown to him) of the truck transporting the Congressman’s party to Port Kaituma airstrip was also present on the tractor subsequently transporting attackers.

In addition to these details which have been furnished San Francisco, additional eye witnesses are in the process of being interviewed and it is anticipated their statements will corroborate information furnished to date. These individuals are [name deleted], Concerned Relative; [name deleted] [Richard Dwyer], U.S. State Department; [names deleted], reporter; [name deleted], reporter for the [affiliation deleted] [Charles Krause, Washington Post]; [name deleted], Concerned Relative; names deleted], reporter; and [name deleted] [Steve Sung], NBC News [deleted] [soundman]. [Other names are Tim Reiterman and Ron Javers]

Additional interviews will be conducted by San Francisco of these individuals when the original FD-302s have been received so as not to duplicate investigation conducted.

In addition to these interviews, NBC News is in possession of 12 hours of television taping of the PT visit by Ryan

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which includes footage of the attack on Ryan’s party at the Port Kaituma airstrip. The FBI is in the process of obtaining a copy of that film footage.

The majority of the above information is derived from synopsized interviews conducted by other offices and reported by teletype. San Francisco is not yet in receipt of the detailed interviews (FD-302s) which may contain more specific data.

Armed and dangerous. Suicidal tendencies.

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Originally posted on August 10th, 2019.

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