0 222314Z NOV 78
FM LOS ANGELES (89-436) (3) (P)
TO DIRECTOR (89-4286) IMMEDIATE
SAN FRANCISCO (89-250) IMMEDIATE (SF VIA FBIHQ)
RYMUR – INDICES CHECK, LOS ANGELES DIVISION.
Re Bureau telephone call to Los Angeles November 22, 1978 and Los Angeles telephone call to Bureau Supervisor [name deleted], November 22, 1978.
Review of Los Angeles indices for names James Warren Jones, Jim Jones, Peoples Temple of the Disciples of Christ (PTDC) and Leo J. Ryan determined the following:
Under name James Warren Jones, no prior references located.
Under name Jim Jones, indices contained reference in closed Los Angeles file 7-1627-56 captioned “Hearnap” and review of same determined this reference to be a teletype submitted by the Sacramento Division (SC 7-203) dated February
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8, 1974 to Los Angeles and San Francisco (SF 7-855). Teletype provides list of various individuals who had visited or were associates of [name deleted], California Department of Corrections number [deleted], FBI number [deleted], who is described as an inmate at Folsom Prison. One of the individuals listed as an associate was a Reverend Jim Jones, Peoples Temple, Oakland, California.
Los Angeles indices also contain reference in Los Angeles file 48-0-1311 dated August 1976 under name Jim Jones and the PTDC. Review of this reference determined that on August 6, 1976, a Michael J. Prokes, associate minister, PTDC, San Francisco, California, submitted a letter to FBI, Los Angeles, wherein it was stated that a [name deleted], whose wife was a member of the PTDC, had been making threatening statements against the PTDC and had claimed to have reported same to the FBI. Letter refers to the fact that [name deleted] is considered mentally unbalanced and that his accusations should be considered “ridiculous lies”. Above-mentioned letter was subsequently forwarded to the San Francisco
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Division by letter dated August 12, 1976 captioned “Peoples Temple of the Disciples of Christ; Jim Jones; Michael J. Prokes; [name deleted], information concerning”. File further reflects that on August 12, 1976, under the signature of then Assistant Director in Charge (ADIC) Robert E. Gebhardt, a personal letter was sent to Prokes in care of Post Office Box 15023, San Francisco, California, acknowledging receipt of his letter and the fact that the Los Angeles indices contained no reference to the PTDC.
Only other references listed in Los Angeles indices which refer to Jim Jones and the PTDC are located in closed Los Angeles file 7-2002, which has been subsequently facsimiled to Bureau in its entirety morning of November 22, 1978.
Los Angeles indices located a reference to Leo J. Ryan under closed Los Angeles file 105-27952-J-6 captioned “McLek, Nationalities Intelligence”. Review of this reference determined it to be an airtel submitted by Sacramento Division (SC 65-61) to the Bureau (65-74060) with copies for Los
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Angeles, Boston (65-5236), New York (65-25641) and Washington Field (65-11613). This airtel contained information as furnished by [name deleted] on September 13, 1971, wherein various [several words deleted] were listed. One [several words deleted] was listed to California State Assembly Textbook and Curriculum Committee Chairman, Assemblyman Leo J. Ryan.
Armed and dangerous with suicidal tendencies.