Serial 1069

[Editor’s note: The subject of this serial whose name is deleted is Pat Richartz, the assistant to attorney Charles Garry. The deleted information from the memorandum – designated by brackets – which is known to the editor has been indicated by red type.]

0 052230Z DEC 78
FM SAN FRANCISCO (89-250) (SQ. 10)
TO DIRECTOR, FBI (IMMEDIATE)
HOUSTON (IMMEDIATE)
LOS ANGELES (IMMEDIATE)
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UNCLAS
RYMUR; 00: SAN FRANCISCO.

Re Bureau teletype to San Francisco dated November 28, 1978.

On November 29, 1978, [deleted name] [Pat Richartz], assistant to attorney Charles Garry, San Francisco, California, advised that though she had never met Larry Eugene Schacht, M.D., she understood that Schacht had been a drug addict from New Mexico or somewhere in the mid-Southwest, possibly Houston, and had been rehabilitated. [Richartz] stated she understood Schacht had attempted to attend medical schools in the United States but had not been successful, so attended a medical school in Mexico. [Richartz] stated she believed Schacht did not do an

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internship, but went directly to Guyana upon completion of his schooling.

On December 1, 1978, Charles Garry, attorney, San Francisco, California, stated he had met Larry Schacht when visiting Jonestown, South America. Garry advised that Schacht had no medical assistance as such, but that there were many nurses in the compound. Garry stated Schacht’s father resided in Houston and on this date he had been notified telephonically by an attorney for the Schacht family in Houston. Garry advised this attorney (Garry did not afford the name of this attorney) recommended the Schacht family allow the FBI to interview them and that they should be as open and candid as possible with the FBI.

Garry advised that his understanding was that Schacht began his medical degree at a university in Guadalajara, Mexico, and he transferred to University of California for completion of this degree. Garry proceeded at this point to telephone the People’s Temple here in San Francisco and speak to People’s Temple member James Randolph, who advised Garry that Schacht had completed his degree at the University

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of California, Irvine.

For the information of Los Angeles, referenced teletype from the Bureau advised that FBI fingerprint technicians on November 28, 1978, positively identified Lawrence [Laurence] Eugene Schacht, DOB October 2, 1948, as among the deceased members of the People’s Temple. In reference to teletype, the Bureau requested the determination as to whether Schacht was a medical doctor, where he received his education, employment history, background concerning his involvement in the People’s Temple, and identity of any associates who could provide further information concerning Schacht’s involvement in the mass suicide and conspiracy to [assassinate] Congressman Ryan.

Newspaper accounts have alleged that Dr. Larry Schacht aided the members of the People’s Temple in Jonestown to receive hypodermic shots and poison during the mass suicide-death.

Lead. Los Angeles at Irvine, California – review past student records at the University of California medical school for information regarding Larry Eugene Schacht, DOB October 2, 1948.

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Originally posted on August 13th, 2019.

Last modified on November 30th, 2020.
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