United States Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Investigation
To: Mr. Herndon
From: [name deleted]
At 8:00 a.m., 12/7/78, [name deleted], the Legat, Caracas secretary, hand delivered a cassette recording to Laboratory Examiner SA [name deleted]. This recording is a duplicate of a recording received from the Guyanese Government and is allegedly a recording of the last hour before the mass suicide of Peoples Temple members.
The recording has been assigned laboratory specimen number Q42. A direct copy of recording has been made by the Audio Analysis Unit of the Tactical Services Division. The Technical Evaluation Unit of the Laboratory Division is preparing a verbatim transcription of the recording. The duplicate received from Guyana was returned to the Command Post at 10:30 a.m., 12/7/78.
In addition to the recording, some film was also received for processing and was delivered to Section Chief Strain in the Special Projects Section of the Laboratory Division.