Serial 1215

[Editor’s note: Information from page 2 of this serial was duplicated at page 3 of Serial 1876.]

Transmittal Form

FBI Laboratory
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Washington, DC 20535

To: SAC, Baltimore (89-173)
From: Director, FBI

December 11, 1978
FBI File No: 89-4286
Lab No.: 81205068 S/E TH SH

Examination requested by: Baltimore
Reference: Letter dated December 1, 1978
Examination requested: Firearms – Magnetic Tape Duplication


Processing of Q38 and Q39 is continuing. You will be advised by a subsequent report as to the results of these examinations. You will also be advised that time as to the disposition of the submitted items.

The firearms examination was conducted by Special Agent [name deleted]. Processing of the tape cassette was conducted by Special Agent [name deleted] of the Radio Engineering Section.

Enclosures (2) (2 Lab report)

2 – San Francisco (89 – 250) Enclosures (2) (2 Lab report)
2 – San Juan (89 – 123) Enclosures (3) (2 Lab report, copy of incoming letter)


Report of the
FBI Laboratory
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Washington, DC 20535

To: SAC, Baltimore (89-173)

December 11, 1978
FBI File No: 89-4286
Lab No.: 81205068 S/E TH SH

Specimens received: December 5, 1978

Q 34 Fragments from Speier (Q1)
Q 35 Unknown item (Q2)
Q 36 Fragments from Sung (Q3)
Q 37 Bullet (Q4)
Q 38 Roll of film (Q5)
Q 39 Cassette tape (Q 6)

Result of examination:

Specimen Q 34 consists of 24 fragments, 21 of which are minute fragments of lead. These lead fragments retain no microscopic marks of value. The remaining three fragments are not metal, but appear to be material from a body.

Specimen Q 35 is a piece of plastic or plastic-like material which did not originate from a cartridge or components thereof.

Specimen Q 36 consists of four minute fragments of lead in one nonmetallic fragment. The foreman fragments do not retain any microscopic marks of value.

Page 2

Specimen Q 37 is a .22 Long Rifle caliber copper-coated lead bullet which was fired from the barrel of a weapon rifled with six lands and grooves, right twist. Furthermore, specimen Q 37 retains extremely limited microscopic marks of value for identification purposes. Among the weapons producing lasting impressions like those in Q 37 are .22 caliber weapons manufactured by or bearing the following trade names: Harrington and Richardson, Smith & Wesson, Star, Winchester, Clerke, Ruger, Rossi, Galef, Stirlng Arms, Astra, Etienne, EIG, P.I.E., Walther, Marlin, Ivor Johnson, High Standard, Browning, Western Field, CDM, J. C. Higgins, Stevens and Armelite.


[Editor’s note: Pages 4-13 consist of FBI Laboratory Work Sheets, including extensive handwritten notes and photographic images]


SAC, BALTIMORE (89-173) (P)


Re Hyattsville Resident Agency telephone call to Mr. [name deleted], Photographic Operations Center, 12/1/78.

Enclosed for the FBI Laboratory are the following items, which were obtained at Andrews Air Force Base (AAFB), Maryland, in connection with the captioned matter:

Q1. Bullet fragments from forearm of Jacqueline Speier.
Q2. Unknown item removed from forearm of Jacqueline Speier.
Q3. Bullet fragments removed from right forearm of Steven Sung.
Q4. Bullet removed from left shoulder of Ronald Javers.

Enclosed for the Photographic Unit is the following, which was obtained at AAFB, Maryland, in connection with captioned matter.

Q5. Roll of film from [name deleted] [Carol Houston Boyd].

Enclosed for the Bureau is one copy of FD-302 reflecting recovery of Q4 [Q5].

Enclosed for San Francisco are the original and seven copies of same FD-302. Also enclosed for San Francisco is one cassette tape obtained from Mrs. [Carol Houston Boyd] which contains conversation between her and [her nieces, Patricia and Judy Houston], who were members of the Jonestown Settlement. San Francisco should note that [Carol Houston Boyd] requested that this taking returned to her upon completion of captioned investigation.


BA 89-173

The FBI Laboratory is requested to examine Q1 through Q4 to determine their potential evidentiary value.

The Photographic unit is requested to process Q5.

Results of the examination of enclosed items should be returned to San Francisco or disposed of by the FBI Laboratory upon completion of above requested examinations.

The Photographic Unit and San Francisco should note that [Carol Houston Boyd] specifically requested the return of Q5.