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FD-302

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Date of transcription 11/29/78

Doctor [Name deleted], Medical Officer, Roosevelt Roads Naval Hospital, Puerto Rico, was interviewed regarding the status of four patients presently admitted to the Naval Hospital all of whom have been flown to this Naval Base from Georgetown, Guyana.

Doctor [Name deleted] advised that only one of the four patients had been a member of the People’s Temple commune, Jonesville [Jonestown], Guyana. His name is Vern Gosney, and he suffered a gunshot wound to the abdominal area. Surgery was performed on Gosney
on Sunday, November 19, 1978, and it was found that he had received lacerations of the liver and a ruptured spleen. Doctor [Name deleted] said that the bullet passed into and out of the body, and therefore could not be recovered. He added that the patient is presently using a respirator, but that the prognosis is excellent.

Another patient, Anthony Katsaris, had been shot in the chest and had possible abdominal injuries. Doctor [Name deleted] said that no bullet could be recovered from Katsaris’ wound, and the prognosis is excellent.

Another patient, Mrs. Oliver, had been shot in both feet according to Doctor [Name deleted]. The doctor said that Mrs. Oliver had numerous pellet-type pieces of metal in both feet, and these were not going to be removed by surgery. The doctor said that usually the body will expel these foreign particles. Mr. Oliver, Mrs. Oliver’s husband, had suffered a stroke in Georgetown, Guyana, when he learned of the killings at Jonesville, and is also patient within the Naval Hospital according to Doctor [Name deleted]. Mr. Oliver is suffering from mild paralysis on the left side of his face, but according to Doctor [Name deleted], the prognosis for his recovery is also good.

Doctor [Name deleted] explained that Anthony Katsaris is the son of Steven Katsaris, a San Francisco psychologist, and young Katsaris, along with his father, had gone to Guyana with United States Representative Leo Ryan in an attempt to learn more about the People’s Temple commune at Jonesville. Doctor [Name deleted] said that Vern Gosney was a

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member of the commune who had expressed a desire to leave, and was attending to desert the commune when he was shot down. Mrs. Oliver had previously been a member of the cult, but had left the People’s Temple in the recent past and just recently returned to Guyana in an attempt to see her two sons who were members of the cult.

The interview was concluded at this point.

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FD-302

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Date of transcription 12/6/78

Doctor [Name deleted], Orthopedic Surgery, United States Naval Hospital, advised that he removed two bullet fragments from the left forearm of Anthony Katsaris. At the time that Katsaris was shot, the radial artery was lacerated and the median nerve was bruised. Three were severed, the long and short abductors and the short exterior of the thumb.

Doctor [Name deleted] removed the two fragments which were of low velocity, possibly .32 or .38 caliber. He released these fragments to Master at Arms, HM Martin Goldman.

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FD-302

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Date of transcription 12/7/78

[Name deleted], Hospital Corpsman First Class, Master at Arms, United States Naval Hospital, furnished to [name deleted] the following items:

One specimen cup containing bullet fragments removed from the left wrist of Anthony Katsaris.

One specimen cup containing bullet fragment removed from the left wrist of Anthony Katsaris.

[name deleted] advised that he received these two bullet fragments on November 22, 1978, from Lieutenant Commander [name deleted], MD, United States Navy.

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FD-302

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Date of transcription 12/7/78

[Name deleted], Hospital Corpsman Third Class, United States Naval Hospital, Roosevelt Roads Naval Station, Puerto Rico, advised on this date been arriving on this date on one of the medical evacuation flights from Guyana and which accompanied one of the wounded survivors of the Jonestown, Guyana incident, was a tan shoulder bag containing various items. Apparently this bag does not belong to any of the patients currently recuperating at the Naval Hospital. She advised that this bag was marked property of “John Doe” and placed in her safe.

On this date she furnished to Special Agent [name deleted] the following items:

One tan shoulder bag which contained one Hanimex movie camera, model MX 311 and which contained numerous canisters of film and various other items.

Appropriate items for evidence purposes such as the camera, film, and cassette tapes were dated and marked. These items will be forwarded to Headquarters, Federal Bureau of Investigation. The shoulder bags and other items such as soled socks, shaving gear and so forth will be retained by San Juan Office of the FBI.

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FD-302

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Date of transcription 12/12/78

Chief Warrant Officer, [Name deleted], Fleet Audiovisual Center, made available to Special Agent [name deleted] forty-one photographs which he made, using a 35mm camera, of the NBC videotape of the Jonestown, Guyana incident.

Originally posted on August 28th, 2019.

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