Summary prepared by Fielding M. McGehee III. If you use this material, please credit The Jonestown Institute. Thank you.
FBI Catalogue Jones Speaking
FBI preliminary tape identification note: None
Date cues on tape: Early April 1978, likely 4/7 (between April 3, completion of Carter trip to Africa, and Korea’s decision to cooperate with Senate)
Jimmy Carter, President of US
John F. Kennedy, assassinated US President
Lyndon Baines Johnson, former US President
Franklin Roosevelt, former US President
Harold Brown, Secretary of Defense
Robert Strange McNamara, former Secretary of Defense
Cleo Allen Noel Jr., murdered ambassador to Sudan [by reference]
George Curtis Moore, deputy to Amb. Noel [by reference]
Brigadier General John Bard, West point commandant
Robert Komer, head of American pacification program in Vietnam
William Colby, head of the CIA
Rep. Henry Reuss (D-WI)
Winston Churchill, former British Prime Minister
Mobutu Sese Seko, president of Zaire
Colonel Mengistu Haile Mariam, president of Ethiopia
Olusegun Obasanjo, president of Nigeria
Ian Smith, prime minister of Rhodesia
Moamar Khadafy, leader of Libya
Joshua Nkomo, head of Zimbabwean Patriotic Front
Robert Mugabe, head of Zimbabwean Patriotic Front
Idi Amin, president of Uganda
Indira Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India
Choudhary Charan Singh, Indian Home Minister
Reddy, Neelam Sanjiva, President of India [by reference]
Nguyen Cao Ky, vice president under Thieu
Nguyen Ngoc Loan, chief of South Vietnam’s National Police
Ed Davis, Republican candidate for governor of California
Rupert Murdoch, newspaper magnate
Errol Flynn, American actor
John Stockwell, author, former CIA officer
Bible verses cited: None
Jim Jones reads the news for a day in early April 1978. There are two parts to the newscast, but they are almost certainly from the same day.
Most of the newscast consists of fairly short items, although Jones does read a lengthier segment at its conclusion on the whereabouts of several men associated with the Vietnam War, including Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, Vietnamese government officials Nguyen Van Thieu and Nguyen Cao Ky, and CIA head William Colby.
As with almost all of these newscasts, the US is uniformly described as fascist, racist, imperialist, monopoly capitalist, or some combination of those. There are no laudatory descriptions of the Soviet Union, although that may be because – as Jones reports – “I’m unable to pick up a Soviet socialist station at this time, so we cannot confirm [this report] other than from imperialist broadcasting stations.”
Nevertheless, he concludes numerous items – especially those of economic hardships endured by Western governments – that the collapse of capitalism is near. In addition, he focuses on several stories involving nuclear weapons, ending each with a prediction of holocaust. “Dangerous situations that could lead to a nuclear war,” he says at one point. “In fact, these days, you wonder what couldn’t lead to a nuclear war.”
The only announcement directly affecting the Jonestown community is that Guyana’s Minister of Justice has asked for support of the upcoming national referendum. In the same conversation, the Guyanese official assured Jim Jones that no one would be extradited to the US, seemingly a real victory for the Temple’s leadership in its battle over the custody of John Victor Stoen.
Among the news items:
• Refugees flee Zaire; Zaire to receive foreign aid from China;
• Ethiopia offers amnesty to Eritrean rebels;
• Rhodesia bombs Mozambique;
• Some white settlers of Rhodesia urge negotiations with rebels;
• Chad invaded by Libya and Cuban troops;
• South Korea initially refuses to cooperate with Senate probe, leads to denial of food aid;
• Japan increases imports to stave off economic collapse;
• Split among Indian officials threatens future of ruling party;
• West German police kidnap Red Army terrorist from Bulgaria;
• Italy puts members of red
• France to abolish death penalty;
• British munitions industry criticized for shoddy equipment;
• Argentina soccer tournament boycotted by several nations;
• Pres. Carter presents gas rationing plan; Kuwait promises increases in oil prices;
• Carter’s trip to Africa criticized;
• Production of neutron bomb defended.
Date of transcription: 6/1/79
In connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the assassination of U.S. Congressman LEO J. RYAN at Port Kaituma, Guyana, South America, on November 18, 1978, a tape recording was obtained. This tape recording was located in Jonestown, Guyana, South America, and was turned over to U.S. Officials in Guyana and subsequently transported to the United States.
On June 1, 1979, Special Agent (name deleted) reviewed the tape numbered 1B93-46. This tape was found to contain the following:
A recording of current events and a lecture on the current events by JIM JONES.
Differences with FBI Summary:
The summary is accurate and meets the FBI’s purposes.
Tape originally posted January 2020.