(Editor’s Note: This blog was originally posted here.)
Claim: An autopsy was performed on Jim’s body in Jonestown
Fact: His body was examined and embalmed, but the autopsy happened later
A few days after the massacre, Jim’s body was dragged outside for examination and embalming, not an autopsy. The incision made through his chest and abdomen only penetrated the adipose tissue, it did not go deeper into the chest cavity or abdominal organs. His body was then embalmed, along with six others. The autopsy took place in the USA in December. Moderate to severe decomposition is noted on the report, understandable considering the exposure to all the heat. That also explains why his body weight was lower after death. The incision where his intestines began to protrude from and the previous embalming are also mentioned.