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P 201835Z JUN 78
FM AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 7059
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E.O. 11652: N/A
TAGS: CDES, (BUTLER, CHLOTILE)
SUBJECT: DEATH OF AMCIT [American citizen]: CHLOTILE BUTLER: SSN: 365-18-9917 – MARCH 10, 1900, GEORGIA

1. Representatives of People’s Temple mission informed Embassy on June 15 that Ms. Chlotile Butler, an aged member of their organization, died on June 10, 1978. They stated that death was caused by a massive cerebral stroke. According to Temple representative she was buried at their townsite in the Northwest District.

2. Post and Temple personnel have been attempting without success to determine whether Ms. Butler has any next of kin. Our files have disclosed that Ms. Butler began receiving Social Security retirement checks through the Embassy on May 3, 1977.

3. Guyanese immigration records disclosed that Ms. Butler entered Guyana on August 4, 1977 with passport number F1851560 issued at San Francisco, Calif. Her date and place of birth were listed as March 10, 1900 in Thomasville, Georgia. Her last U.S. address was given as 1025 Geary Street, Apt. 4B, San Francisco.

4. Action requested: Department attempt to ascertain through passport or Social Security files whether Ms.

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Butler had any surviving relatives. A People’s Temple representative stated that Ms. Butler’s friends at the mission could not recall her receiving any mail or writing to relatives since her arrival at the agricultural mission. Further, that they could not locate her passport after searching her personal effects. Embassy has requested Guyanese death certificate from People’s Temple.

Burke

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Originally posted on February 12th, 2020.

Last modified on July 20th, 2022.
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