JOHNSON, Richard Lee (Ricky)

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Last Name
 
JOHNSON
Given Names
 
Richard Lee (Ricky)
AKA's
 
Better known as
 
Date of Birth
 
8/3/1958
Age at Death
 
20
Place of Birth
 
Charleston, West Virginia*
Race
 
Black
Gender
 
Male
Religion
 
Family Tree
 
Birth Mother
 
Frances Johnson
Birth Father
 
Siblings
 
Partner
 
Children
 
Non-Temple Relatives
 
Body Identification Number
 
Burial Location
 
Source of Death Information
 
House Foreign Affairs Committee report; FBI document 89-4286-1302 (prepared 12/78)
Entry into Guyana
 
7/27/1977
Residence (US)
 
Daly City, California 94014
Residence (JT)
 
SawM
Occupation outside __Peoples Temple
 
student (PT occupation record); construction, general maintenance (LJ memo)
Occupation inside __Peoples Temple
 
Occupation at __Jonestown
 
Government Income
 
Discrepancies
 
*Maaga record says birthplace is Virginia; passport birthplace above
Remembrances
 
Looking Back At Some Of The 1977 Opportunity High Cobras ” - Coach Ron Cabral

“This was one of the players on the 1977 Opportunity High School Cobra baseball team. ” - Anonymous

“Ricky Johnson was Frances Johnson's son and had no relatives in Jonestown. His mother was living in the San Francisco Temple with us on November 18, 1978, and I was in touch with her for months afterward. The last I knew she had moved to Reno, NV. Frances was a working actress and had appeared on Sanford & Son. Ricky was a tall, strong, handsome youth, athletic and sociable. Ron Cabral, his coach at Opportunity HS, and Judy Bebelaar, another teacher at Opportunity High, published "And Then They Were Gone," a book about the Temple high school kids. It has already won Ten Awards! So please ask your local library to add it to their collection!! Edith Roller's journals only have one entry for Ricky, from November of 1976, when he was brought up for failing to show up for his security shift on the back door. In the discussion, Ricky's wife is referred to several times, but her name is not given. She was a member of the Temple, though, and took part in the discussion. Ricky is listed as one of the "singles" in Jonestown, so they must have separated before he went. In Jonestown, on the Jobs list, Wood Crew is all that's listed by Ricky's name. Indeed, the building pace was fast and furious as there was nowhere near enough housing for all the arrivals who flooded into Jonestown in the course of two months (July and August 1977). They just kept on coming, so the work of the Wood Crew was never done. Rest in peace, Dear Ricky. You deserved a long and happy life, and would have done your mother proud, I know. May your memory never fade, and may you be in the arms of the angels now.” - Kathryn (Tropp) Barbour