WILSON, Joseph Lafayette

Photos Courtesy of California Historical Society, MSP 3800

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Last Name
Given Names
Joseph Lafayette
Better known as
Date of Birth
Age at Death
Place of Birth
Atlanta, Georgia
Family Tree
  Inez Wagner Family Tree
Birth Mother
Birth Father
Leslie Monique Wagner aka Leslie Wilson
Jakari Lafayette Wilson; (nephew) Deron Kentae Davis; (niece) Dawnyelle Fitch
Non-Temple Relatives
Body Identification Number
Burial Location
Remains claimed by next of kin; burial location unknown
Source of Death Information
House Foreign Affairs Committee report; FBI document 89-4286-1302 (prepared 12/78)
Entry into Guyana
Residence (US)
Redwood Valley, California 95470
Residence (JT)
Cottage 36
Occupation in U.S./Skills, Talents & Interests
counselor (RYMUR 89-4286-X-5-a-26cc); youth counselor, children supervisor, Construction (RYMUR 89-4286-E-2-A-1oo); Construction worker, general maintenance (LJ memo)
Occupation in Jonestown (Temple Records)
Nighttime Patrol (Security) (RYMUR 89-4286-C-7-h-4b); Construction – Carpenter (Beck)
Jonestown Roles (FBI Records)
Security (FBI document 89-4286-1207); Airstrip shooter (FBI Report, 89-4286-1681)
Government Income
“Joe Wilson was my husband and best friend. As I look at his picture, those that did not know him would think him a heartless person. His intentions were good. He taught me life lessons about life and myself. He was a wonderful father and husband. Forget about the day of the murders. Somehow he thought he was doing what was best for the cause. He is forgiven,and yes still loved. ” - leslie.monique@yahoo.com

My Buddy Joe Wilson ” - Linda Mertle

“Mr. Wilson, I am posting to you to say. I do not know what went wrong with you. But I would like to thank you for having a moment of sanity. And compassion. And letting your wife Leslie leave that day for the picnic. And taking your son Jakari with her. Maybe you did not know it at the time. but you truly helped to save their lives. I know you would be proud of the man is that your son has grown into. And the woman your wife Leslie has evolved into. I am just one a very many people that\'s thank you for allowing them to survive. to go on and pick up the gauntlet and tell the truth. RIP” - Cody Jau