Saturday, May 18, 2013

Nothing Like This Has Ever Happened Before! Guyana Massacre - The Eyewitness Account




November 20, 1978, Washington Post, Reverend Jones Became West Coast Power, by Larry Kramer,
November 21, 1978, Washington Post - AP, Guyana press victims were noted in field,
November 21, 1978, Washington Post, People's Temple Had History of Threats, Violence, by Art Harris,
November 21, 1978, Washington Post, Survivor: They Started With The Babies, Charles A. Krause,
Novem­ber 21, 1978, Washington Post, Cult Head Leads 408 to Deaths in Suicide-Murders," by Leonard Downie, Jr.,
November 21, 1978, Washington Post, People's Temple Had History of Threats, Violence, by Art Harris,
November 22, 1978, Washington Post, Bodies in Guyana Cause Confusion, Before the Horror, by Charles A. Krause,
November 22, 1978, Washington Post, Zablocki Unit Working to Finish Probe Begun by Ryan, by T.E. Reid,
November 22, 1978, Washington Post, page A-16, After Guyana Violence, Army Moves to Take Control,
November 22, 1978, Washington Post, New Violence Is Feared Despite Heavy Security,
November 22, 1978, Washington Post, AP Photo Gale Robinson, sits by casket of son,
November 22, 1978, Washington Post, Indianapolis to Guyana- A Jim Jones Chronology,
November 22, 1978, Washington Post, Jim Jones being filmed by NBC’s Bob Brown, who was later killed.
November 22, 1978, Washington Post - AP, Relatives Wait To Know Fate Of Loved Ones,
November 22, 1978, Washington Post, page A-1, Bodies in Guyana Cause Confusion; Confusion Mounts Over Bodies at Guyana Cult Site; Many Missing in Jungle, by Leonard Downie Jr.,
November 22, 1978, Washington Post, Bodies in Guyana Cause Confusion, by Charles A. Krause,
November 22, 1978, Washington Post, Zablocki Unit Working to Finish Probe Begun by Ryan, by T.E. Reid,
November 22, 1978, Washington Post, page A-16, After Guyana Violence, Army Moves to Take Control,
November 22, 1978, Washington Post, AP Photo Gale Robinson, sits by casket of son,
November 25, 1978, Washington Post, page A-1, Tragedy Numbs Survivors' Emotions; 370 More Bodies found at Cult Camp in Guyana; A Week of Tragedy in Guyana Dulls Survivors' Emotions, by Fred Barbash
November 26, 1978, Washington Post, Toll Reaches 910 As U.S. Clears Jonestown Camp, by Fred Barbash,
November 26, 1978, Washington Post, Jonestown Story Grew Uglier With Each Chapter, by Leonard Downie Jr.,
November 27,1978, Washington Post, Suicides Called 'Punishment,' by Karen DeYoung,
November 28, 1978, Washington Post, U.S. Officials Are Not Probing Death of Rev. Jones, by Alice Bonner,
November 28, 1978, Washington Post, U.S. Officials Are Not Probing Death of Rev. Jones, by Alice Bonner,
November 28, 1978, Washington Post, Nixon: Jones Offered ‘Something to Believe In,’ by Ronald Koven,
November 29, 1978, Washington Post, Some Cult Members Suspicious of ‘Defector’, by Paul Grabowica,
November 29, 1978, Washington Post, Uncertainty Surrounds Survivors of Johnstown, by Warren Brown,
November 29, 1978, Washington Post, Opinion, Jonestown: ‘The Dark Impulses That Lurk in Every Private Psyche’, by Meg Greenfield,
November 29, 1978, Washington Post, page A-18, Jonestown Survivors Begin Trip Home, by Leonard Downie Jr.,
November 30, 1978, Washington Post, page A22, Black Rabbi Symbolizes Guyana’s Attitude Toward Cults, by Fred Barbash,
November 30, 1978, Washington Post, U.S. Stymied in Jonestown probe, by Charles A. Krause,
November 30, 1978, Washington Post, ‘Explaining’ Jonestown to the Children, by Coliman McCarthy,
December 1, 1978, Washington Post, What the Media did…by Charles Seib,
December 4, 1978, Washington Post, Jonestown Physician Said to Mix Poison Described as Sadist,
December 9, 1978, Washington Post, Jones' Tape of 'White Night' Reveals Dissent to Suicides, by Leonard Downie, Jr.,
December 14, 1978, Washington Post, Cultist Jones Did Not Order Attack,
December 18, 1978, Washington Post, Jones Reportedly Wooed GOP as Early as 1968,
December 21, 1978, Washington Post, Jonestown: On the Literary Trail to Paradise, by John E. Meyer,
December 22, 1978, Washington Post, Cults Get Millions on Tax Dollars, Inquiries Show, by John Berthelsen,
December 23, 1978, Washington Post, Guyanese Panel Rules All but 2 Were Murdered, by Charles A. Krause,
January 29, 1979, Washington Post, FBI Has Copy of Cult's Radio Order To Kill, by Charles A. Krause,



What's with cameraman Bob Brown getting up so close to Jim Jones like he's getting a baseline inner-ear wax report. If I were sitting with my arms folded tightly against my chest as an indicator that I was growing frustrated or angry, and somebody started buzzing around in my peripheral vision I'd let loose with a string of the seven words we can't say on television.

Since we're told the attackers at the Port Kaituma air strip seemed to target individuals mafia rubout-style, and reports had later emerged indicating the NBC crew had gotten under Jones' skin during his interview for a seed of motive to be planted that justified summary execution for rudeness, I wondered, if this wasn't a pas de deux in that direction. If nothing else, it's one in the endless stream of examples in which the are narrators are getting narrated upon in a too obviously direct fashion.

But a better explanation of what's going on is found in this bit of snark Charles A. Krause wrote:

I was sitting right next to Jones and I remembered something Grace Stoen, a former Peoples Temple member by whom Jones claimed to have fathered a son, had told me. She told me Jones, for all his insistence that he was a caring, unselfish man, was in fact incredibly vain and power hungry.

"Just look at his sideburns," she said. "He fills them with eye liner." I was curious.

It was true.

Suddenly, as I was staring at Jones' sideburns, his demeanor turned. I didn't hear the question he had just been asked, but the answer, I thought, was revealing: "Threat, threat, threat of extinction!" he raged. "I wish I wasn't born, at times. I understand hate, love and hate. They are very close."

"They can have me," he said. "On many ways I feel like I'm dying. I've never felt this way before."
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November 22, 1978, Washington Post, Indianapolis to Guyana- A Jim Jones Chronology,




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November 22, 1978, Washington Post, New Violence Is Feared Despite Heavy Security,


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November 22, 1978, Washington Post, Zablocki Unit Working to Finish Probe Begun by Ryan, by T.E. Reid,


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November 22, 1978, Washington Post, page A-16, After Guyana Violence, Army Moves to Take Control,






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November 22, 1978, Washington Post - AP, Relatives Wait To Know Fate Of Loved Ones,




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November 28, 1978, Washington Post, U.S. Officials Are Not Probing Death of Rev. Jones, by Alice Bonner,




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November 29, 1978, Washington Post, Some Cult Members Suspicious of ‘Defector’, by Paul Grabowica,


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November 29, 1978, Washington Post, Uncertainty Surrounds Survivors of Johnstown, by Warren Brown,

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November 29, 1978, Washington Post, page A-18, Jonestown Survivors Begin Trip Home, by Leonard Downie Jr.,


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November 22, 1978, Washington Post, A-16, "After Guyana Violence, Army Moves To Take Control"




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November 28, 1978, Washington Post, U.S. Officials Are Not Probing Death of Rev. Jones, by Alice Bonner,



November 30, 1978, Washington Post, page A22, Black Rabbi Symbolizes Guyana’s Attitude Toward Cults, by Fred Barbash,


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November 30, 1978, Washington Post, U.S. Stymied in Jonestown probe, by Charles A. Krause,


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December 2, 1978, Washington Post, 35 Jonestown Survivors to Fly Home,

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Dec. 1--About half the remaining 72 American survivors of the Jonestown Peoples Temple mass murder-suicide were cleared today to return to the United States this weekend. Guyana's assistant police commissioner said. Cecil A. Roberts estimated that 35 persons would be allowed to go home, but, said he was still working on the list of those not wanted as suspects or material witnesses in the Nov. 18 deaths of more than 900 Americans.

Meanwhile, a four-man FBI team joined an investigation here into the murder of Rep. Leo J. Ryan (D-Calif.) that preceded the mass deaths. The U.S. Embassy said the team comprised technical experts who will examine evidence collected so far. The Guyana government: said that one of the FBI experts will assist local police. The embassy also reported the arrival of State Department lawyer.

Eight elderly survivors of the mass deaths already have been allowed to return to the United States because of their age.

Stepney Kibble, a U.S. Embassy spokesman, said he had not been officially informed and was not sure if the survivors would return by commercial airliner or military plane.

The spokesman said many would have to be released before a military , flight could be requested. Kibble said the penniless survivors had to sign promissory notes for the cost of their transportation.

Two of the surviving have been charged with murder. Charles F. Beikman is to appear at a preliminary hearing Monday on charges of murdering a cultist and her three children at the Georgetown cult headquarters.

Charged with the earlier murder in the killings of Ryan, three newsmen and a disaffected cultist is Larry Layton of San Francisco. The congressman was investigating reports that the cult leader, the Rev. Jim Jones, was holding some cultists against their will at the commune, about 150 miles northwest of here.

The embassy's second-in-command. Richard, A. Dwyer, 45, is back at his desk, his body still carrying the bullet fired at him by the cultists who killed Ryan.

"It hurts more now than it did when I was shot," he said, sitting down ' gingerly. Doctors decided to leave the bullet lodged near his pelvis. He had escorted the Ryan party to the Jonestown camp when the group was attacked Nov. 18.
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