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RYMUR Sec. 24: Airport Shooting Narratives; "Eyewitness Accounts"

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"Ronnie Dennis" jonestown

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page G
In view of attempt to limit this initial report to the actual assault and murder of Congressman Leo J. Ryan, a large volume of records, interviews and information currently in possession of FBI is not being included in this report.

page 1-6
Gun inventory
page 1
Specimens received from [redacted] on December 2, 1978:
Q1 Four pieces of shot from Patricia Park
Q2-Q4 Two bullets and a lead fragment from Leo J. Ryan
Q8 Bullet from Don Harris
Q9-Q10 Two bullets from Monica Bagby
Q11-Q17 Five .380 Auto cartridge cases and two .303 Winchester caliber cartridge cases from Kaituma airstrip

page 7-11
Ryan's Autopsy Report
[barely legible]

page 13-17
Gun inventory

page 18-21
Flight itinerary

page 22-24
Interview [redacted but obviously Jackie Speiers]

page 50-62
interview San Francisco Inter. Airport.

page 63-69
telephone interview 11/19/78

page 70-77
Interview 11/20/78

page 78-91
Interview with Kennedy arrival 12/21/78, PanAn Fl. 228

page 92-103
Interview with Kennedy arrival 12/21/78

page 104-133
Interview with Kennedy arrival 12/21/78

page 134-149
Interview 11/25/78 & 11/27/78

page 150-164
Interview 11/27/78 & 11/28/78

Interview with Kennedy arrival 12/21/78

page 184-196
Interview with [female] Kennedy arrival 12/21/78

page 197-205
Interview with [female] Kennedy arrival 12/21/78

page 206-218
Interview with [female] Kennedy arrival

page 219-236
Interview with Kennedy arrival 12/21/78

page 237-253
Interview with Kennedy arrival 12/21/78

page 254-273
Interview with Kennedy arrival 12/21/78

Interview with [female] Kennedy arrival 12/21/78

292- 312
Interview with Kennedy arrival 12/21/78

page 313
Mark Lane delivers a 49 page typescript diary in lieu of an extemporaneous exchange with authorities. [copy]

page 363-374
FBI Interview: Charles Garry

page 375-385
Interview with Ron Javers

page 386-388

page 389-399
[name redacted] Account

page 400-45
[name redacted] Account

page 406-411
[name redacted] Account

page 412-416
[name redacted] Account

page 417
Charles Krause refuses to make himself available to FBI debriefing.

RYMUR (Jonestown)
Bufile: 89-4286
Volume 24
363 pages Released


November 19, 1978, RYMUR 89-4286 Section 24, page 375, Interview of [Ron Javers], Andrews Air Force base medical center

page 375
Interviewed November 19, 1978, at the Malcolm Grow Medical Center, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, [redacted] born [redacted] had just flown to Andrews Air Force base from Guyana, South America, having arrived only a short time previous. [redacted] telephone [redacted] he has been so employed since January 22, 1978. The first knowledge he had of his assignment to travel to Guyana was on Thursday afternoon, November 9, 1978, when he was assigned to travel there by [redacted] He said this came about on the assumption [redacted] who has written a number of stories about the Peoples Temple, would not be permitted to take the trip. He explained that the [redacted] had just learned at that time of a trip planned by congressman Leo J. Ryan from California to travel with a party to Guyana.

page 377, Javers
 A sergeant Rudder, a local Guyanese constable, and his deputy met them at Port Kaituma. Rudder said that he had instructions that only Sharon Amos could proceed to Jonestown, however, Amos was back at Georgetown and not a current member of the party. [redacted] Sharon Amos as being a current member and leader of 50 to 60 people living in a house in Georgetown where supplies were received by the Peoples Temple and subsequently forwarded to the Peoples Temple in Jonestown.  Attorneys Lane and Garry could not understand Rudder's orders and some members of the Peoples Temple. about five or six, arrived on a red tractor

page 378
[redacted] Congressman Ryan as he wanted to see parts of Jonestown for himself. Adter a conference with Attorneys Lane and Garry, an agreement was reached that the media could roam around the grounds, He was subsequently refused entry into the "Jane Pittman House" on the basis they wanted to protect the privacy of the people inside who were elderly. He said he believed the actual reason was because the women occupants of the home were packed in "like sardines" and that there were 65 people stacked in beds there.

page 379
[redacted] before the truck in which

page 380
he was riding pulled away from Jonestown to drive to the airport, a Negro male got onto the truck and clung to the side of it staring at him. A female temple member inside the truck identified this individual as being Joe Wilson. [redacted] Wilson's wife and child had left Jonestown earlier that day trying to make their way to Port Kaituma. Wilson rode all the way out to the airstrip on this truck with them.

At the airport, Congressman Ryan, Dick Dwyer, Deputy Chief of Missions of the U.S. Embassy at Guyana and others were frisking people to make certain they did not have firearms before boarding the airplanes. Larry Layton, whom he described as pale and "hyper" said he had to get on the first plane, referring to the small plane. Ryan was on one side of the small plane and Layton apparently went to the other side and climbed into the plane.

page 381
[redacted] he described as a truck and a tractor with the truck partially concealing the tractor, drive over to the area where they were congregated, This was during the period of time that they were still milling around and frisking people.

Subsequently, approximately three to five males came walking over swiftly from the direction of the truck and tractor and Joe Wilson was one of them. [redacted]then standing beside the larger airplane [redacted] saw several people coming at him armed with rifles. He was then standing by [redacted] the airplane. Bob Brown, the NBC cameraman, was nearby filming this sequence of events. Firing commenced [redacted] fell to the ground and moved behind the airplane for protection as did Bob Brown. He was trying to take cover behind the airplane  tire and he heard additional shots, He said the shooting possibly lasted five minutes or less. [redacted] looked behind. He saw Don Harris of NBC trying to get behind the tire of the plane, as was Congressman Ryan, He heard later another individual was also trying to get behind the tire for protection. He saw Bob Brown lying on the ground and believed he was hit, but not dead as his body was moving some. He also saw Don Harris on the ground with his body moving and believed him to still be alive. An unknown individual then came up and placed his rifle by the head of Don Harris and fired, administering what he called the "coup de grace". Either this same individual or another individual did the same thing to Bob Brown, both of whom were on the ground.

[redacted] was then possibly 10 to 15 yards away and who had been trying to make up his mind as to whether to play dead or run for it, then decided to run. He got up and ran across the airplane field into a tropical rain forest area. He ran into this dense undergrowth as fat as he could. He had a camera bag, which he dropped on the runway and he dropped his Nikon camera in the swampy area as he went into it.

page 382
[redacted] He saw a pasture, which he proceeded through, and subsequently, he made his way around the perimeter of the airport. He then saw people and recognized among them [redacted]. He went over to them. He said this was possibly 4:30 p.m.

He observed that the larger twin engine Otter plane was disabled as the tires had been shot out. The small plane managed to take off and he was told that it had one passenger, a female temple dropout member. He was not certain as to when the small plane took off, but understood it summoned help. 

[redacted] heard from several people there, including one of the dropouts, possibly Dale Parks, that Larry Layton got into the small airplane. Layton

page 383
Layton was detained by other Guyanese civilian males.

Layton as a white male, age 25-30, 5'6" to 5'7", 140-150 pounds, with short curly hair and "spacy" looking.

page 385
Jim Bogue and family, except for one daughter, who chose to remain in Guyana and from Harold Cordell, who has been a member of the Peoples Temple for 25 years and was former head of the temple security in California. Cordell went to Guyana about eight to twelve months previous when the Jones group did, however, he fell into disfavor with Jones and had decided to leave and was attempting to leave and was at the airport at the time of the shooting.

[redacted] the shooting actually commenced about 4:15 p. m. on Saturday, November 18, 1978 and that the shooting sounded like pops or small arms fire primarily to him, He did not know where Jackie Speiers was during the shooting. He recalled that when their plane evacuating the wounded departed Guyana that some of the more seriously wounded got off the plane at San Juan, Included among those people was Anthony Katsaris, Concerned Relative member who was shot up, as was his father, Steve Katsaris. Beverly Oliver, a Negro female, age about 47, and a member of the Concerned Relatives group had her ankle taped. Her husband, Howard, age 57, who was in the Concerned group there, had remained behind at Georgetown while the others went to Jonestown and they were evacuated as he apparently had a stroke and according to medical personnel, needed help immediately.

[redacted] never interviewed by anyone connected with the Guyanese government concerning this shootingat the airport.


November 26, 1978, The State, page A1, Delay Is Expected In Return of Cultists, by Herb Frazier, 
November 28, 1978, San Francisco Chronicle, Guyana Mercy Mission Ends -- FBI to Question Survivors, 
November 28, 1978, November 28, 1978, The Tribune, Oakland / AP, Decision on return of survivors,
November 29, 1978, S.F. Examiner, 7 survivors barely make flight home, by John Jacobs, Examiner Staff, 
November 29, 1978, Herald Examiner, Los Angeles, CA, Guyanese To Reveal Plans For Mass Suicide Survivors, 
Los Angeles Times, Even In Death: Jim Jones Haunts Them, 

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