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Guyana Incident #255572

CBS Evening News for Monday, Nov 20, 1978
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(Studio) Guyanan troops' discovery of bodies of as many as 400 persons in jungle compound there noted; all dead reported believed to be members of religious cult, Peoples Temple. Most of dead said believed to have committed suicide by poison, but as many as 1/4 may have been murdered. Discovery of this occurrence stated to come in wake of Saturday's ambush by members of cult on nearby airstrip, in which 5 persons were killed. Among those killed are reported to be Representative Leo Ryan and 3 American newsmen. Ryan's investigation of cult, run by American Jim Jones, mentioned. Rptd. discovery of bodies of Jones and family at Guyana compound, called Jonestown, cited. Survivor of ambush noted to be NBC News soundman Steven Sung, who was flown to Andrews Air Force Base for treatment of wounds recd.; his news conference today mentioned. Films shown. [SUNG - describes experience, include shootings of Ryan, NBC newsman Don Harris and NBC cameraman Bob Brown. Says life was probably saved because wounded arm was near head, he didn't move after being shot and gunmen apparently thought him dead.]
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

Mudd, Roger

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