CBS Evening News for Monday, Nov 20, 1978
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(Studio) Pentagon plans to send copters and medical teams to Guyana to help in removal of dead from cult's commune noted.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(DC) Details of Pentagon plans to aid evacuation of dead given. Some men and equipment reported to be going from Panama, others possibly from Fort Benning, Georgia, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Eglin AFB, Florida. Defense Department film shown. Copters to be used said to be mostly HU-10's, or Huey's, used for medical evacuations in Vietnam. Plans for helicopter shuttle between Georgetown, Guyana, and jungle commune outlined. Possible use of larger airstrip near commune for landing of military cargo planes stated. Guyana troops reported to be providing security for operation.
REPORTER: Ike Pappas
(Studio) Peoples Temple reported little known outside north California. Attempted warnings about cult from friends and family of members noted.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Los Angeles, California) Requests for help last year from officials in Washington, DC by families of people in Jim Jones' commune detailed. Case of California psychologist Steve Katsaris, whose daughter was in Jonestown, described. His visits to Vice President Walter Mondale's office and State Department and eventually to Guyana outlined; Katsaris' return to again request help from Mondale's office and State Department reported Reasons given for officials' refusal to give aid noted. Letter claiming human rights violations drawn up in April, 1978, by relatives of people in Guyana and sent to Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and 5 other State Department officials described; is stated that attached to letter was affidavit of former temple member Yolanda District Attorney Crawford, who was one of last to get out of Guyana, in June, 1977. Later documents sent from relatives of Jonestown residents to Vance and to Guyana Prime Min. Forbes Burnham, listing death threats, suicide pacts and brainwashing, reported State Department report on interviews of Jonestown residents, who said they knew nothing of allegations and Katsaris' statement of belief that daughter committed suicide with group mentioned.
REPORTER: Bill Stout
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