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Guyana Incident #255593

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 21, 1978
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(Studio) United States military personnel presence in Guyana to begin task of removing bodies of Peoples Temple members who were victims of mass murder/suicide noted. Cult members who ran into jungle during disaster reported beginning to reemerge and others being sought.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Georgetown, Guyana) Description of scene at Jonestown given. Methods of taking cyanide poison by those who committed suicide noted. Discoveries of money, Social Security checks, jewelry and passports in compound detailed. Reports of autopsy on body of cult founder Jim Jones mentioned. Jones' son Stephan reported to have left commune for basketball game prior to murder/suicides; young Jones' news conference statements described. [JONES - can almost say he hates cult leader because leader destroyed everything son has lived for. Is deeply grieved over mother's death, not so much over father's.] Paula Evans said described as exile from commune who was forced to leave child behind. [EVANS - doesn't know where child is.] Guyanese police provision of protective custody for members of Peoples Temple cited; arrest of cult member identified as Tim Carter noted.
REPORTER: David Dick

(Studio) State Department report that Guyana has asked United States to remove bodies from country rather than bury them there stated. Experience of United States attys. Mark Lane and Charles Garry, who repd. Jones and Peoples Temple, while held under armed guard at Jonestown during and after attack at airstrip described; is noted that attys. were witnesses to suicide decision. Film shown of Lane's news conference on Monday in Georgetown, Guyana. [LANE - describes what attys. heard of group's discussion of death, include Jim Jones' statements. Had talked in other visits with 2 men who guarded them; recalls conversation with them just before murder/suicides. Wondered if 2 were doped in some way because of their attitude. Describes his and Garry's escape from compound and last sounds they heard from there. Mentions earlier discussion about Martin Luther King with one guard.]
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter;
Dick, David
Duration:
00:06:00

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