CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 21, 1978
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(Studio) Report on defectors from Peoples Temple.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Berkeley, California) Gathering of relatives and former members of cult at center for former members in Berkeley noted; their fear that relatives in Jonestown are among dead and apprehension that cult assassins might try to kill defectors stated. Former cult member Micki Touchette's trip to Guyana out of concern for relatives in camp reported [TOUCHETTE - describes US amb. to Guyana John Richard Burke's statements of his inability to get her into compound, due to Privacy Act, though he was told of Jim Jones' repeated mass suicide threats.] James Cobb Junior and sister reported to have relatives in Jonestown; his escape from airport massacre mentioned. [COBB - prefers to bury own dead; thinks effort should be made to get bodies back.] Cult defectors' reports that Jones often used doubles, men made up to look like him, stated. Their professions that they'll believe in Jones' death only on seeing body reported.
REPORTER: Harold Dow
(Studio) Report on return to United States of remains of 4 Americans killed Saturday
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Burlingame, California) Air Force plane's return of remains of 4 Americans to US detailed. NBC News reporter Don Harris' body reported taken to home state of Georgia, that of Representative Leo. Ryan to San Francisco and those of NBC News cameraman Bob Brown and "San Francisco Examiner" photographer Greg Robinson to Los Angeles. Funeral services plans for victims given. Background on Ryan and reasons for investigating Peoples Temple commune in Guyana outlined. Brown's wife Connie mentioned.
REPORTER: David Dow
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