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Guyana Incident / Peoples Temple / House of Israel #255679

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 28, 1978
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(Studio) State Department report that 1st survivors of mass murder/suicides of Peoples Temple cult in Jonestown, Guyana, are scheduled to arrive in Charleston, SC, on Wednesday noted. FBI agents' plans to question survivors stated. Guyana Prime Min. Forbes Burnham's meeting with cabinet to decide fate of Jonestown compound reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Jonestown, Guyana) Conditions in Jonestown at present described. Reporter reads excerpts from letters written to Jones from cult members
REPORTER: David Dick

(Studio) Secret Service statement reported that it is investigating reports that Peoples Temple plans to attempt assassinations of top-ranking US officials. Report concerns recipients of Temple wealth if organization disbands.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(San Francisco, California) Details given about Temple's assets and estimates of their worth stated. Alternatives suggested for disposing of assets mentioned. [Temple attorney Charles GARRY - proposes dividing assets among surviving mbrs.]
REPORTER: Harold Dow

(Studio) Report is on another cult in Guyana, run by man from Cleveland, Ohio, who is wanted on chgs. of blackmail, income tax evasion and mail fraud. Cult is called House of Israel.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Georgetown, Guyana) Details given about House of Israel, led by Rabbi Edward Emmanuel Washington. Washington reported to have been born David Hill, in Nashville, Arkansas; his teaching that blacks were original Jews and that Christianity has been their oppressor through ages stated. members of cult noted to be all Guyanese. [WASHINGTON - speaks to people about letting someone decide to commit suicide or perhaps cult can help him.] Concern of many over Washington's preaching in this manner over radio each week reported Washington's claims about cult outlined. Cult's ties to Prime Min. Forbes Burnham described. [WASHINGTON - says followers would do anything he asked. Wouldn't ask them to commit suicide.] Washington's conviction and sentencing on chgs. of corporation fraud in United States mentioned.
REPORTER: Steve Young

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter;
Dick, David;
Dow, Harold;
Young, Steve
Duration:
00:08:30

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