CBS Evening News for Friday, Nov 16, 1979
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(Studio) Jonestown massacre last Thanksgiving wkend. recalled.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Jonestown, Guyana) Films of massacre scene shown; Jonestown revisited. Sign above Jim Jones chair, quoting George Santayana, noted. Jones' ability to mesmerize followers examined in old films; one provided by KPIX-TV, San Francisco. [JONES - says he's peace, justice, god.] Only survivor noted dog; Guyanese government said unable to decide fate of community; lack of investigation despite murder of United States cong., Leo Ryan, said possibly due to his unpopularity among colleagues. Justice Department reaction to incident outlined; information involving affair said remaining sealed and classified. Ambassador John Burke noted refusing interview Attorney Charles Garry's defense of Peoples Temple recalled. [GARRY - says he may have been blinded due to his belief in socialist system.] Attorney Mark Lane's allegations that Federal Communications Commission was out to destroy Jonestown heard in tape played from October 1978; Lane said refusing interview. [JONES - performs "miracle cure."] Collapse of Temple after Jonestown massacre and psychological effect on Temple followers noted. [Archie IMES - comments.] Common grave in Oakland for Jonestown victims said visited only twice during year; survivor Tim Carter reported allegedly told by Jones to carry out revenge attacks. Lack of evidence for such cited. [CARTER - comments.] Steve Kitsaris said leading concerned relatives re: Jonestown; loss of his daughter in slaughter reported [KITSARIS - comments.]
REPORTER: Steve Young