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Guyana Incident #496733

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 21, 1978
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(Studio) Situation at Jonestown, Guyana, scene of mass murder/suicide, noted; is reported that unknown number of Americans from compound remain missing in jungle. United States military personnel preparations to bring victims back to US stated.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Jonestown, Guyana) Description of scene in Jonestown given. Death scenes shown. Most of cult leader Jim Jones' followers noted to have died by cyanide poisoning, having drunk mixture of poison and Kool-Aid. [MAN - describes scene.] Plans to fly over jungle in copters with loudspeakers, telling survivors it's safe to come out, reported (Studio) Guyanese officials' request that United States remove bodies for burial, after 1st agreeing to bury them in Guyana, reported.
REPORTER: Fred Francis, John Chancellor

(Georgetown, Guyana) Air Force plans for evacuating bodies from Jonestown noted. Arrival of Air National Guard supply planes and Army personnel in Georgetown reported.
REPORTER: Bob Jimenez

(Studio) Details given of remarks by Jonestown survivor Odell Rhodes with regard to Jim Jones' reason for ordering mass murder/suicide. Jones' alleged plan to have cultist pose as defector and when Representative Leo Ryan's plane was in air, shoot pilot, outlined. Expected investigations of incident noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) FBI investigation into shooting of Representative Leo Ryan detailed. Possibility that any cult survivors who participated in ambush could be prosecuted in US, if Guyana extradited them, outlined.
REPORTER: Carl Stern

(Studio) Remains of Ryan, NBC newsman Don Harris and Bob Brown and "San Francisco" "Examiner" photographer Greg Robinson reported returned to US.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(No location given) Arrival of Air Force plane carrying remains in San Francisco after stop in Georgia where Harris' body was returned to home state, noted. Funeral arrangements for Ryan, whose services will be held Wednesday at All Souls' Catholic Church in San Francisco, outlined. Return to Los Angeles of remains of Brown and Robinson reported.
REPORTER: Bill Sternoff

(Studio) Upcoming Segment 3 report outlined.

Reporter(s):
Chancellor, John;
Jimenez, Bob;
Francis, Fred;
Stern, Carl;
Sternoff, Bill
Duration:
00:06:50

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