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Guyana Incident #496848

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 29, 1978
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(Studio) Departure for United States of survivors of Jonestown, Guyana, mass murder/suicide reported; other cult members leaving country with survivors said not to have been at camp.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Guyana) Survivor Hyacinth Thrash noted to have followed Jim Jones from original church in Indianapolis to California and then to Guyana; her comments to reporter given. Is reported that soldiers found her guarding body of sister, Zapora. Survivor Grover Davis said to have been in Jonestown only 2 mos. [DAVIS - says people were already dying when he ran. Ran because he didn't believe in death ritual. Doesn't believe in Jones any more.] Other Peoples Temple members leaving Guyana reported to have lived in headquarters in Georgetown. Confusion between United States and Guyanese govts. in some cases stated; complaints from cultists about United States embassy and embassy's response given. Reactions of cultists to events described. [Raymond GODSHALK - doesn't have permanent plans now.] Signing of promissory notes to US government for plane tickets to states by those members without funds to buy own tickets cited. Remaining members noted to be under informal house arrest in Guyana, awaiting information on whether they'll be needed for trials, be chgd. themselves or allowed to go home.
REPORTER: Andrea Mitchell

(Studio) Scheduled arrival of cultists at NYC's Kennedy Airport reported Planned questioning of them by FBI and customs agents stated.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Mitchell, Andrea

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