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Guyana Incident #51765

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 21, 1978
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(Studio) United States and Guyanese decisions about removal and burial of victims of mass murder/suicide in Peoples Temple compound in Guyana noted. Plans for military airlift reported. Continued efforts to identify dead and find survivors stated. Georgetown mentioned.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Georgetown, Guyana) Film of death scene in Jonestown shown. "Washington Post" reporter Charles Krause noted to have been in compound. (Temporary audio loss.) [KRAUSE - describes death scene. Had seen many victims and talked to some when in compound 2 days before deaths. Describes poison still in vat. States own view of reasons for deaths.] Mil. contingent's preparations for possible shipment of bodies to US reported. Information learned about 2 options being considered by United States given; rapid decomposition of bodies said to cause dilemma over whether to bury dead in Guyana or ship them to US. Heavy guard at house in Georgetown where 46 members of cult, not at death site at time of murder/suicides, stay reported. Denunciation of Reverend Jim Jones by his son, cult member Stephan Jones, reported. [JONES - sees father as fascist.]
REPORTER: Bernard Shaw

(DC) Report on situation with Guyana task force at State Department. [WOMAN - discusses with telephone caller identification process at Jonestown.] Question of whether disaster could have been avoided noted. Former US consul to Guyana, Rich McCoy, reported to have been in Peoples Temple compound 3 times. [McCOY - says all individuals he talked to in private conversations denied allegations of maltreatment. Always told cult members that if they wanted to leave, they could go at that time. Always went to compound in Guyana government vehicle, accompanied by Guyana government official, so wasn't at mercy of Temple people for transportation.] Is said that not 1 of 40-50 interviewed by McCoy took his offer to get them out.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

(Studio) Return to Los Angeles of remains of slain NBC cameraman Bob Brown and "San Francisco Examiner" photographer Greg Robinson and to San Francisco of remains of Representative Leo Ryan reported Films shown. Fear inspired in Peoples Temple members by leader Jim Jones noted to continue among those in San Francisco who were associated with movement in past.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(San Francisco, California) Mike Cartmell noted to be former son-in-law of Jim Jones and former Temple official. [CARTMELL - believes attacks on life will be made. Discusses funds available to Temple assassination team.] James Cobb reported to be former Temple official and eyewitness to attack in Guyana. [COBB - says anyone who tried to expose Jones should be concerned.] Police guards posted at various locations related to Temple described, include SWAT team at Berkeley. FBI involvement in case due to assassination of Ryan stated. [FBI Chas McKINNON - outlines FBI cooperation with local law enforcement officials in event of need to provide certain people with protection.] [CARTMELL - says that if his obituary is seen, death won't have been accidental or suicide.]
REPORTER: Irv Chapman

(Studio) Jim Jones's political contacts in United States noted; his attempts to connect self with national figs. outlined. Jones' contact with Mrs. Rosalynn Carter in 1976 presidential campaign reported Her comments on that meeting mentioned; film shown. [Mrs. CARTER - describes one meeting with Jones. Doesn't understand how anyone, religious fanatic or not, could commit such acts.]
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Reporter(s):
Chapman, Irv;
Koppel, Ted;
Reynolds, Frank;
Shaw, Bernard
Duration:
00:08:10

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