ABC Evening News for Thursday, Nov 23, 1978
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(Studio) New questions concerning murders and suicides involving Peoples Temple cult in Guyana noted; questions reported concern whether or not cult leader Jim Jones is dead and how many cultists escaped into jungle. Arrival of 1st bodies from mass murder/suicide, at Dover, DE, air force base stated.
REPORTER: Max Robinson
(Dover AFB, DE) Details given about arrival of remains; plans for families to claim them stated. [MAN - prays.] Scheduled arrival on Friday of alleged body of cult leader Jim Jones noted. Cult defectors' beliefs that Jones used double in suicide and is himself still alive reported Pathologists' plans to examine body alleged to be Jones and FBI plans to have fingerprint experts exam. body mentioned.
REPORTER: George Strait
(Studio) Jones' practice of having doubles impersonate him noted as reason for skepticism of cult defectors that leader is dead and for government plans to identify body alleged to be Jones. Wayne Pietila reported to have been double for Jones at one time; Pietila said to now be in San Francisco. Film shown, courtesy "Good Morning America." [PIETILA - describes impersonation of Jones during mtgs. in eastern of US; says others can attest that people thought him to be Jones.] Other facts leading t,o speculation that Jones or other Peoples Temple members escaped from compound given. Attorney Mark Lane's continued insistence that he saw at least 800 people in camp stated. Contd. uncertainty about number of survivors, if any, cited.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(Georgetown, Guyana) Details given about conflicting facts and reports about no. of people who were living in Jonestown. Peoples Temple member Clare Muchnich Janaro reported to be in Guyana looking for children, who were in Jonestown. [Mrs. JANARO - doesn't know where children are. Says only about 1/4 of dead have been identified. Says there were 800 people or more in Jonestown. States feelings about situation. Calls Jones insane and says followers didn't listen to people who tried to warn them because they knew of good Jones had done. Asks why Marines who fought in Vietnam jungles aren't out there hunting for survivors in Guyana jungle.] US mil. official's comment that looking for survivors in jungles isn't part of mission now quoted.
REPORTER: Bernard Shaw
(Studio) FBI involvement in situation detailed. Claims by cult defectors in US that woman named Terry J. Buford is mastermind of alleged assassination team stated. Peoples Temple spokesperson in San Francisco reported to deny existence of any such squad.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
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