Monday, October 7, 2013

Stephanie Lynn Jones







February 7, 1979, Wilmington Morning Star - AP, page 10C, Cult member to be tried in slayings,





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November 20, 1978, San Francisco Chronicle, Mystery Death of People's Temple Aide,
November 20, 1978, San Francisco Examiner, Price of her faith: 4 lives; Mother kills 3 kids, self, by Paul Shinoff,
November 23, 1978, The Oakland Tribune, by Steve Lopez, A reunion before Guyana massacre,
November 24, 1978, San Francisco Examiner, One of the first Guyana victims, by Annie Nakao,
November 25, 1978, San Francisco Examiner, Death count rises to 900; Final toll in Guyana; Jones follower charged with four murders,
November 27, 1978, Ukiah Daily Journal – UPI, page 2, Charleston awaits the arrival of Jonestown survivors,
November 27, 1978, Chicago Tribune, page 6, Once well liked, quiet boy now a murder suspect‎, by George de Lama and Joseph Geshwiler,
November 28, 1978, New York Times, page A12, First Cultists Freed, but Many Expected to Be Held, by Joseph B. Treaster,
December 1, 1978, Windsor Star - Star Wire Services, page 33, Two Instant Books On Sale 1 2 Days After Jonestown‎,
December 1, 1978, New York Times - Reuters, Writs Granted in Guyana,
December 4, 1978, The Day - AP, page 7, Cultist accused of aiding mother slay her children, by Lew Wheaton,
December 4, 1978, Ukiah Daily Journal – UPI, page 1, Pilot won’t take survivors without FBI guard,
December 5, 1978, New York Daily News - UPI, page 32, Arraign ex-marine in 4 slayings,
December 5, 1978, New York Times, page B-11, A Cult Mother Led Children To Death; Witnesses, Initially Unaware of Plans for Suicides, Tell of the Guyana Deaths, by Joseph Treaster,
December 5, 1978, The Evening Independent - UPI, page 3A, Peoples Temple: Prosecutor Says Fellow Cultist Helped Woman Kill Her 3 Children, Then Herself,
December 5, 1978, Washington Post - UPI, page A-14, Guyana Suspect Mute in Court,
December 5, 1978, The Galveston Daily News – UPI, page A10, Peoples Temple Member Silent At Hearings On Charges He Killed 4,
December 5, 1978, The Free Lance-Star - AP, page 1, Papers tell of tricks by cultists, by Peter Arnett, AP Special Correspondent,
December 5, 1978,The Daily Item, [Sumter, S.C.] - AP, Prosecutor Says Cult Member Held Kids For Mother To Kill, by Lew Wheaton,
December 5, 1978, The Montreal Gazette, Letters, page 8, 'Government should act to protect children in cults',
December 5, 1978, The Montreal Gazette – AP/UPI, page 17, Cult man faces murder charge,
December 5, 1978, The Montreal Gazette – AP, page 17, 8,000 would obey death order says cult leader,
December 5, 1978, The Montreal Gazette, page 67, Lawyer for People's Temple won’t give Vermont speech, by Doug Camilli,
December 5, 1978, The Free Lance-Star- AP, page 15, Cultist denies role in killing family, by Lew Wheaton,
December 5, 1978, Indiana Evening Gazette - AP, page 1, Alaska’s Sen. Stevens Survives Air Crash; Wife, Others Killed,
December 5, 1978, Indiana Evening Gazette - AP, page 6, By Romancing Customs Officials, Jones’ Aides Smuggled Guns Unscrupulously,
December 5, 1978, Indiana Evening Gazette - AP, page 6, In Jonestown; Prosecutor Charges Cult Leader Killed Woman,
December 7, 1978, The Daily News [Huntington, PA] UPI, page 10, 16 More Cultists Back Home,
December 7, 1978, Bangor Daily News - UPI, page 16, More Than a Dozen Jonestown Survivors Fly To To New York From Guyana,
December 7, 1978, The Morning Record and Journal [CT] UPI, page 18, U.S. Marshall escorts planeload of cult survivors,
December 7, 1978, Adirondack Daily Enterprise - AP, Beikman accused,
December 12, 1978, Observer-Reporter - AP, Son of Cult Leader Testifies at Hearing,
December 17, 1978, Ukiah Daily Journal - UPI, page 7, Guyana Dead,December 18, 1978, Ellensburg Daily Record – UPI, Son of cult leader confesses to murders,
December 18, 1978, Ukiah Daily Journal – UPI, page 1, Stephan Jones confesses to Amos family murder,
December 18, 1978, The Milwaukee Journal - UPI, page 12, Cult Leader's Son Confesses to Murders of 4 in Guyana,
December 18, 1978, Logansport Pharos-Tribune (IN) page 1, Victims List Includes Former Local Residents,
December 19, 1978, Schenectady Gazette, Jones' Son Admits Killing Cult Official, Her 3 Children, by C. De Florimonte,
December 20, 1978, The Palm Beach Post – UPI, Jones Charged With Murder, Temple Head's Son Calls Confession 'Sarcasm',
December 20, 1978, Washington Post, Jones' Son Is Charged With 4 Murder Counts In Cult Throat-Slashing, By Charles A. Krause,
December 20, 1978, New York Times, 'Confession' Prompts Four Charges of Murder Against Jim Jones's Son, by David Vidal,
December 20, 1978, The Spokesman-Review – AP, page A-6, Jones charged, bank funds frozen,
December 20, 1978, Lodi News-Sentinel – UPI, Rev. Jones' son retracts story he killed follower, 3 children,

January 29, 1979, Washington Post, FBI Has Copy of Jonestown Radio Messages by Charles A Krause,
January 31, 1979, Schenectady Gazette - UPI, Jones' Daughter's Testimony Out As She Does Not Believe in God,
February 1, 1979, Virgin Islands Daily News – AP, page 4, Judge Rejects Child's Testimony On Murder,
February 2, 1979, The Roswell Daily Record (NM) UPI, page 17, Jonestown child recalls debacle,
February 2, 1979, The Oregon Bulletin - UPI, Trial reveals bloody details,
February 3, 1979, The Virgin Islands Daily News - AP, Youngster Describes Guyana Murder Scene,
February 3, 1979, Spokane Daily Chronicle – UPI, Court Ruling Due in Temple Deaths,
February 7, 1979, Lakeland Ledger, Cult Leader Son Freed,
February 7, 1979, Wilmington Morning Star - AP, page 10C, Cult member to be tried in slayings,
February 7, 1979, The Morning Record and Journal - UPI, Jones' Son Cleared Of Murder Charge by Guyanese Court,
October 13, 1979, The Star-Phoenix – New York Times, page A8, Jonestown Shunned By Superstitious Guyanese‎,
October 17, 1979, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - New York Times News Service, Guyanese Shun Jonestown Horror, [Continued page 4]
October 20, 1979, Windsor Star - New York Times News Service, page 10, Jonestown, by Joseph B. Treaster,
October 23, 1979, Virgin Islands Daily News - N.Y. Times News Service, page 4, Jonestown Now; Quiet, Deserted, by Joseph B. Treaster, [Cont. page 28 as Much Litigation Remains Legacy Of Jonestown] [Blog]
November 18, 1979, New York Times Magazine, page SM19, Jonestown; The Survivors' Story; Jonestown, by Nora Gallagher, [Bollyn]

February 27, 1980, Virgin Islands Daily News, page 4, Peoples Temple Trial Set For April 1,
March 31, 1980, Prescott Courier - AP, page 9A, Guyana Cultist Pleads Guilty,
April 1, 1980, Spokane Daily Chronicle – AP, Jonestown Death Count Admitted,
April 2, 1980, ‎Spokane Daily Chronicle - AP, page 2, Georgetown Death Count Is Delayed,
April 2, 1980, The Observer-Reporter - AP, page A-9, Cult member Pleads Guilty to Murder Charge,
April 2, 1980, Milwaukee Sentinel, Glimpses Gathered From Around The Globe,
April 2, 1980, Bangor Daily News, Cult Member Pleads Guilty, ‎
April 3, 1980, ‎The Robesonian [Lumberton, NC] page 11, Guyana Deaths Suspect Pleads Guilty To Murder,
April 7, 1980, Ukiah Daily Journal - UPI, page 17, Guyana clearing last Temple legal cases,
April 7, 1980, Reading Eagle - AP, page 17, Jonestown Cook Gets Jail Term,
April 8, 1980, The Star-Phoenix, Jonestown Suspect Draws Hard Labor,
April 9, 1980, Plattsburg Press-Republican - UPI, Cultist sentenced for Jonestown killing,
April 9, 1980, The Day - AP, page 9, Jonestown defendant given 5 years in attempted murder,
April 9, 1980, Ottawa Journal – AP, page 20, Jonestown cult follower gets 5 years hard labor,
April 9, 1980, Eugene Register-Guard - UPI, page 15B, Jones Follower Sentenced,
April 14, 1980, The Hour [CT] UPI, page 1, Cultist Gets Five Years for Attempted Murder, ‎
September 29, 1980, The Virgin Islands Daily News - CANA, Jonestown Survivor Will Not Face Murder Charges, by Sharief Khan,

July 8, 1982, Toledo Blade - AP, page 10, Wounder Of Girl, 7, In Jonestown Episode Is Freed In Guyana,
July 8, 1982, Edmonton Journal, page 11A, Cult Member Freed,
July 8, 1982, Florence Times Daily – UPI, page 23, Last Jonestown survivor freed from Guyana jail,
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Fielding M. McGehee III,
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November 20, 1978, San Francisco Chronicle, Mystery Death of People's Temple Aide,



November 20, 1978, San Francisco Chronicle, Mystery Death of People's Temple Aide,

Sharon Amos, who ran the People's Temple office in Georgetown, Guyana was found dead of knife wounds with her three dead children shortly after the killing of Congressman Leo Ryan and four others, Guyana officials reported yesterday.

The report on Amos came amid other, unconfirmed reports that some of the approximately 1100 members of the religious sect had committed suicide at their remote colony in Jonestown, and others were preparing to follow suit.

A Guyana police report said that Amos, about 40 years old, appeared to have cut the throats of her three children---Liane Harris, 21, Martin Amos, nine, and Christa Amos, ten---before killing herself, possibly by the same method, in the sect's Georgetown temple headquarters Saturday afternoon. About the same time, Ryan and his party of newsmen and others were gunned down at the Port Kaituma airstrip 150 miles away from Jonestown.

However, her former husband, Sherwin Harris, said in a telephone interview from Georgetown that he believed the killings of the three children and Amos were murder committed by somebody else.

Amos was interviewed two days before her death by Chronicle reporter Ron Javers, who was shot in the shoulder during the bloodbath at the airstrip.

Amos' house, the local headquarters for the People's Temple in the Lamaha Gardens section of Georgetown is a yellow five-bedroom frame structure occupied at times by 30 members of the sect. When...

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November 20, 1978, San Francisco Examiner, Price of her faith: 4 lives; Mother kills 3 kids, self, by Paul Shinoff,





Among the hundreds of reported suicides of Peoples Temple followers in Guyana, the death of Sharon Amos apparently was the first.
[Whatthefuck?? Why? The killing of Ryan was supposed to be the casus belli. This is Shinoff in very poor taste--since clearly Sharon Amos's three children died before her, right?]
At approximately the same time that Rep. Leo Ryan and four others were killed on an isolated landing strip near the temple's mission in Jonestown, Amos apparently slit the throats of her three children and killed herself...

Becky Jenkins, a therapist, who knew Amos from childhood.

Born Linda Silverman,

"He depended very heavily on her and used her for public relations a lot because sge came across as a very sweet and loving person."

Amos followed Jones and the dictates of his church. She changed her name from Linda to Sharon, on the orders of Jones, who declared that no woman in his church could go by her former first name.
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November 23, 1978, The Oakland Tribune, by Steve Lopez, A reunion before Guyana massacre,



He arrived in Guyana on Nov. 13 and began asking officials how he could contact his daughter in Jonestown. After a few days, he finally found her. They spent all of one day together.

Emmett Lynch, Harris' business associate
[Why is Sherwin's business associate supplying the information as intermediary, rather than assisting the reporter to get in direct contact with Mr. Harris himself, in the same way he apparently did?]
"Then the hotel manager came to him and said 'Your daughter is dead.'"
Implausible, amateurish screenwriting.
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Why were Sharon Amos's two grade-school-aged children, along with 9-year-old Stephanie Jones, in Georgetown that weekend? They should have been in the settlement where their school was located. When did the children arrive in the capital? How did they travel? (All three of the community's boats for travelling the river route were found to be out of the country when the disaster hit. Did they fly? Given the rice-and-gravy lifestyle on the farm, any trip to Georgetown would be seen as a magnificent treat, even with a census of 45 stuffing the villa. This article by an education writer makes the point of privilege quite clear

November 24, 1978, San Francisco Examiner, One of the first Guyana victims, by Annie Nakao,





by Annie Nakao, Education Writer,

teacher Gloria Davis remembered little Christa Amos as a third grader at the Dudley Stone School a year and a half ago.

Christa Amos was one of the first victims of the mass murder-suicide

Ellen Petty, a parent: "this was a public school"

Among the many temple youngsters who left for Guyana with Jones were three of his sons---two named Tim and one named Jim Jr., the school's star baseball player.

Opportunity High School, a school for students with motivational problems

The number of temple youngsters at Opportunity was estimated at 125 to 175 of 300 students in the school.

Opportunity principal Yvonne Golden
Ron Cabral, a former Opportunity teacher
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November 25, 1978, San Francisco Examiner, Death count rises to 900; Final toll in Guyana; Jones follower charged with four murders,



Examiner city editor Jim Willse, reporting from Georgetown

Spokesman Michael White [Air Force or State Dept.?]

C.A. Roberts, Guyana's assistant police commissioner, said Beikman attempted to kill Stephanie Jones, 12, because she was an eyewitness to the throat-slashings

"She was a little woman, only about 4 feet, 9 inches, and she needed help."

The deaths occurred about two hours after the mass suicides.

State Dept. spokesmen: "..And Guyana is a poor country, totally unprepared to handle anything like this."

Relatives will have to pay $450 to ship bodies to West Coast

The State Department has not decided how to solve the legal problem of death certificates, which usually are issued in the country where the deaths took place and attested to by an embassy official.

U.S. Embassy spokesman Fred Shaver said in Georgetown, "It appears the original count is seriously in error." The death count had originally been put at 409.

Said Air Force Capt. John Moscatelli, "We got into an area on a different side of the temple and found more and more bodies...bodies piled on bodies. And we figure there may be a few more."

the Enola M. Nelson Realty Co. handled the temple's property transactions. It is owned by the sister of a Peoples Temple leader. The Crestwood Escrow Service in Inglewood also was involved, a D.A.'s spokesman said.
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November 27, 1978, Ukiah Daily Journal – UPI, page 2, Charleston awaits the arrival of Jonestown survivors,


#7 Mark Cordell
#52 Harold Cordell, 43

#17 Steven Jones

[Two Tim Jones]
#23 Timothy Jones
#61 Tim Jones
#32 James Jones
#42 Stephanie Jones

#72 Hyacinth Prush

#24 Thomas Beikman, [but no Charles Edward Beikman on list (although imprisoned Larry Layton is listed misspelled)]

#60 Sherwin Harris, 19
[Is a 19-year-old Sherwin Harris not related to Sherwin Harris, Concerned Family Member, father of Liane Harris? The senior Harris's brother, in San Jose, who is anonymously quorted in previous article above, makes no mention of a sibling for Liane.]

List reordered alphabetically: 
  1. Paula Adams
  2. Sheri Monica Bagbee, 20
  3. Thomas Beikman
  4. Enid Bogue, 39
  5. Jim Bouge
  6. Julia Bogue, 31
  7. Tina Bogue, 23
  8. Tonny Bogue, 17
  9. Rosalyn Brooks
  10. Carl Burnett
  11. Michael Carter, 20
  12. Tim Carter, 28
  13. Dianne Cassanova
  14. Maryanne Cassanova
  15. Richard Clark, 28
  16. Stanley Clayton, 25
  17. John Cobb
  18. Harold Cordell, 43
  19. Mark Cordell
  20. Vowsie Lee Connesero
  21. Grover Davis, 79
  22. Calvin Douglas
  23. Julius Evans, 38
  24. Sandra Evans, 30
  25. Sharla Evans, 7
  26. Shirella Evans, 6
  27. Sonya Evans, 11
  28. Jonny Franklin, 33
  29. Raymond Godshalk
  30. Sherwin Harris, 19
  31. Aaron Hendricks
  32. Cleveland Howell
  33. Marion Ingram
  34. James Jones
  35. Stephanie Jones
  36. Steven Jones
  37. Tim Jones
  38. Timothy Jones
  39. Laura Johnson
  40. Ruby Johnspn
  41. Larry Layton, 32
  42. Diane Louieroyente, 26
  43. Alharay Latterwhite
  44. Paul McCann
  45. Guy Michelle
  46. Don Michelle
  47. Linda Michelle
  48. Christopher O'Neal, 27
  49. Beatrice Orsot
  50. Brenda Parks, 18
  51. Dale Parks, 27
  52. Edith Parks, 64
  53. Gerald Parks, 45
  54. Tracy Parks, 12
  55. Robert Paul, 33
  56. Michael Prokes, 33
  57. Hyacinth Prush, 76
  58. Joan Pursley
  59. Odel Rhodes, 33
  60. Aurora Rodriguez
  61. Mike Simon
  62. Eugene Smith
  63. Guy Spence
  64. Bobby Stroud
  65. Debra Tauchette
  66. Robin Tauchette
  67. Mike Tauchette
  68. Laflora Townes, 56
  69. Treston Wade
  70. Andria Walker
  71. Walter Williams
  72. Burrell Wilson
  73. Jakari Wilson, 3
  74. Lesley Wilson, 30
  75. Caroll Yan
  76. Vedra Yates
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November 27, 1978, Chicago Tribune, page 6, Once well liked, quiet boy now a murder suspect‎, by George de Lama and Joseph Geshwiler,
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November 28, 1978, New York Times, page A12, First Cultists Freed, but Many Expected to Be Held, by Joseph B. Treaster,


Douglas Ellice, the senior American consular officer in Georgetown

He said that they would "probably" be questioned by American authorities when they reached the United States. But he said that they might not necessarily be met by authorities as they landed.

This morning, the Government announced that the police were going to cordon the Jonestown area tomorrow and begin taking an inventory of property and documents.

At midday, with all the 909 bodies found in Jonestown removed, the Government flew more than 40 foreign correspondents to visit the devastated commune.

While American soldiers were removing the bodies, only a handful of correspondents managed to visit the site before the Government put it off limits for "health reasons."

The biggest group of cultists, more than 45, is under house arrest at the eight-bedroom villa that served as the Georgetown headquarters for the People's Temple.

While those at the Park Hotel can come and go as they like, some 40 armed soldiers and policemen, posted outside the villa and camped in one of the bedrooms, have prevented the cultist at headquarters from having visitors or leaving the grounds, except for accompanied shopping trips. Until today, the telephone had been out of order.

"At first they told us the heavy security was so we wouldn't commit suicide, which we had absolutely no intention of doing," said Paula Adams, one of the first cultist settlers in Guyana, said in a telephone interview.

"They told us today," she continued, "that they simply wanted no incident of any type."

Next Move uncertain

Miss Adams, the unmarried mother of a 2 1/2-year-old daughter who died in the tangle of bodies at Jonestown, said that she and the others "don't really know" what they want to do next, but she said she was certain they would not try to rebuild the commune.

Most of the cultists detained at the headquarters, she said, are in their 20's, but there are also children like 9-year-old Stephanie Jones, the daughter of the cult leaders son Stephan, who is also there, and a half a dozen men and woman over 60. Both Mr. De Pina and Mrs. Campbell had been held at the headquarters.
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December 1, 1978, Windsor Star - Star Wire Services, page 33, Two Instant Books On Sale 1 2 Days After Jonestown‎, Friday,



Bantam's 224-page book called The Suicide Cult is written by San Francisco Chronicle staff reporters Ron Javers and Marshall Kilduff, who were at the scene.
[First contradictory reference I've seen that Marshall Kilduff was also "at the scene" in Guyana. Look for any *casual* mentions in the record to corroborate.]
the head of the U.S. justice department's criminal division said Thursday.

Phillip Heymann said there may be little the government can do to prevent anyone from committing suicide.

Heymann was reluctant to discuss an investigation by the Secret Service into an alleged hit list of government officials and others who might be the target of assassination plots by members of he People's Temple. "It's wildly inflammatory to talk about it," he said.

The U.S. government's primary responsibility is looking into the killing of Ryan and four other persons at the Guyana airstrip, he said.

Heymann defended the department's policy of restraint in investigating religious or political groups.

Allegations of brainwashing generally are not sufficient grounds for conducting an investigation into alleged kidnapping because it is hard to draw the line between brainwashing and legitimate persuasion or religious conversion, he said.
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December 1, 1978, New York Times - Reuters, Writs Granted in Guyana,


GEORGETOWN, Nov. 30 (Reuters) -- A judge today granted two writs of habeas corpus, ordering the police to produce two People's Temple followers, Paula Adams and Deborah Touchette.

The writs had been sought by Rex Mackay, the attorney for Charles Edward Beikman, who is accused of the murders of a spokeswoman for the sect, Sharon Amos, and her three children, and of the attempted murder of Stephanie Jones. He said that Miss Adams and Miss Touchette, survivors of the Nov, 18 killings, were vital to the case.
As Treaster establishes [11/27/78-NYT] the 45 or 46 communards were held incommunicado in the villa in Georgetown for nine days after the massacre, with their phone service "out of order," and their vaunted international shortwave radio communication also on the fritz, since they were forced to listen to only "taped music;" with American Embassy officials hand-delivering messages from any concerned "relatives" on the outside.
While it's interesting how Rex Mackay and Beikman would find Adams and Touchette "vital" to the case of what went on behind a locked bathroom door (and with so many people staying in the house that weekend, you'd think the toilet would quickly be needed for its rightful purpose,) it's more interesting to contrast this treatment with the careless mix up of "good guys" with "bad guys" at the Park Hotel, where everybody was free to do as they please, including Prokes and the Carter boys.
From the Nov. 27, 1978, survivor's list above we find:
#34 Mike Tauchette
#39 Debra Tauchette
#41 Robin Tauchette
Along with Steven, Timothy, James, Tim, and Stephanie Jones (as well as "John Cobb,") these two family groupings represent a statistical anomaly within the Georgetown house occupation.
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December 4, 1978, Ukiah Daily Journal – UPI, page 1, Pilot won’t take survivors without FBI guard,
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December 5, 1978, New York Daily News - UPI, page 32, Arraign ex-marine in 4 slayings,

He also is charged with the attempted murder of Stephanie Jones, 9, allegedly because she witnessed him killing the Amos family. The Jones girl is no relation to Jim Jones.

Beikman made no public comment during his appearance yesterday in the courtroom. It was filled with several cult members, including his son Thomas, 31, who hugged and kissed his father.
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December 5, 1978, The Montreal Gazette, Letters, page 8, 'Government should act to protect children in cults',

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December 5, 1978, The Montreal Gazette – AP/UPI, page 17, Cult man faces murder charge,


Charles E. Beikman, 42, a former U.S. Marine who joined the Rev Jim Jones' cult when they both lived in Indianapolis,

Beikman's son, Thomas, 21,

The Amos family died Nov. 19 at the same time that more than 900 cult members at the Jonestown commune, 140 miles to the west in the dense jungles of this South American nation, were drinking a deadly mix of fruit drink and cyanide.

Magistrate Owen Fung Kee-fung

Senior aides of cult leader Jim Jones said he had much closer relationships with U.S. embassy officials in Georgetown, Guyana, than has been admitted, Jones personal papers show.

The papers, acquired by the Associated Press, show that cult leaders vehemently demanded advanced lists of Jonestown residents whom relatives had asked the embassy to investigate and that the embassy complied.

The purpose of getting the names was to brief the subjects before U.S. officials arrived at Jonestown.

The papers suggest a close relationship between Richard McCoy, consul at the U.S. embassy up to May of this year, and several top aides at Georgetown, including Sharon Amos.

McCoy, now at the Guyana desk at the State Department, has not been available for comment.

Lawyer Mark Lane said yesterday that the son of an elderly woman member of the Temple may be the sole heir to the cult's $7.5 million estate.

He said Jim Jones transferred the money to two accounts in Panama and Switzerland without her knowledge,
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December 5, 1978, The Montreal Gazette – AP, page 17, 8,000 would obey death order says cult leader,

David Hill
House of Israel
Rabbi Edward Emmanuel Washington

The Plain Dealer says members of the Nation of Israel claim they would do anything Hill asked them because he has promised them eternal life.

Hill said that includes killing themselves or anybody else. "Most reporters laugh when I say that, but you see those fellows (Hill's followers sitting in his office) don't laugh," Hill told reporters.

Hill said he believes and teaches his followers that he is God.

"I say that I am No. 1 and there are 8,000 people who agree with me," he said.
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December 5, 1978, The Montreal Gazette, page 67, Lawyer for People’s Temple won’t give Vermont speech, by Doug Camilli,

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December 5, 1978, The Galveston Daily News – UPI, page A10, Peoples Temple Member Silent At Hearings On Charges He Killed 4,


Verification that "Nov. 19," for the date that Sharon Amos and children were murdered  wasn't a typo.
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December 5, 1978, New York Times, page B-11, A Cult Mother Led Children To Death; Witnesses, Initially Unaware of Plans for Suicides, Tell of the Guyana Deaths, by Joseph Treaster,


This is a very important piece of reporting that threatened exposure of a key misstep in the Jonestown operation. I rather trust Treaster, who often provides a degree of specificity in an otherwise vague sea, where the elided facts can escape being pinned down.

So it must be an editor's touch here that both "Stephany" Jones and "Leanne" Amos have their names misspelled. Treaster had written of both before, and many times afterward, and nowhere else was this mistake repeated. The cartel may be unable to prevent an honest reporter from turning in independent work that damages a secret position, but they do their best to suppress the truth's reach, impact and longevity.

Misspelling names or key search words is a tired, old tool of information manipulation by the "intelligence" community.. "Stephen" Jones' name was published in the Ukiah paper during their Redwood Valley years (Where Temple members couldn't wash a bus or pet a dog without expecting beneficial publicity to arise from the display.) But a changeover to the European form "Stephan," is such a weird affectation on a 19-year-old basketball player from Indiana.

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Dec. 4 -- Moments after she finished what is believed to be the last radio conversation with Jonestown, Sharon Amos walked briskly through the living room of the People's Temple headquarters here with a knife in her hand, witnesses said today.

She led her children---Martin, 8 years old; Christa, 10, and Leanne, 22---into a bathroom, and motioned to Charles Beikman, a 43-year-old former marine, to follow.

Then others in the living room heard a child cry "Oh Mama," and then a scream. They ran to the bathroom. Mrs. Amos and the children lay bleeding to death, their throats cut, and Mr. Beikman stood trembling nearby.

Forty-six persons were in the headquarters that evening, unaware until later, they say, that as Sharon Amos and her family dies, the Jonestown commune was destroying itself in a frenzy of murder and suicide.

Man Accused of Killing

After several days of questioning, the police charged Mr. Beikman with killing the Amoses and attempting to kill Stephany Jones, the 9-year-old granddaughter of Jim Jones, who had apparently arrived from the bathroom earlier.

Today, as a preliminary hearing began, Carlton Weithers, the man assigned to prosecute the case, told reporters that he was convinced Mr. Beikman had helped Mrs. Amos, a public relations officer for the cult who was in her 40's, to kill her children, and that he had then killed her.

Mr. Beikman is the first of the cultists to be taken into court for testimony. A hearing for Larry Layton, the cultist who is accused of killing Representative Leo J. Ryan and four other Americans, is scheduled for Jan. 15.

Talking with reporters in a breezeway of the magistrates court in a recess today, Mr. Weithers said of Mrs. Amos: "I feel she wanted to commit suicide. But certainly not the children. They were screaming. And she couldn't have done it alone."

Written Statement Cited

Mr. Weithers, a small, slender man in a dark business suit, said that Mr. Beikman had contended in a written statement to the police that he had watched the Amoses die, but that he had watched the Amoses die, but that he had not had a hand in their deaths.

"In essence, he told the police he was invited to assist her in slitting the throats of her children, but he said he couldn't do it," Mr. Weithers continued. "Then he said Sharon Amos did it and invited him to slit her throat. He said he couldn't do that, either.

Mr. Weithers said that Mr. Beikman admitted in his statement that he had attempted to kill the Jones girl, but that "he couldn't do that either."

Before the hearing began, Tom Beikman, the 21-year-old son of the accused man, who was part of a group of cultists released from house arrest at the headquarters yesterday, said that he thought his father was getting "a very dirty deal."

The son who lost his mother and brother at Jonestown, pictured his father as a gentle, easy-going person who "never used to go hunting because he didn't like to kill animals."

'Uneducated Loudmouth'

Other survivors, however, have less fond memories of the Charles Beikman they knew in Jonestown. "He was an uneducated loudmouth who didn't give a damn about anybody," said Jerry Parks, a defector who fled the commune with the help of Representative Ryan and saw his wife and Mr. Ryan killed at the jungle airstrip a short time later.

At the hearing today, Mr. Beikman, a husky man with a shock of blond hair combed back in a wave, sat woodenly in the dock, his face in repose, hands clasped loosely before him, as the prosecutor, his lawyers and the magistrate spent hours in the steamy room jousting over procedure.
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December 5, 1978, Indiana Evening Gazette - AP, page 1, Alaska’s Sen. Stevens Survives Air Crash; Wife, Others Killed,




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December 5, 1978, Indiana Evening Gazette - AP, page 6, By Romancing Customs Officials, Jones’ Aides Smuggled Guns Unscrupulously,


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December 5, 1978, Indiana Evening Gazette - AP, page 6, In Jonestown; Prosecutor Charges Cult Leader Killed Woman,


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December 7, 1978, The Daily News [Huntington, PA] UPI, page 10, 16 More Cultists Back Home,


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December 7, 1978, Bangor Daily News - UPI, page 16, More Than a Dozen Jonestown Survivors Fly To To New York From Guyana,

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December 7, 1978, The Morning Record and Journal [CT] UPI, page 18, U.S. Marshall escorts planeload of cult survivors,

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December 12, 1978, Observer-Reporter - AP, Son of Cult Leader Testifies at Hearing,


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December 17, 1978, Sunday, Ukiah Daily Journal - UPI, page 7, Guyana Dead,





Guyana Dead
WASHINGTON (UPI) --
The following two lists of victims of the Jonestown mass suicide were released by the State Department Saturday (Dec. 16, 1978).

The first list is of those positively identified but where next of kin or friends have not been notified. The second list is of those identified whose next of kin have been contacted.

For the first list the department asks anyone with information as to next of kin or friends to call (202) 632-3712 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. est.

The lists include name and, where available, state where born, birth date and last known residence.

[Last name Jones on both lists]

Kin Not Notified
Jones, Ava P. 8-6-51, Ind. (San Francisco)
Jones, Lew E. 11-23-56, Korea (Redwood Valley, Calif.)
Jones, Mary T. 8-10-54, Mont. (San Francisco)
Jones, Valerie Y. 11-20-58, Texas (San Francisco)

[Notified]
Jones, Agnes P. 2-14-43 Ind. (San Francisco)
Jones, Annette T. 2-25-26 Ill. (Los Angeles)
Jones, Brenda Y. 12-13-48 Texas
Jones, Earnest 9-7-22 Miss.
Jones, Forrest R. 12-12-36 Kent.
Jones, James (Rev.) 5-13-31 Ind. (Redwood Valley, Calif.)
Jones, Jessie W. 5-3-24 La. (Los Angeles)
Jones, Marcelline M. 1-8-27 Ind. (Redwood Valley Calif.)
Jones, Nancy M. 5-5-01 Ark. (Pittsburg, Calif.)
Jones, Timothy B. 6-3-59 Calif._________________________________________________________________________________

December 18, 1978, Ukiah Daily Journal – UPI, page 1, Stephan Jones confesses to Amos family murder,


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December 18, 1978, The Milwaukee Journal - UPI, page 12, Cult Leader's Son Confesses to Murders of 4 in Guyana,



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December 18, 1978, Logansport Pharos-Tribune (IN) page 1, Victims List Includes Former Local Residents,

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December 19, 1978, Schenectady Gazette, Jones' Son Admits Killing Cult Official, Her 3 Children, by C. De Florimonte,


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December 20, 1978, The Palm Beach Post – UPI, Jones Charged With Murder, Temple Head's Son Calls Confession 'Sarcasm',

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December 20, 1978, Washington Post, Jones' Son Is Charged With 4 Murder Counts In Cult Throat-Slashing, by Charles A. Krause,

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December 20, 1978, New York Times, 'Confession' Prompts Four Charges of Murder Against Jim Jones's Son, by David Vidal,


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December 20, 1978, The Spokesman-Review – AP, page A-6, Jones charged, bank funds frozen,

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January 31, 1979, Schenectady Gazette - UPI, Jones' Daughter's Testimony Out As She Does Not Believe in God,

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February 1, 1979, Virgin Islands Daily News – AP, page 4, Judge Rejects Child's Testimony On Murder‎,


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February 2, 1979, The Roswell Daily Record (NM) UPI, page 17, Jonestown child recalls debacle,
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February 2, 1979, The Oregon Bulletin - UPI, Trial reveals bloody details,

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February 3, 1979, Virgin Islands Daily News, page 4, Youngster Describes Guyana Murder Scene,
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February 3, 1979, Spokane Daily Chronicle – UPI, Court Ruling Due in Temple Deaths,

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February 7, 1979, Wilmington Morning Star - AP, page 10C, Cult member to be tried in slayings,

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February 7, 1979, Lakeland Ledger, Cult Leader Son Freed,

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February 7, 1979, The Morning Record and Journal - UPI, Jones' Son Cleared Of Murder Charge by Guyanese Court,

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October 20, 1979, Windsor Star - New York Times News Service, page 10, Jonestown, by Joseph B. Treaster,



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October 23, 1979, Virgin Islands Daily News - N.Y. Times News Service, page 4, Jonestown Now; Quiet, Deserted, by Joseph B. Treaster, [Cont. page 28 as Much Litigation Remains Legacy Of Jonestown] [Blog]




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November 17, 1979, Afro American, page 6, One Year Offer Jonestown Mass Murders,


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February 27, 1980, Virgin Islands Daily News, page 4, Peoples Temple Trial Set For April 1,

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March 31, 1980, Prescott Courier - AP, page 9A, Guyana Cultist Pleads Guilty,

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April 2, 1980, St. Joseph Gazette - AP, page 5A, Ex-cultist Pleads Guilty To Charge Of Attempted Murder,

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April 2, 1980, ‎Spokane Daily Chronicle - AP, page 2, Georgetown Death Count Is Delayed,

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April 2, 1980, Milwaukee Sentinel, Glimpses Gathered From Around The Globe,

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April 2, 1980, Bangor Daily News, Cult Member Pleads Guilty, ‎

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April 3, 1980, ‎The Robesonian [Lumberton, NC] page 11, Guyana Deaths Suspect Pleads Guilty To Murder,

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April 7, 1980, Ukiah Daily Journal - UPI, page 17, Guyana clearing last Temple legal cases,

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April 7, 1980, Reading Eagle - AP, page 17, Jonestown Cook Gets Jail Term,

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April 8, 1980, The Star-Phoenix, Jonestown Suspect Draws Hard Labor,

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April 9, 1980, Ottawa Journal – AP, page 20, Jonestown cult follower gets 5 years hard labor,

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April 9, 1980, Eugene Register-Guard - UPI, page 15B, Jones Follower Sentenced,

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April 9, 1980, Plattsburg Press-Republican, Cultist sentenced for Jonestown killing,

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April 14, 1980, The Hour [CT] UPI, page 1, Cultist Gets Five Years for Attempted Murder, ‎


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September 29, 1980, The Virgin Islands Daily News - CANA, Jonestown Survivor Will Not Face Murder Charges, by Sharief Khan,

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July 8, 1982, Edmonton Journal, page 11A, Cult Member Freed,

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July 8, 1982, Florence Times Daily – UPI, page 23, Last Jonestown survivor freed from Guyana jail,

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July 8, 1982, Toledo Blade - AP, page 10, Wounder Of Girl, 7, In Jonestown Episode Is Freed In Guyana,

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July 9, 1982, Tuscaloosa News – AP, page 2, Peoples Temple Man Back Home,

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Id=53

Dec. 25, 2004, web capture

Stephanie Lynn Bishop,



July 11, 2010, web capture, ID #53 is BELL, Elsie Ingraham,



http://web.archive.org/web/20041225220506/http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/AboutJonestown/WhoDied/bio.php?Id=62

Stephanie Lynn Jones has now changed to ID#62





However, until Dec. 25, 2004, that ID#, #62, belonged to BOWER, Donald Robert, (but with a small picture of Stephanie too,



https://www.diigo.com/item/image/27gb8/2op1

JONES, Stephanie

https://www.diigo.com/item/image/27gb8/o7gv
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Jones Family Relationships,

"22 - Rob Jones." University of San Diego Official Athletic Site. Accessed: 2009-10-03. Archived,

Agnes Paulette Jones Alternative Considerations of Jonestown and Peoples Temple]. San Diego State University.

"Forrest Ray Jones" Alternative Considerations of Jonestown and Peoples Temple. San Diego State University.

"Billy Jones" Alternative Considerations of Jonestown and Peoples Temple. San Diego State University.

"Jimbo Jones" Alternative Considerations of Jonestown and Peoples Temple. San Diego State University.

"Michael Ray Jones" Alternative Considerations of Jonestown and Peoples Temple. San Diego State University.

"Stephanie Jones" Alternative Considerations of Jonestown and Peoples Temple. San Diego State University.

Lew Eric Jones Alternative Considerations of Jonestown and Peoples Temple. San Diego State University.

"Terry Carter Jones" Alternative Considerations of Jonestown and Peoples Temple. San Diego State University.

"Chaeoke Warren Jones" Alternative Considerations of Jonestown and Peoples Temple. San Diego State University.
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Agnes Pauline Jones supposedly was married, or in a domestic partnership with Forest Ray Jones, and it was convenient that she, nee Jones, married a different Jones, so that she didn't have to get new monograms on her bath towels. She is said to be the natural child of Marceline and Jim Jones,




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Here Stephanie is described as an adopted granddaughter of Jim Jones. Here she is described as a ten-year-old---not 14, as the Alternate Consideration would have it. (By far, most accounts say she was nine-years- old, although they range from eight to 12.) She of course, did survive the attempted murder and should not be listed among the deceased. (By the way, she also was of a pronounced African-American cast in newspaper photos.)
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