THE VAULT

DOCUMENTS


A small item on Edith Roller's resignation from San Francisco State College in the local paper caught Jim Jones' eye, and he invited her to his church.

"It seems I'm in a cage like a bird," Christine Miller wrote Jones. She asked—as many other residents did—to return to the States, and was denied by Jones.

After he runs away from Jonestown with another teen, Tommy Bogue's
parents sign a release allowing him to be "physically restrained by chain."

"Cyanide is one of the most rapidly acting poisons," camp doctor Larry Schacht writes Jones in this memo. Jones instructed the medical department to find a way to kill everyone, and Schacht spent Wednesdays in his lab, trying to find a "solution" to Jones' request.

"I feel that all the children should have a right to live," Al Simon wrote Jones shortly before he began secretly cutting a path through the jungle, hoping to escape with his three young kids.

Congressman Leo  Ryan's first telegram to Jim Jones, informing him of his intention to visit Jonestown

Richard Tropp's suicide note, which he penned from Jones' cabin as the massacre was under way. "As I write these words," Tropp wrote," people are silently amassed, taking a quick potion, inducing sleep, relief."

An extreme example of a redacted file...the FBI released unredacted files as I neared completion of the book...and it took me several more months to read through them.