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James Morcan | 11370 comments Excerpt from The Orphan Conspiracies: 29 Conspiracy Theories from The Orphan Trilogy:

Jonestown member George Blakey, who was a chief aid to Jim Jones, was later identified as a CIA agent. Blakey purchased the land on which Jonestown was built. That, together with his CIA involvement and the community’s tragic end, could reasonably point to it being some kind of bizarre agency experiment.

What Blakey did immediately after the apparent Jonestown massacre lends weight to this theory. Within days, he reportedly moved to the nearby tax haven of Trinidad where he withdrew US$5 million from a Credit Suisse bank account.

In another CIA connection, US Embassy official Richard Dwyer was with Leo Ryan at the time of the airfield shootings and was later confirmed to have been a CIA agent. The first report of the “mass suicide” was made via radio a couple hours after the deaths occurred. Nobody has ever confirmed who made the radio reports, but perhaps tellingly, Richard Dwyer was the only person at Jonestown known to have a working radio.

Intriguingly, on the suicide tape recording of the last few minutes before the deaths occurred within the commune, Jim Jones can clearly be heard saying, “Get Dwyer out of here. Take him out of here now before something bad happens to him.” This implies Jones and the CIA were in cahoots as the cult leader would not allow anyone else to leave the commune.

Many independent researchers also believe the suicide tape was heavily edited to disguise the unmistakable sound of gunshots. If true, this also points to murders, not suicides.

The Orphan Conspiracies 29 Conspiracy Theories from The Orphan Trilogy by James Morcan

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Lance Morcan | 2907 comments Jonestown: A Survivor Remembers http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/ne...

Article excerpts:

Jonestown has spurred a slew of conspiracy theories, including the complicity of Jones with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Jonestown was said to be part of the agency's MK-Ultra Mind Control Experiment. The vast quantities of drugs found on the compound only fuelled suspicion.

In her book, Snake Dance: Unraveling the mysteries of Jonestown, Kahalas detailed her version of events. She reiterated that the CIA was responsible for the assassination of Congressman Leo Ryan, creating a scenario to implicate Jones. Using enlarged photographs of the airstrip where the killing occurred, she identified the assassins, pointing to their military postures and the towering stature of the point man.

"There was no one that tall at Jonestown. furthermore, we didn't have any military training. Obviously, the assassins didn't come from Jonestown," she argued.

Why then would the congressman be targeted?

Kahalas referred to the Hughes-Ryan Act, which required the CIA to report all covert operations to congressional oversight committees. In other words, Leo Ryan was a thorn in the side of the intelligence agency. What better way to proverbially kill two birds with a single stone?

"Intelligence agencies study your Achilles Heel," Kahalas asserted. "They exploit your weakness - whatever it is. they will work to undermine you. Jim Jones was suicidal. They pushed the right buttons."

Snake Dance: Unravelling the Mysteries of Jonestown by Jonestown survivor Laurie E. Kahalas

Snake Dance Unravelling the Mysteries of Jonestown by Laurie E. Kahalas

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Gayle Nix Jackson (GayleNixJackson) | 4 comments As an Author of JFK historical books and the granddaughter of Orville Nix, anyone and anything related to the JFK assassination merits my attention. One of the strangest and most eye-opening things I found regarding Jonestown, is the presence of early JFK researcher, Mark Lane, at the event. I'm not sure if this is relevant or not to this subject, but just thought I would share and will share more should there be interest.

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James Morcan | 11370 comments Gayle wrote: "As an Author of JFK historical books and the granddaughter of Orville Nix, anyone and anything related to the JFK assassination merits my attention. One of the strangest and most eye-opening things..."

Hi Gayle
Thanks for joining this group.
I am very aware of who your grandfather was and would love to know whatever was recorded on the original film he recorded of the assassination before the FBI or CIA confiscated and edited it.

Would you like to post what you know or believe about the JFK assassination in this discussion thread we have devoted to the mystery here:

November 22, 1963. Dallas, Texas. -- Investigating the assassination of President John F. Kennedy https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

Will also add your books to this group as well.

As you point out, it is a bit odd that Mark Lane was at Jonestown on the day of the crime and also one of the first early researchers of JFK. What did your grandfather say about Lane, given he was interviewed by him for his book/documentary Rush to Judgment: A Critique of the Warren Commission's Inquiry into the Murder of President?

Here's what Wikipedia says about Lane's involvement at Jonestown:

Engagement and work for the Peoples Temple[edit]

In 1978, Lane began to represent the Peoples Temple. Temple leader Jim Jones hired Lane and Donald Freed to help make the case of what it alleged to be a "grand conspiracy" by intelligence agencies against the Peoples Temple. Jones told Lane he wanted to "pull an Eldridge Cleaver", referring to the fugitive Black Panther who was able to return to the United States after repairing his reputation.[42]:440

In September 1978, Lane visited Jonestown, spoke to Jonestown residents, provided support for the theory that intelligence agencies conspired against Jonestown and drew parallels between Martin Luther King and Jim Jones. Lane then held press conferences stating that "none of the charges" against the Temple "are accurate or true" and that there was a "massive conspiracy" against the Temple by "intelligence organizations," naming the CIA, FBI, FCC and the U.S. Post Office. Though Lane represented himself as disinterested, the Temple paid Lane $6,000 per month to help generate such theories.[42]:440–441 Regarding the effect of the work of Lane and Freed upon Temple members, Temple member Annie Moore wrote that "Mom and Dad have probably shown you the latest about the conspiracy information that Mark Lane, the famous attorney in the ML King case and Don Freed the other famous author in the Kennedy case have come up with regarding activities planned against us—Peoples Temple."[43]:282 Another Temple member, Carolyn Layton, wrote that Don Freed told them that "anything this drug out could be nothing less than conspiracy".[43]:272

Jonestown tragedy[edit]

Lane was present in Jonestown during the evening of November 18, 1978, and witnessed or heard part of the events claiming at least 408 lives (out of a total recount of 915 carried out five days later); these events involved, up to some extent, murder-suicide by cyanide poisoning and were compounded by the murder of Congressman Leo Ryan and four others at a nearby airstrip.[44] For months before that tragedy, Jones frequently created fear among members by stating that the CIA and other intelligence agencies were conspiring with "capitalist pigs" to destroy Jonestown and harm its members.[45] This included mentions of CIA involvement in the address Jones gave the day before the arrival of Congressman Ryan.[46]

During the visit of Congressman Ryan, Lane helped represent the Temple along with its other attorney, Charles R. Garry, who was furious with Lane for holding numerous press conferences and alleging the existence of conspiracies against the Peoples Temple.[47] Garry was also displeased with Lane for making a veiled threat that the Temple might move to the Soviet Union in a letter to Congressman Ryan.[48]

Late in the afternoon of November 18, two men wielding rifles approached Lane and Garry, who had earlier been sent to a small wooden house by Jones.[49] It is not clear whether the gunmen were sent to kill Lane and Garry, but one of the gunmen recognized Charles Garry as an attorney in a trial that the gunman had attended.[49] After a relatively friendly exchange, the men informed Garry and Lane that they were going to "commit revolutionary suicide" to "expose this racist and fascist society".[49] The gunmen then gave Garry and Lane directions to exit Jonestown.[49] Garry and Lane then sneaked into the jungle, where they hid and called a temporary truce while the tragedy unfolded.[50]

On a tape made while members committed suicide by ingesting cyanide-poisoned punch, the reason given by Jones to commit suicide was consistent with Jones's previously stated conspiracy theories of intelligence organizations allegedly conspiring against the Temple, that men would "parachute in here on us", "shoot some of our innocent babies" and "they'll torture our children, they'll torture some of our people here, they'll torture our seniors".[51] Parroting Jones's prior statements that hostile forces would convert captured children to fascism, one temple member states, "[T]he ones that they take captured, they're gonna just let them grow up and be dummies".[51] Annie Moore and Carolyn Layton were among the 900 who died.

After the tragedy[edit]

Lane later wrote a book about the tragedy, The Strongest Poison.[52] Lane reported hearing automatic weapon fire, and presumes that U.S. forces killed Jonestown survivors.[53] While Lane blames Jones and Peoples Temple leadership for the deaths at Jonestown, he also claims that U.S. officials exacerbated the possibility of violence by employing agents provocateurs.[53] For example, Lane claimed that Temple attorney (and later defector) Timothy Stoen, who, Lane alleged, had repeatedly prompted the Temple to take radical action before defecting, "had evidently led three lives", one of those being a government informant or agent.[54]

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