The Jonestown Death Tape (FBI No. Q 042) (November 18, 1978)

March 2nd, 2006

An audio recording made on November 18, 1978, at the Peoples Temple compound in Jonestown, Guyana immediately preceding and during the mass suicide or murder of over 900 members of the cult.

Author: The Rev. Jim Jones, et al. (The Peoples Temple cult)
Date: 1978-11-18 00:00:00
Source: ? > cassette > CD-R > Sound Forge > FLAC Frontend > FLAC
Recorded by: Unknown; FLAC’ed by Olen Sluder (olenATacmDOTorg)
Keywords: Spoken Word; Historical

Creative Commons license: Public Domain

Notes

I acquired the source cassette tape c. 1979 from a high school friend whose father was an FBI agent.

The sound levels were increased as close as possible to clipping when I transferred to CD-R from cassette and then normalized to -18 dB average RMS power (loudness) in Sound Forge after extracting from CD-R

An interesting web site for further research is the Jonestown Institute (http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/), which contains transcripts as well as commentary on this and other recordings recovered by the FBI from Jonestown

Individual Files

Whole Item Format Size
ptc1978-11-18.flac16_64kb.m3u 64Kbps M3U Stream
ptc1978-11-18.flac16_64kb_mp3.zip 64Kbps MP3 ZIP 21.4M
ptc1978-11-18.flac16_flac.zip Flac ZIP 286.5M
ptc1978-11-18.flac16_vbr.m3u VBR M3U Stream
ptc1978-11-18.flac16_vbr_mp3.zip VBR ZIP 54.8M
Audio Files Flac Ogg Vorbis 64Kbps MP3 VBR MP3
The Jonestown “Death Tape” 286.5M 40.8M

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Wow.

I came across this whilst checking up on the TCP stats at Archive.org, which are over 45,000 now.

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