Nation: Cult Massacre

Ambush in Guyana

After getting many complaints from constituents about relatives being kept against their will by a California cult that had decamped to the jungles of Guyana, Democratic Congressman Leo Ryan decided to see for himself. Last week, he flew to the small Latin American country and set out for the commune known as the "People's Temple." Accompanying him were an aide, a U.S. embassy official, eight newsmen and leftist attorneys Mark Lane and Charles Garry, who were representing the commune. From Georgetown, the capital, the party chartered two planes to reach a dirt airstrip 145 miles away. Then they rode...

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