streeb wrote:If you're looking for something suspicious in Lane's CV, however, his relationship to the People's Temple might be the place to look.
Wow! I had no idea he was so intimately involved!
Exalting 'Beauty of Dying',
Jones Leads 408 to Death
By Leonard Downie Jr.
Washington Post Foreign Service
November 21, 1978
Two other members of the fact-finding group, civil liberties lawyers Mark Lane and Charles Garry, had stayed behind in Jonestown. They escaped into the surrounding tropical forest when Jones ordered that everyone in the compound must die and made their way to Georgetown where they gave a detailed account of the massacre at a press conference and in interviews yesterday.
Lane, 51, and Garry, 69, hid in the forest in a heavy rain Saturday night before finding their way to Port Kaituma on Sunday. They said here yesterday that Jones was unhappy that the two-day meeting with Ryan had ... a number of Jones' followers asking to leave with Ryan and another attacking Ryan with a fishing knife. Lane said yesterday that Jones told them some of his men had gone to attack the congressman and his party at the airstrip as they were leaving.
Lane gave the following account:
One of Jones' top lieutenants, Don Sly, suddenly grabbed Ryan around the neck with his left arm, placed a knife against Ryan's neck with his right hand, and shouted: "Congressman Ryan, you motherf-----."
While Ryan struggled to push the man's hands away from his neck, Lane grabbed Sly's arms from the front and Garry, 69, grabbed Sly from behind.
Finally, "all kinds of people from the temple moved in," Garry said, and pulled Sly away from Ryan as the congressman fell to the floor. Sly's hand was cut in the struggle and blood from that cut was all over the congressman's clothes. Some Jonestown residents gave Ryan a clean set of clothes to change into later on the plane.
Jones calmly watched this incident from some distance, making no move. Lane and Ryan told Jones that police and a doctor must be called at once. Jones said they would be, but no one came.
Jones, visibly shaken, than sat down to talk to Ryan.
"Does this change things?" Jones asked Ryan, who told Jones that he still saw many positive things in Jonestown but that the knife incident did change his impression.
Ryan then asked Lane, "Are you mad at me?"
"No," Lane said. "I'm so grateful that you came here."
"I'll always be grateful that you saved my life," Ryan told Lane.
Lane responded by joking with the congressman: "Now no one can call this trip a junket."
After Ryan left to join the others at the air strip, Jones took Lane aside and kept repeating, "This is terrible, this is terrible, this is terrible." Lane said he tried to calm Jones down.
Jones then told Lane, "There are things you don't know. Those men who left a little while ago to go into the city are not going there. They love me and they may do something that will reflect badly on me. They're going to shoot at the people and their plane. The way Larry [Layton] hugged me, a cold hug, told me."
Then a woman came over and whispered something to Jones, and Jones told Lane to take Garry and go the East House on the far side of the compound.
Lane objected because he feared Jones was gathering residents of Jonestown for a mass suicide attempt, but Jones assigned a very tall, tough lieutenant to escort the lawyers away.
Lane and Garry saw eight or ten young men remove automatic rifles from storage near where they were taken. They also heard Jones speaking over a loudspeaker to the Jonestown residents about the "beauty of dying . . . it's an important part of what we've done . . . let's not fight among ourselves."
The guard watching Lane and Garry was then replaced by two young men with automatic weapons. Garry said yesterday that he recognized one of them as a man he had frequently helped when he was in trouble back in San Francisco.
"They all kept saying," Lane said , "We're all going to die . . . There is a great dignity in dying . . . It is a great way to end our struggle."
When he tried to argue them out this, they merely smiled calmly and repeated, "We're all going to die."
Lane worried that he and Garry would be shot but Garry said he knew these particular men would never do that even if they had been sent there to do so.
Lane asked the two young men: "At least Charles and I will be here to tell the story of what happened, won't we?"
Lane said the men agreed to that, hugged him and Garry and turned to leave, either to join the death ritual or escape.
"Wait," Lane called out, "first how do we get out of here."
The men told them where to run over a hill and into the forest where Lane and Garry were to spend the next 12 hours in darkness, soaked and chilled by rain, cut by the rough underbrush and bitten by insects.
Lane said they could still hear Jones shouting over the loudspeaker and eventually repeating just one word over and over: "Mother, mother, mother . . ." Jones' mother died about a year ago and she was buried in Jonestown.
Finally there was a period of silence and then a large number of shots rang out. The lawyers moved deeper into the underbrush and heard screams and shots around them but saw no one except three Jonestown men rushing down a road out of the compound carrying a large trunk.
http://www.gbs.sha.bw.schule.de/peoples ... _wpost.htm
Pretty horrifying. I wonder how much of this Garry was able to corroborate:
After listening to Temple members discuss the history of the case, Garry initially announced on September 8, 1977, that "[w]e've come to the conclusion that there is a conspiracy by government agencies to destroy Peoples Temple as a viable community organization." After further experience with the Temple, including reviewing the results of several Freedom of Information Act requests, Garry eventually changed his conclusion to the belief that there was little government interest, let alone a conspiracy.
Throughout his representation, Garry argued with members of the Temple. Garry had a tumultuous relationship with another Temple attorney, Mark Lane, because Garry felt that Lane repeatedly interfered in Garry's areas of representation and made too high profile the Temple's claims of a conspiracy against it.