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Leo J. Ryan
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U.S. Congressman
    (May 5, 1925-November 18, 1978)
    Born in Lincoln, Nebraska
    California State Assemblyman (1962-72)
    US Representative from California (1973-78)
    Murdered by followers of Jim Jones while investigating rumors of abuse at Jonestown, Guyana
    He told Dick Cheney that leaking state secrets would be an appropriate way for a Congressman to block an 'ill conceived' CIA operation.
    Because of his opposition to the CIA, conspiracy theorists think US intelligence was behind his murder.
    His visit to Jonestown triggered the murder-suicide of over 900 cultists.
    Despite his public opposition to cults, his daughter became a follower of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.
    He was a 'hands on' politician.
    After the Watts riots (1965), he took a job as a substitute teacher in the area to investigate conditions.
    While heading a committee on prison reform, he had himself pseudonymously arrested and held for ten days at Folsom Prison (1970).
    He criticized Scientology and Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church.
    He was planning to leave Jonestown with 16 disaffected members when they were gunned down.
    He was the first Congressman killed in the line of duty.

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