Why Leo Ryan and Jim Jones Met on That Day of Death in the Jungles of Guyana - 1978-12-04
Still, Ryan was intrigued by Houston's story, partly for personal reasons. He had been a high school English teacher before going into politics, and young Houston was one of his pupils. Moreover, Ryan's own nephew had mysteriously disappeared after joining the cult of Scientology. "Leo was not content to sit behind his desk relying on information from bureaucrats," says Rep. Stephen Solarz, who served with him on the International Relations Committee. "He felt he had a responsibility to help people who couldn't help themselves." Already involved in the congressional investigation of the Moonies, Ryan committed himself that night in Houston's home to find out the truth about Jones' temple as well. It was to be the last cause of the congressman's life.