FORTY YEARS SINCE GREEN BERET CAPTAIN'S
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It was 40 years ago this month that one of the most heinous crimes in Army history took place at Fort Bragg, N.C.
The pregnant wife and two small children of a Green Beret doctor were founded hacked to death with an ice pick in their government quarters at 544 Castle Drive. The sole survivor of the alleged onslaught was Capt. Jeffrey MacDonald, husband and father to the victims, who suffered slight stab wounds that could have been self-inflicted.
MacDonald has always claimed he is innocent in the gruesome murders of 26 year-old Colette and daughters Kimberly and Kristen. He says some hippie intruders had entered the ground floor domain and committed mayhem. In sworn testimony, the then-captain said he tried to fight off the attackers but was stabbed and later passed out. When he regained consciousness, he called military police. And thus began one of the most bizarre murder mysteries in memory.
A BOTCHED INVESTIGATION - EVENTUAL CONVICTION
The Army investigation was sloppy at best, possible evidence was tainted, and initially, the CID decided there was not enough proof that MacDonald had committed a crime. The officer received a hardship discharge and went into medical practice in California.
Almost ten years after the slayings, spurred on by former MacDonald supporter and now bitter enemy, father-in-law Freddie Kassab, the government brought civilian Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald to trial in federal court where he was convicted on three counts - one of first-degree murder, and two of murder in the second degree. He was sentenced to life imprisonment. Except for a brief period between then and 1982, MacDonald (who'd been released on grounds he didn't receive a speedy trial) was re-incarcerated and has been a prisoner in the "system" since that time.
He has never given up protesting his innocence, and over the years such prominent attorneys as Alan Dershowitz have labored to win him a new trial. We at MilitaryCorruption.com "don't have a dog (or relative) in this fight". There are disturbing questions on both sides, especially MacDonald's manipulative ways with women - one former "groupie" now heads a web site attacking him - and his seemingly sociopathic nature.
Also, there has been enough misconduct by the government - and author Joe McGinnis (we'll get to him in a moment) - that even if we thought MacDonald did it, enough doubt has been raised, that only a new trial with all evidence presented could provide not FATAL VISION, or FATAL JUSTICE, but "final" justice
TWO FEDERAL PROSECUTORS AGAINST MacDONALD
It's unsettling to learn that two of the federal prosecutors in the MacDonald case were crooks themselves, although caught long after they had spearheaded the prosecution team. Warren Coolidge, former U.S. Attorney for the eastern district of North Carolina was disbarred for embezzling funds from clients. Fellow U.S. Attorney James Blackburn was disbarred and indicted on 12 felony counts, including changing court documents. He was sentenced to seven years in prison, but did only a fraction of the time.
Blackburn's name was to surface many years after the 1979 MacDonald murder trial, when former U.S. Marshall Jimmy Britt revealed that he had been present in a room where Blackburn allegedly induced a witness, who could have been helpful to MacDonald, to commit perjury and not testify that she - the late Helena Stoeckley - was one of the drug-crazed hippies present in the MacDonald home the night of the killings, thus supporting MacDonald's version of who did the crime.
Britt, who has since passed away, took the precaution of signing an affidavit to the above statement and also passed a polygraph examination.
TWO BOOKS AND OPPOSING WEB SITES DISPUTE FACTS IN MURDER CASE
For those of you who want to make up your own mind, we suggest you go to a large library or on Amazon.com and obtain two books on this case. The first is FATAL VISION by sleazy "author" Joe McGinnis. He eventually had to pay a $325,000 court judgment when sued by MacDonald for violating his contract with the former Green Beret to tell the truth in the MacDonald case. The Army captain had taken the opportunistic McGinnis into his confidence and was totally "blind-sided" by the negative portrayal of himself he found within the best-selling book's covers.
The other essential book to read, and we suggest you read it only after carefully digesting the McGinnis hit job, is FATAL JUSTICE by author Jerry Potter and reporter Fred Bost. When you finish that, you may have many questions in your mind about the first book's accuracy and the government's willingness to do whatever it took to get a conviction in the MacDonald case.
There are two principal web sites that contain much interesting material on the Green Beret murder case. First, click on: www.themacdonaldcase.org for a pro-MacDonald view; then go to www.themacdonaldcase.com for another view, totally opposite. That site is run by a former MacDonald "groupie" who claims she turned against her champion after realizing years later he was "really" guilty. MacDonald's people say she flipped out and switched sides about the same time the still handsome doctor wed another woman.
When you have read the two books and studied the contents of each competing web site, contact us and let us know what YOU think. We don't know who is lying, but a new trial should help settle this once and for all.