BREAK IN GREEN BERET MURDER CASE!
A guilty conscience that, according to former deputy U.S. Marshal Jimmy Britt, became "too much to bear," has resulted in the North Carolina man coming forward to reveal Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald was denied justice in his 1979 trial for the murder of his wife and children at Ft. Bragg, N.C. 35 years ago.
The startling revelation was made in a sworn affidavit from Britt submitted to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va. Lawyers for the former Green Beret captain are seeking the appeals court's permission to present the new evidence to the U.S. District Court in Raleigh, N.C.
We at MilitaryCorruption.com feel the long ordeal of Dr. MacDonald - the ex-Special Forces officer has always maintained he was innocent of the crimes - should now be ended. MacDonald's conviction should be overturned and the wrongly imprisoned man finally set free. And we hope he "sues the hell out of" one and all who railroaded him into prison in the first place.
PROSECUTOR THREATENS HELENA STOECKLEY
Britt's bombshell affidavit contains revelations he heard slimy prosecutor James Blackburn tell defense witness Helena Stoeckley he'd "indict her on murder charges" if she stuck to a story that she was part of a hippie group that actually killed MacDonald's wife and kids and assaulted the sleeping Green Beret doctor when he tried to fight back.
Frightened for her own future, Stoeckley suddenly got "amnesia" on the witness stand and the key defense figure was no longer any help to the accused doctor's case.
In his statement, Britt said he kept quiet all this time "out of a sense of duty" to the people (law enforcement) he worked with. But the years of keeping silent about the truth took its toll, and Britt said he couldn't stand hiding what really happened any more.
MacDonald, now 62, is serving three consecutive life sentences at a federal prison in Maryland. He was wrongly convicted of killing his wife Colette, 26, and their daughters, Kimberly, 5, and Kristen, 2.
Ever since the 1970 slayings, MacDonald has maintained hippie intruders entered his quarters at Ft. Bragg during the night and carried out the grisly crime in which the doctor was stabbed several times.
KEY EVIDENCE FOR THE DEFENSE IGNORED
Stoeckley was a key figure in MacDonald's defense plans. She was described by the Green Beret captain as wearing "a long blond wig and floppy hat." A strand of the wig was found in the officer's quarters. And a Fort Bragg military policeman later reported he saw a woman of that description standing on a street corner near the crime scene earlier that night. The drug-addicted woman, daughter of an Army colonel, died in 1983.
As for over-zealous prosecutor Blackburn, he was disbarred as an attorney and did prison time after being found guilty of forgery, fraud, embezzlement and obstruction of justice in an unrelated matter.
The MacDonald case was the subject of a best-selling but highly inaccurate
book "Fatal Vision" and a made-for-TV movie of the same name.
The ex-captain later sued discredited author Joe McGinnis and won a
sizeable out-of-court settlement.