A HALF-CENTURY LATER, FORMER GREEN BERET
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A former Green Beret doctor who was convicted of slaughtering his wife and two children in a fit of frenzy back in 1970 at Fort Bragg, is trying once again to gain his freedom.
It's been nearly 50 years since the grisly murders took place at military housing on the sprawling North Carolina Army base. Then-CPT Jeffrey MacDonald told CID investigators a bunch of drug-crazed hippies burst into his home on the night of February 17, 1970 and attacked him and his wife and two daughters.
The captain, who suffered several stab wounds and a collapsed lung, was later accused of doing the slayings himself and convicted of three counts of capital murder. He and his lawyers have been fighting for a new trial for more than 30 years. Now, his legal team is trying once more in federal appeals court in Richmond, Va.
Govt. attorneys maintain evidence discovered since MacDonald's conviction and incarceration should be considered, which they feel, would exonerate the one-time emergency room doctor. The Feds continue to maintain he is the killer and the case should remain closed.
BATTLING BOOKS AS TO "WHO DONE IT"
The sensational slayings, which have been the object of several best-selling books (see EDITOR'S NOTE at end of this article), resulted in MacDonald successfully suing now-dead muckraker Joe McGinnis in 1987, whose publisher had to pay the ex-Special Forces physician $325,000 in damages.
McGinnis, who was widely panned for writing "fiction" and unsourced material in his book flop about Sen. Ted Kennedy (THE LAST BROTHER), had portrayed himself to MacDonald's legal team as a "sympathetic observer" and was given direct access to the Green Beret. But, after four years embedded with the defense attorneys, when MacDonald was convicted, McGinnis allegedly switched sides for profit - writing about a "killer doc" would make more money - and scored big bucks with the best-selling book FATAL VISION (adapted into a made-for-TV movie).
We have covered this battle over the years, and our view hasn't changed. If MacDonald cold-bloodedly killed his wife and children, he should burn in hell. But the prosecution's suspicious and illegal behavior in withholding evidence from the defense team and fighting tooth-and-nail to prevent a new trial from taking place, leads us to believe that is just what is needed - a new trial, based on ALL of the evidence from both sides. What are they afraid of?
Please let us know what you think. Thank you.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: -- Read FATAL VISION, by the aforementioned McGinnis; FATAL JUSTICE, a re-investigation of the MacDonald murders by Jeffrey Allen Potter and Fred Bost; and Academyaward-winning film-maker Errol Morris's recent book entitled: A WILDERNESS OF ERROR. Read them all, and then make up you mind for yourself.]
BREAK IN GREEN BERET MURDER CASE!
|FORTY YEARS SINCE GREEN BERET CAPTAIN'S
FAMILY MURDERED AT FT. BRAGG - WAS JEFFREY
MacDONALD A VICTIM OF INJUSTICE, OR IS HE A
COLD-BLOODED KILLER? - WHATEVER YOUR VIEW,
FEDS SHOULD ALLOW NEW TRIAL AND SETTLE
FOUR DECADE-OLD MYSTERY ONCE AND FOR ALL