On Michael Malone and the Jeffrey MacDonald Case

by Jamison Koehler on May 2, 2010

I have written a number of posts over the last couple of months about the Donald E. Gates case. As you will recall, Gates was convicted of a crime he did not commit and initially spent 16 years in jail in large part due to the false testimony of former FBI analyst Michael P. Malone.  In 1997, after the government became aware of problems with Malone’s testimony, Gates then spent another 12 years in prison before the government notified his attorneys of what they had found out. Gates wasn’t released until December 2009. This was 28 years after he was falsely convicted.

Jeffrey and Kathryn MacDonald (c) 2007

A  couple of weeks ago, I got a call from a woman who told me she had been following my posts on Donald Gates.  I am always glad to hear from readers of this blog – either by phone, by email or through a comment on the site – and I thanked her for her kind words.

When I asked her who she was, she told me that she was named Kathryn and that she was the wife of Jeffrey MacDonald.

I was racking my brain to determine why the name sounded so familiar. Had I grown up with him?  Gone to college or law school with him?  Worked with him?  Then it occurred to me:  “You mean the famous Jeffrey MacDonald?  The Jeffrey MacDonald from the book and T.V. show from 20 years ago?”

There was a moment of silence on the other end of the line.  “I don’t know that he’s famous,” the woman said.  “But, yes, there was a book about 30 years ago.”

The caller was Jeffrey MacDonald’s current wife, Kathryn.  She had read my blog entries on Michael Malone and wanted to find out what else I might know.  She told me that Malone had also been involved in her husband’s case through an affidavit filed by the government during MacDonald’s appeal in 1990.  The affidavit played a key role in the court’s denial of the appeal.  And, as with Malone’s testimony in the Gates and other cases, the affidavit was later proven to have been false.

Malone had been, as it turns out, a one-man conviction machine before being transferred out of forensics in 1997, a man whose testimony played a key role in securing convictions for Donald Gates and a number of other defendants. He lied about having done tests and research he never conducted.  He got on the stand and testified to scientific conclusions completely unsupported by the facts. He was the “go-to” guy for prosecutors.  When other analysts refused to testify for the government, citing contrary or inconsistent results, prosecutors knew they could go to Malone for the testimony they were seeking. Malone could always be counted on to testify to whatever they needed him to say.

Jeffrey MacDonald (c) 1970

For those of you who are not familiar with the MacDonald case, the case made national news when, one early morning in February 1970, military personnel were called to the apartment of Jeffrey MacDonald and his family at Fort Bragg.  Upon arrival, response personnel found MacDonald unconscious and lying next to the body of his dead wife.  His two daughters were found brutally murdered in their bedrooms. MacDonald himself had been stabbed with a knife with enough force to puncture a lung. He was also suffering from head and other wounds.

MacDonald told investigators that he had stayed up late that night after his wife and daughters went to bed. He said he was sleeping on the couch in the living room when he heard his wife and children screaming.  He himself was attacked and knocked unconscious by two men, accompanied by another man and a woman wearing a blond wig under a floppy hat. He recalled the woman chanting “acid is groovy” and “kill the pigs.”  When MacDonald awoke, his wife and daughters were dead.

While the case made national news at the time, many people know about the case because of Fatal Vision, a book Joe McGinniss wrote about the case in 1983.  McGinniss claimed he believed in MacDonald’s innocence at the time he began research for the book.  He suggested he was initially enamored with the good-looking, all-American former Green Beret and doctor who had been unable to protect his family from the group of hippies who invaded the house that night.

McGinniss was granted complete access to MacDonald and his legal team during the time period prior to MacDonald’s trial in 1979, in fact becoming a formal member of the MacDonald defense team, and he reportedly shared living quarters with MacDonald during the trial.  While it is unclear exactly when McGinniss began to doubt MacDonald’s innocence, he certainly had no doubts as to MacDonald’s guilt at the time he completed the book.

McGinniss maintained in the book that he had trouble reconciling MacDonald’s account with the lack of evidence suggesting anyone else had been in the apartment that night. He couldn’t figure out why a strong and healthy Green Beret hadn’t been able to ward off the intruders and protect his family or why MacDonald had suffered only superficial injuries given the brutality with which the rest of his family had been murdered.  The saddest part of the book, if I recall it correctly, is the passage in which, according to McGinness’ account, MacDonald had already killed his wife and oldest daughter.  McGinniss is almost compassionate in describing how difficult it must have been for MacDonald to carry out the last act necessary to complete the triple homicide; that is, the killing of his two-year-old daughter Kristen.

The McGinniss book is still controversial in many respects. The relationship of a writer to his subject continues to be as relevant today as it was then. There were, for example, questions as to whether McGinnis lied about his true intentions to MacDonald in order to maintain the unfettered access to MacDonald that McGinniss enjoyed. Throughout the time period from trial to publication of the book, McGinniss maintained that his book “would tell the true story” and help MacDonald clear his name.  McGinniss also lived in MacDonald’s house during this time period, with home-cooked meals prepared by MacDonald’s mother. It is difficult to believe that McGinniss hadn’t begin to question MacDonald’s innocence well before this point.

More importantly, it is unclear to what extent McGinniss was reacting simply to the evidence that was available at the time and to what extent he was eager on writing a book that would sell. McGinniss later admitted that he had been pressured by his publisher to sharpen the manuscript (he eventually settled a lawsuit brought by MacDonald for $350,000), and he did end up with a compelling story.  I remember coming away from reading it with absolute certainty that MacDonald had killed his family.

Jeffrey MacDonald (c) 2008

Since Fatal Vision, a number of other people have looked at the same facts and arrived at a completely different conclusion.  In Fatal Justice from 1995, for example, Jerry Allen Potter and Fred Bost tell a different story.  It turns out that there was plenty of evidence supporting MacDonald’s account of that night, things that were never mentioned in the McGinniss book. Military policemen responding to the scene that night did in fact see a woman standing alone at 3:55 am in a wide, floppy-brimmed hat near the MacDonald apartment.  And a woman named Helena Stoeckley eventually came forward to confess that she had been in the apartment that morning and could name the murderers.  She said she had worn a blond wig, a floppy hat and boots, just as MacDonald described.  She also passed a lie detector test.

Fatal Justice also details a long and horrifying list of abuses committed by prosecutors, investigators, and judges in the MacDonald case. While the list is far too lengthy to describe in detail here, you are left with the conclusion that Malone’s false affidavit was just the tip of the iceberg.  The list includes multiple instances in which the prosecution failed to turn over exculpatory evidence in the government’s possession that would have confirmed large parts of MacDonald’s version of events that night.  Other evidence that implicated MacDonald and that was used at trial to convict him miraculously appeared many years after the initial investigation.

The point is, while I have no more ability to assess the accuracy of Fatal Justice than I had upon reading the McGinniss book more than thirty years ago, there was clearly much more to the story than McGinniss suggested.

On the phone a couple of weeks ago, Kathryn MacDonald tells me that she knows her husband is innocent.  She tells me this without prompting because I never could have asked.  She could never be married to him, she tells me, if she thought he might have done those things.

Kathryn MacDonald is about my age, but she is pretty and her voice is youthful.  She is so pleasant, so unassuming, so convinced of her husband’s innocence that I want very much to believe her.

But I really don’t know what to believe. The problem is, until the government can take the necessary steps to prevent abuses like the Michael P. Malone cases, we can never know what to believe.  Any confidence we might have had in the government’s ability to sort through these same facts and arrive at the right solution through the judicial system is completely belied by the government’s handling of the Michael P. Malone case.

Multiple prosecutors, both federal and state, called Michael Malone to the stand to testify for the government in numerous cases when they either knew or should have known that the testimony he was about to deliver was false. Multiple supervisors within Malone’s chain of command at the FBI refused to take corrective action when alerted to repeated instances of Malone’s perjury.  Malone was relieved of his forensic responsibilities in 1997 and retired in 1999, and while the government claims it is now investigating him and other analysts against whom similar accusations have been leveled, Malone has never, as far as I know, been disciplined or sued.  And, in many cases, Justice officials waited for years (13 years in the Donald Gates case) to notify defense counsel of the Malone abuses.

A couple of month ago, I suggested that the new forensic laboratory currently being built in the District of Columbia should be named after Donald E. Gates, the man who spent 28 years of his life in jail because of the false testimony of Michael P. Malone.  The idea, I argued, would be to remind every single person who worked in the lab upon arriving at work each day of the horrifying injustice that can occur when the public trust is abused.   At the very least, it should remind each person of what happened to Mr. Gates.  Pointing to the National Academy of Science recommendation on the need to preserve the independence of forensic labs, I also argued that D.C.’s new lab should be completely independent of the Metropolitan Police Department or any other law enforcement group operating within the District.

Failing this latter suggestion, you might as well name the facility after Michael P. Malone instead. The failure to ever hold Malone accountable for the injuries he inflicted on Donald Gates, Jeffrey MacDonald and others makes Malone the winner and all the rest of us the losers in this whole sordid mess. A government laboratory dedicated to Malone would be a fitting memorial to this legacy.

Note:  United States v. MacDonald is, after 40 years, under review by the Fourth Circuit on an actual innocence claim.

Sources:  Fatal Vision by Joe McGinniss, 1983;  Fatal Vision by Jerry Allen Potter & Fred Bost, 1995; Tainting Evidence:  Inside the Scandals at the FBI Crime Lab by John Kelly and Phillip Wearne, 1998.

32 Comments on “On Michael Malone and the Jeffrey MacDonald Case

  1. Fantastic post. I have always said that, as a prosecutor, my biggest nightmare would be to convict someone who is innocent. I take some comfort knowing that it will never, ever, happen on purpose. If something is even remotely Brady material I make sure defense counsel knows, and our open-file policy for discovery is another buffer.

    Again, great post.

  2. It just goes to show you that you can never believe what you read or see on T.V. I remember the book and the T.V. mini-series but I had no idea there was another side to the story. It is very unsettling to think what our government can be capable of doing. Thank you for bringing this to light. My heart goes out to Katherine MacDonald and her family.

  3. I’m hopeful that your insightful piece will help bring attention to the need to have ALL of Malone’s cases reviewed – right now, because of Mr. Gates’ wrongful imprisonment, his D.C. cases are being reviewed. Your readers may be interested in this link (Malone #1 of Top 10 Unwanted Forensic Experts) at http://www.criminaljustice.org/FBIFILES/fbiunw.htm – they reference the Wall Street Journal’s story on Malone’s fraud in U.S. v. MacDonald. The WSJ story (from 1997- the same year Malone lied in the Gates case) can be viewed at this link http://www.themacdonaldcase.org/wsjfbi.html

  4. As a layperson, I found the comment from D.A. Confidential quite reassuring. Courtroom TV shows lead you to believe that prosecutors and defense attorneys try to win at all costs, but for him to say that his biggest nightmare is to convict someone who is innocent paints quite a different picture and makes me more of a believer in the system.

  5. You are a lot more open-minded than I. Acid is groovy? Kill the pigs? Gimme a break.

  6. TPorterfield: While those phrases may sound strange to modern-day ears, don’t forget that this was in 1970. People actually said things like “groovy” back then. If I recall correctly, the murders of Jeffrey MacDonald’s family happened within a year of the Charles Manson killings in which very similar things were said. And nobody has ever questioned that there were intruders in that case.

  7. I’ve followed this case ever since seeing “Fatal Vision” and reading the book in the mid-90s. There are so many things people not intimately familiar with the case fail to understand. Yes, a prima facie case for MacDonald’s innocence can be made, however when one looks at MacDonald’s story and compares it with the evidence, things begin to unravel. For example, MacDonald said he was knocked unconscious then “came to” with the intruders gone and his pajama top around his wrists. If that were so, then why do the holes in his pajama top match the puncture wounds in his already-dead wife’s chest? MacDonald has also always contended that when the source of the “mystery” hair found clutched in his wife’s hand was found, the killer would be found. That hair was a perfect match to Jeffrey MacDonald’s DNA profile. MacDonald also said he attempted to resuscitate his wife and two daughters at least one time each, possibly two. Then why were the little girls found on their sides, with the covers pulled up, as though they had been “tucked in?” And the arriving MPs couldn’t even see Kim (the oldest daughter) in her bed because it was so dark. Yet MacDonald denies turning on the lights and turning them back off again, and there was no blood on the light switches. I could go on and on, but I won’t.

    True, the crime scene was badly corrupted. But there still exists no reasonable doubt in my mind that MacDonald, and only MacDonald could have committed these horrific killings.

  8. I’ve read the court decision in this case dealing with the claim that Malone’s affidavit in this case is false and that Malone committed fraud. Maybe I’m missing something in reading that, but I don’t see that it has been determined that Malone lied in this case – he believed that saran is not used for wigs and he did indeed match one of the blond fibers to the FBI’s doll exemplar collection.

    One of the claims made in Fatal Justice is that evidence of “bloody gloves” was withheld from the defense – turns out the “bloody gloves” were oven mitts with old brown stains found in the kitchen. So according to Fatal Justice, the killers wore oven mitts during the murders and put them back in the kitchen when they were done?

    Also, the Manson killers left physical evidence at the scene – Watson left a finger print, as did Krenwinkel. There is not one iota of physical evidence linking the “killer hippies” top this crime scene.

  9. I don’t know if Jamison was a teenager in N.C. in 1970 but I was and nobody cool said “groovy.” It was something that would elicit a snicker from the majority who would assume that kid was mimicking something heard on TV or in the movies – very “Hollywood.” Southern or not, we were East Coast kids who were more impressed with New York, D.C. or Miami.
    Most people I knew thought MacDonald was guilty and had acted in a psychotic rage brought on by abusing amphetamines. This was a particularly cruel irony considering he ranted on about drug crazed hippies.

  10. I was in fact a teenager at that time — in Massachusetts — and take your point on the whole “groovy” thing. If I recall things correctly, far more damaging to MacD0nald’s case was, I think, the fact there was a magazine in the apartment at the time of the murder with an article about the Manson case in which these types of words were used.

    But I would push back on the whole psychotic rage thing. Most people believe this theory, I think, because that is the conclusion Joe McGinniss came to in Fatal Vision. But, again if I recall correctly, McGinniss himself has disowned that theory, saying that it was something forced on him by his publishers.

  11. The Macdonald case was litigated properly even without the very damning DNA evidence that has since come to light. There was a limb hair clutched in Colette Macdonald’s hand that for years his defense team and Macdonald himself said would prove once and for all who the killer was. DNA testing proved that that hair belonged to Macdonald himself, the killer indeed. The juror’s in his trial got it right even without that DNA evidence being available to them. End of story, Macdonald is a cold blooded killer, period.

  12. To determine the truth behind Malone’s position on the saran fibers you might want to talk to an individual named Lucia Bartolli, a friend of Jeffrey McDonald, who talked to me years ago about Malone’s connection with the saran fibers. Lucia knew nothing about such fibers but while investigating the issue found that Malone had approached individuals in the saran fiber industry who told Malone that such fibers were actually found in wigs and Malone had ignored their information. I am sure that Kathryn McDonald could tell you how to reach Lucia Bartolli out in California.

  13. Mr. Whitehurst: I am very familiar with your name. It is an honor to have you commenting on this site.

  14. I just wanted to add that jeffrey macdonald’s case may appear to some as a “”miscarriage of justice”. however, the victims in this case who brutally murdered, an “overkill” while jeffrey macdonald received superficial wounds. when his wife yelled “jeff jeff why are they doing this to me” supposedly all 4 assailants were in the living room attacking him. according to jeffrey’s own explanation for the events that night. the really interesting part of the investigation was the blood type analysis conducted by paul strombaugh (sp) that told the story of that night. since all 4 of the macdonalds had different blood types, jeffrey’s testimony was contradicted. also his pajama top would have been shredded if the assailants were trying to stab him as he claimed. acide is groovey- that alone is funny, however i read that on an acid trip a murder this horrible could never been so well organized and why was jeffrey not stabbed 20 times? surely they would not want to leave a live witness. this was not the case with !

  15. I doubt if Kathryn McDonald wants anyone talking to Lucia Bartoli – they can’t stand each other, and are quite bitter in their statements about the other. Lucia believes him guilty, although she qualifies that with the belief that he was the victim of a psy-ops experiment involving ketamine – believes that’s what caused him to snap.

  16. ! i SAY THIS N I SAY THIS FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART I HOPE HE ROT N HELL N FUCK THAT LADY HE MARRIED 2 SHE IS A DAMN FOOL 4 BELEAEING HE DIDNT KILL HIS FAMLIY N UNBORN CHILD N 2 ALL U WHOM THINK THIS MAN SHOULD B FREE U R A DAMN FOOL N TO U LAWYERS AS WELLL U R A DAMN FOOL BECUZZZ HE DIDIT N KNOW ONE ELS WAS N HIS HOUSE HE JUST WANTED TO B FREE N DIDNT WANT NO MORE KIDS THATS ALLL FUCK HIS OLD ASSS HE BEEN N JAIL ALL HIS LIFE N HE NEEDS 2 STAY THERE THIS IS ONE MOVIE I LOVE N WHEN I C IT IT HURT MY HEART 2 KNOW THAT SOME 1 CAN KILL LIKE THIS N THINK THEY CAN GET AWAY WITH IT WITH JUST TELLING A LIE FUCK N N R U 4 REAL KILL THE PIG”SSS YEAH HE HIS THE PIG N A GOING 2 DIE N JAIL N I HOPE HE DO KILL THAT PIG FUCKING PRICK!

  17. It strikes me that ‘kill the pigs’ could well have been written by teens who were high on dope. The Sharon Tate/LaBianca/Hinman murders had been committed only a short time before. Atkins wrote “pig” on the front door in Tate’s blood–and you may remember that Tate was also pregnant, just like Mrs. MacDonald.

    The Sharon Tate murders may well have been an inspiration for this group of misfits to commit the MacDonald murders. It’s too bad there was such a long time period before In reviewing some of the testimony in the MacDonald case – and Helena Stoeckley was questioned. Looking at the errors with the chain of evidence; and the fact that the young drug addict girl, Helena Stoeckley and her pals were protected by CID….describes a tragic situation that needs to be rectified.

    The cult that murdered Jeffrey MacDonald’s wife and children was part of a drug pipeline from Viet Nam straight into Ft. Bragg. Stoeckley said high ranking Army officials, including two Army generals, were involved in it, as well as members of CID, and even some members of the Fayetteville PD.

    The lead CID investigator at the MacDonald crime scene, who said that MacDonald “staged” the massacre of his family, was William Ivory, a man fingered by Helena Stoeckley for being involved with a Fayetteville Police detective named Lieutenant Rudy Studer in drug dealing. Stoeckley would give up the details about Ivory and Studer’s illicit activities if she could cut a deal with prosecutors and get immunity. But that never happened.

    It didn’t have to – too many people were trying to cover their asses, and pinning the murders on MacDonald was a clean solution.

    This is a story even more gripping than the Manson Family’s, in my opinion. Read some of the accounts of both the Manson Family murders – and the group that killed the MacDonald family to see a few of the parallels. I hope the new Mrs. MacDonald is able to get some justice for her husband, and that he is freed.

    After all, at least one member of the Manson family served only 6 years and was able to go on with her life…and every single person in the Manson family was guilty. In fact, Charlie is up for parole this year! If his victims’ families don’t keep attending those hearings, I shudder to think that that nut would be back on the streets.

    If you’ve ever seen interviews with MacDonald, you can see he is a far cry from any of the Manson Family nuts. He is a Princeton-educated gentleman who went to Northwestern to become a doctor. MacDonald has been served a travesty of justice…and a good part of his life has been wasted in prison for what looks like a crime he did not commit.

    So I’d really like to know more about the four freaks that got away with killing the MacDonalds family. They just about got away with killing the Captain, too- by beating him over the head with a baseball bat and stabbing him in the chest with an ice pick. It is SO sad…but hopefully, something will be done through the courts to exonerate him.

    See On-Scene Detective Identifies Cult Members Responsible for 1970 MacDonald ‘Green Beret’ Murders & Army/Police Complicity in Cover-up

  18. MacDonald is exactly where he should be. There were no intruders, and if you examine the evidence carefully, you can see that MacDonald’s story about what happened was a pure fabrication.

    Cao, directing people to Ken Adachi’s web site is a laugh. This idiot thinks aliens are here, and have infiltrated our bodies – just one of his moronic beliefs. He knows nothing about the MacDonald case.

    Jeffrey MacDonald slaughtered his pregnant wife and two precious daughters. Hopefully, this narcissistic psychopath will never get out of prison.

  19. That Jeff MacDonald committed these murders is not in dispute by many. This case has all of the hallmarks defining that define an “overkill” type of homicide. Only someone close enough to the baby stabs he baby 15 or 20 times. Only someone close to the wife assaults her so severely that her arm is broken and her jaw is fractured. These are not the crimes of a stranger in the night. They are the crimes of somebody who is innately familiar with these people on a level deep enough to provoke the type of rage necessary to facilitate crime like this.

    The one issue that remains is his utter lack of any remorse whatsoever. This man has lived with this crime and he consequences of it for over four decades. That he has done so speaks to a psychopathy that is rarely seen. This is cunning and intelligent manipulator, who takes great pleasure in tricking people into believing his lies. That he has culled a following is is the gratification he needed to keep him going all this time. It’s what made it all worth it.

    He is exactly where he belongs.

  20. If indeed hippies did kill MacDonald’s family in a similar attack to that of Sharon Tate et al, what strikes me is, it’s one thing to take on some movie stars and a hairdresser as I recall, but it’s another to take on a Green Beret who is highly trained in hand to hand combat. I so want to believe that MacDonald didn’t do this but I find it hard to accept that he could not defend himself against a few weak and washed out drug addicts, one of whom was a woman. My dad served in 2 wars including Korea and he would have annihilated anyone who tried to lay a hand on me.

  21. After working in the New York State courts for 32 years, I have seen many
    instances of abuse by both prosecutors, defense counsel and judges–getting
    a fair trial is sometimes very difficult since everybody seems to be concerned
    with clearing the docket–whatever the cost. The big thing that works for most defendants in New York (and especially the lower court) is the ADA’s
    willingness to offer such sweet plea deals that hardly anybody goes to trial.
    Why take any risk when a “conditional discharge” is a sure thing.

  22. I tried to keep an open mind about this case, especially since Errol Morris is involved; however, I am not able to believe that anyone other than Jeffry MacDonald is responsible for this crime. Yes, the crime scene was badly corrupted, but the crime and its circumstances strongly, STRONGLY evince domestic violence. It is nothing short of ridiculous that this man has amassed, from what I gather, something of a cult following.

  23. I would like to add that I am not naive to the fact that the justice system has wrongfully convicted hundreds of innocent people, sometimes with willful indifference; however, I would have to dispel all my common sense to buy into the narrative that this man is one of those innocents.

  24. Mr. Koehler is just another of Kathryn’s marks. She is notorious for seeking out lawyers/journalists who know next to nothing about the facts of this case and laying it on thick about how her husband is some sort of tortured innocent. The documented record says otherwise. The Government produced 1,100 evidentiary items at trial and that was only about 60 percent of their case file. All of the SOURCED evidence in this case points to Jeffrey MacDonald as the perp. This includes DNA, blood, fibers, hair, bloody footprints, fabric damage, bloody fabric and non-fabric impressions.

    When it comes to commenting on Michael Malone’s work on the MacDonald case, Mr. Koehler should stick to what he knows. Several of Malone’s conclusions went unrebutted by MacDonald’s lawyers. Chief among them was Malone matching one of the three saran fibers to doll hair in the FBI’s exemplar collection. Malone was able to demonstrate that the most likely source of the saran fibers were dolls owned by the MacDonald children. The fact that Malone’s work in the MacDonald case has never been challenged or questioned by the FBI or the appellate courts speaks to its unquestionable validity.

  25. I continue to read things about a case after the fact. The people writing about this case are only doing so from data about the case which has been accepted. This case is a text only judgement based entirely on items the procecution and previous judges have accepted.

    Never-the-less, in 1970 I lived there and witnessed the miscarriage of justice carried out by the courts; intentionally. I also knew people there attempting to support MacDonald and how evidence disappeared from the police department and jail. I also knew what the word was on the street. Yes, they were going to teach MacDonald a lesson. Perhaps they were the ones that needed to be taught. This entire case is a primary example of gov’t coorruption.

  26. He never once mentions his children or unborn child. Never once mentions looking for the real killers. I believe HS and others may have been in the Apt before, but only to purchase drugs. JM was probably hepped up on speed… He was also a serial cheat/liar to his wife, a lot like Scott Peterson, the Rico Suave lady’s man with a very dark side. They ought to be cell mates. Same motive. Just look at where all the evidence points. As smooth and charming as He appears, underneath lies an evil psychopathic narcissistic killer only interested in himself. Every interview is always “poor me”, I did this, I, I, I… It’s sickening that anyone could believe for one second what he’s selling. I ain’t buying it. I’ve read the books and seen the interviews. He’s guilty of quadruple homicide. Period. End of story.

  27. I think you need to read the mcguiness book again as it clearly states that the policeman did see a girl in a floppy brim hat and also he did mention Helena stockly in his book quite a lot. Might want to get the acts right enforce oing a blog on it. Rebecca.

  28. I believe the man. I believe he is innocent. I think drug addicts did this. I believe there was no forced entry, because some either left a window open or somehow maybe the house key was stolen. I don’t think a man women kill his family then call police, then have Multiply stabs wounds on his body. It’s crazy.

  29. As a Psychotherapist of some 25 years I can understand the misplaced loyalty of Kathryn MacDonald. Jeffrey was once the symbolic poster child of a charming sociopath whose easy charm and wit ingratiated itself into those he came in contact with. Now at age 71 Jeffrey knows he will never see the light of day, his brashness and self-assured demeanor of decades prior is gone. He wants to die as somewhat of a martyr of injustice, though this is surely not the case as he alone massacred his wife and 2 daughters, depriving them of full enriched lives. Conning his wife Kathryn for years on end of his innocence he has deprived her of a fuller life with a man of real substance.

  30. He is guilty and anyone who thinks otherwise is wrong.

  31. MacDonald could have gotten out on parole as early as 1992 but he is incapable of saying he is guilty. He did it and deals with prison as he knows he belongs there. My hat goes off to Freddy Kasab who fought long and hard to get Jeffrey convicted. I hope him and Colette’s mother died in peace.

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