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Jeffrey MacDonald: Is it Possible That He’s Innocent?

September 17th, 2012 by Michael Tabor
Jeffrey MacDonald has been clamoring for a new trial for more than 3 decades, and it now has been confirmed that he will get one. For anyone who has forgotten MacDonald, he was the Special Forces Green Beret officer and Medical Doctor who was convicted in 1979 (the murders occurred in Feb. of 1970) of brutally beating and stabbing his wife and 2 young daughters to death. It was as vicious and sickening of a crime as one can ever imagine; MacDonald’s pregnant wife (would have been their third child) was repeatedly bludgeoned and stabbed 37 times with an ice pick and a knife. His 2 year old daughter was stabbed 33 times (can you fathom such a twisted thing?) and her 5 year old little sister was clubbed and stabbed in the neck a dozen times. How can any person, let alone a father and husband commit such a heinous crime?
I didn’t read the book, ‘Fatal Vision’, but I saw the movies and mini-series about this case and I certainly was convinced that Jeffrey MacDonald was guilty. However, there is a new book out called ‘A Wilderness of Error’ by the renowned documentary filmmaker Errol Morris who claims that MacDonald didn’t get a fair trial and there was a woman (now deceased) who said that she and three other men committed the crime. This woman, Helena Stoeckley, initially did say that she was involved when she was initially deposed, but then reversed her position when she was up on the witness stand. What happened there you may ask? Well, first of all Helena Stoeckly suffered from mental illness and she was also a drug addict. As a matter of fact, she died of cirrhosis of the liver in 1983 when she was only 32 years old. So most people just dismissed her testimony anyway and deemed her as an unreliable witness.
For all these years MacDonald has maintained that this was a “Charles Manson – like” triple homicide (The Manson murders were the talk of the town at the time and someone had written “PIG” on the headboard of the bed). Therefore, with this new trial and now DNA, we will finally find out if Jeffrey MacDonald was really a victim, or an unspeakable psychopathic monster.
So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? Do you think Jeffrey MacDonald is innocent? Did you ever think he was? There are reams of interviews on YouTube, a couple of movies about the case, and at least two books about this tragic affair.  We shall soon find out.
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6 Responses to “Jeffrey MacDonald: Is it Possible That He’s Innocent?”

  1. magdalena tabor Says:

    After so much time has passed, and with various members associated with the case now deceased, all we really have to go on is the DNA. The 3 hairs found inside the house do not match the DNA of MacDonald, his wife, or the children. It would seem that this is enough to exonerate Macdonald, and yet, as powerful as DNA evidence is, how do we know MacDonald didn’t put someone up to the task? The pajama top he claims he used to deflect the blows of the ice pic against himself revealed puctures but when actually demonstarted in court, it should have been torn to shreds. MacDonald survived with what was described as self inflicted wounds while his family suffered horrific multiple blows and stabbings. This, and the fact that only a coffee table was upturned leads me to doubt his innocence. Again, how well did he know the intruders, if this in fact the case?

  2. Michael Tabor Says:

    You can see how torn up Jeffrey MacDonald was, just months after the murders here on Dick Cavett http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWrLpng7xsM How can he smile – the worst thing that can ever happen to a person – your wife and 2 baby daughters are gresomely murdered. What kind of a monster can stab a baby girl, over & over.

  3. Michael Tabor Says:

    Cheryl Coutts I read the book and saw the movie. Quilty…..his wounds were not that serious and he was stabbed in just the right spot….no way would a man who loved his family only get away with that wound. A father would do everything to protect his family…..there is no way that his family could have been beaten so badly and he walked away as he did. No way…Chris

    September 17 at 3:59pm · Like

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