MacDonald Murders +42 years

On this day in 1970, the wife and daughters of Army Green Beret physician Jeffrey MacDonald were murdered at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

This is a fascinating, if terribly sad, case. If you’re even slightly into “true crime” you couldn’t pick a better case to read about. And, if you think you know about the case because you’ve read Fatal Vision by Joe McGinniss, or saw the “made for tv” movie based on the book, then you are sadly mistaken…

At the very least, you should read Fatal Justice: Reinvestigating the MacDonald Murders by Jerry Allen Potter and Fred Bost, before passing judgment.

Ideally, you’d watch a 1989 BBC documentary that was shown in the U.S. on PBS titled “False Witness“. Unfortunately, it isn’t available on home video. (I was fortunate enough to obtain a copy from one of the filmmakers).

Another resource of interest is The MacDonald Case website.

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