Jeffrey MacDonald Tries Again to Prove Innocence In N.C. Murder


One hundred miles separate the Fort Bragg, N.C., apartment where the murders occurred and the Wilmington, N.C., federal courthouse where Jeffrey MacDonald will make his latest stop on a tortuous legal path, says the Raleigh News & Observer. The case of the former Green Beret captain and Princeton-educated doctor convicted of slaughtering his family has endured for four decades, generating best-selling books, a top-rated TV miniseries, countless articles, and a bulging docket that includes review by the U.S. Supreme Court a remarkable seven times.

Is MacDonald, 68, a remorseless psychopath who is where he should be or an aching victim whose devastating loss has been compounded by a gross miscarriage of justice? Federal inmate No. 0131-177 will be behind the defense table Monday amid a reunion of characters familiar to those who have followed the legal drama's many chapters. Errol Morris, whose “A Wilderness of Error: The Trials of Jeffrey MacDonald,” is out this month, told the New York Times, “I believe he is innocent. I don't see any evidence to suggest that he is guilty.”

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