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.”