Necessary background: "American Heart of Darkness" (Re the framing of Jeffrey MacDonald for the "Fatal Vision" murders, an ongoing federal campaign to cover up the importation of heroin in the body-bags of US soldiers killed in Vietnam. MacDonald learned of the body-bag express at Fort Bragg and was about to blow the whistle on it when his home was invaded by four documented guinea pigs in CIA LSD experiments, two of whom have confessed to the murders. MacDonald was stabbed, left for dead with a susperating chest wound. His wife and two young daughters were slaughtered. The lies exposed below are the latest of multiple, ongoing attempts to conceal evidence -- and facts that the mass media have shown absolutely no interest in revealing.)
By Drew Brooks
FayObserver.com, August 25, 2014
MacDonald, 70, is serving three life sentences for the February 1970 stabbing deaths of his pregnant wife, Colette, and daughters Kimberley, 5, and Kristen, 2, in their home on Fort Bragg.
A former Army captain who served as a doctor for a Special Forces unit, MacDonald was convicted following a seven-week trial in 1979 but has long contended that he and his family were the victims of a home invasion. He said he woke to find three men and a woman in his home and fought with the trio - described as "drug-crazed hippies" - before being knocked unconscious and stabbed once.
Investigators said MacDonald killed his family and made up that story.
Last month, Senior U.S. District Court Judge James C. Fox ruled that MacDonald's lawyers failed to establish that he shouldn't have been found guilty of the murder of his wife and two daughters.
Fox also said MacDonald's lawyers failed to establish the merits of new evidence presented at a seven-day hearing in September 2012.
As part of his 169-page order, Fox also denied a certificate of appealability, leaving the future of the case in question.
In the recent motion, MacDonald's lawyers said the DOJ report calls into question a former FBI investigator who worked on the MacDonald case.
That former investigator, Michael Malone, testified that synthetic hairs found in the MacDonald home most likely belonged to a doll.
MacDonald's lawyers had argued the hairs bolstered MacDonald's account of the attack that killed his family - that the hairs belonged to a wig worn by one of the attackers.
MacDonald's lawyers said they were unaware the federal government was investigating Malone.
The Office of Inspector General of the DOJ released its report on the FBI Laboratory in July. It devotes an entire chapter to Malone, who
MacDonald's lawyers said the DOJ report was not considered by the court in making its decision.
The DOJ report, titled
The report said Malone's "faulty analysis and scientifically unsupportable testimony" helped convict a man who was exonerated 27 years later and led to the reversal of at least five other convictions.
Malone retired from the FBI in 1999, but later performed background investigations for the bureau as a contract employee.
The FBI stopped associating with Malone in June, according to the DOJ report.
Colette MacDonald had 37 stab wounds - some from an ice pick, some from a knife - and was beaten. She had two broken arms and a fractured skull. His older daughter had a fractured skull and eight to 10 stab wounds. His younger daughter had 27 stab wounds.
Since his conviction, MacDonald has made repeated attempts at a new trial or to have his convictions overturned.
The case has long captured the nation's attention. It was the subject of the best-selling 1983 true crime book "Fatal Vision," which was turned into a television miniseries of the same name.