Important Events in the Life of Jeffrey MacDonald
Bernard Segal, disgusted and frustrated, convinced MacDonald that
a fresh approach might be in order, and that he would remain available
for counsel. Attorney Brian O'Neill replaces Segal.
Stoeckley is found dead in her apartment, Seneca, SC
Metzenbaum of OH and Cranston of CA pressure the government to override
Murtagh's orders, and begin releasing Freedom of Information Act materials
(FOIA) requested by MacDonald in 1980.
book "FATAL VISION" by Joe McGinniss (who had been granted full access
to the defense before, during and after trial) is published.
By deliberately manipulating conversations and events, Jeff's
"best friend" paints him as a narcissistic psychopath, despite a written
promise to "tell the truth". The book becomes a best seller.
Fourth Circuit Court of APpeals upholds Judge DuPree's ruling to deny
defense access to the former MacDonald apartment.
the prosecution had convinced the court that the apt. held nothing
of evidentiary value, Mutagh requests that FBI agent Madden be escorted
though the premises by Lt. Col. McNeill. Madden collects items
he considers useful to the prosecution.
apartment is destroyed, all contents including walls, floors, and
appliances are burned and buried at the dump in Ft. Bragg
DuPree refuses to remove himself from the case, citing that his former
son-in-law, James Proctor, being formerly being part of the prosecution,
did not influence his ability to be impartial.
student Donna Bruce convinces MacDonald to file a civil suit for fraud
against Joe McGinniss. Attorney Gary Bostwick files.
mini-series based on "FATAL VISION" is aired on NBC, and is #1 in
the ratings for the week.
Coolidge, former US Attorney for the Eastern District of NC, who fought
so hard to indict MacDonald, is disbarred after being caught embezzling
funds from clients.
DuPree rejects all defense motions for a new trial. He cites
the 2 pajama fibers found on the club (murder weapon) as the most
incriminating evidence offered at trial. (Later found to be
black wool, through FOIA). The defense appeals.
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) files a friend
of the court brief, contending that MacDonald is wrongly convicted.
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upholds Dupree's ruling and refuses
to reopen the case.
MacDonald is transferred from the prison in TX to FCI Black Canyon
in Phoenix, AZ.
David C. Raskin, one of the country's renowned polygraphers, tests
MacDonald and finds "no deception"
Thomas T. Noguchi, a leading forensic expert, publishes an opinion
on the MacDonald case, stating that, given the physical evidence,
one person alone could not have committed the murders.
Supreme Court upholds the lower courts decision.
McGinniss offers MacDonald $200K to drop his law suit.
civil trial against McGinniss begins in an LA federal court. In order
to attend court, MacDonald is required to pay transportation costs
from AZ to CA, the cost of his incarceration in CA, and the expense
of federal marshals to guard him. Judge Rea denies McGinniss's motion
to throw the case out.
suit ends in a mistrial, as a result of a 5 to 1 hung jury in MacDonald's
favor. The hold out juror had refused to deliberate after fellow
jurors rebuffed her attempts to spend time listening to her views
on animal rights.
than face a second trial, McGinniss settles out of court for $325,000.
and Mildred Kassab file a lawsuit, requesting that the settlement
money be given to them.
Potter and Fred Bost begin work on the book "FATAL JUSTICE"
a four day trial (Kassab vs. MacDonald), Judge Ross decides the following:
The $325K settlement will be divided between MacDonald's attorneys
($104K), MacDonald's mother ($93K) Mildred Kassab (80K) and the rest
to Jeff MacDonald.
Harvey Silverglate and Alan Dershowitz agree to take on Jeffrey MacDonald's
MacDonald, Jeff's mother, dies