MacDonald was born and raised in Patchogue, NY, and
had known Jeff MacDonald since grade school. They dated as teenagers,
and married in the fall of 1963. Colette attended two years
at Skidmore College; her first priority was being a loving wife
and mother. She had an intuitive sense about people, and a wry
sense of humor. She enjoyed the arts, music, movies and reading,
and continued taking classes while the family lived in Chicago, and
then North Carolina. She hoped to get a degree in English Literature,
and possibly be a teacher someday. She was pregnant with
the family's third child at the time of her murder.
Kimberley MacDonald (1969)
MacDonald, who was born in April, 1964, was Colette
and Jeff's first child. Reserved and less outgoing than her
little sister, Kim was a good student who attended school on post
at Fort Bragg, and is remembered by her family as a very bright student
and loving, gentle child - a little girl who loved to read and
Kristen MacDonald (1969)
born in May, 1967. Kristen was very much the tomboy, very outgoing
and precocious. She loved animals, sliding boards and birthday
parties, and was a joy to all who knew her.
She was a very active child and loved the outdoors.
Jeff MacDonald (1963)
MacDonald grew up in Patchogue, New York,
where he and Colette met and eventually married. Kim was born while
the family was in New Jersey, where Jeff attended Princeton University.
Kristen was born while Jeff attended medical school at Northwestern
University in Chicago. The family then moved to Fort Bragg,
NC., where Jeff became a group surgeon in the Special Forces (Green
Berets). He and Colette were looking forward to the birth of
their third child at the time of the murders.