- Hi Jeff,
- The last time I sent you an update on the Jeffrey MacDonald
"Green Beret" murder case was in early 2006 when I sent you an
article about the blockbuster revelation of former US Deputy Marshal Jimmy
Britt that he had witnessed James Blackburn, the North Carolina prosecuting
attorney in the 1979 MacDonald murder trial, threaten Helena Stoeckley,
a first hand witness to the MacDonald murders, with a murder INDICTMENT
if she dared said anything on the witness stand at the trial that would
help establish MacDonald's innocence. For those who don't know, that's
called Witness Tampering and it's against the law-especially for a prosecutor
to do it.
- A year later, the mother of Helena Stoeckley, had given
a sworn affidavit to the MacDonald defense team that her daughter, Helena,
had confessed to her on two separate occasions that she had been part
of the satanic drug group that were responsible for the MacDonald murders
in Feb 1970. Both affidavits from Jimmy Britt and Mrs Stoeckley were
not acted acted upon by North Carolina presiding Judge James Fox until
after BOTH Mr. Britt and Mrs Stoeckley had died, and then ruled that there
was not suffcient reason to allow an appeal based on exculpatory evidence.
- Fortunately, a change in personnel in the Fourth District
Court of Appeals over-ruled Judge Fox's decision and issued a Certificate
of Appealability to the MacDonald defense team over objections from prosecutor
Brian Murtagh of the Dept of Justice, who is STILL the SAME prosecutor
in this case THIRTY NINE years after the killings. The MacDoanld team will
present their briefs in the latter part of July and the government has
until august 20 to respond. This MAY be the beginning of the End of Dr.
Jeffrey MacDoanld's long and arduous nightmare. I can only hope and pray
that his vindication is at hand.
- Best Regards, Ken Adachi
- The Railroading of Dr. Jeffrey R. MacDonald
- By Ken Adachi
- October 1, 2005
- The Railroading of Dr. Jeffrey R. MacDonald (Oct.
- [Update. July 10, 2009: I did two internet radio
shows on the MacDonald case with Don Nicoloff on his Evident Footprints
program in June.
- Ken Adachi's Two Part Radio Interview on the Dr Jeffrey
MacDonald Case (July 11, 2009)
- The June 18, 2009 interview covered the basic facts
of the sensational and lurid "Green Beret murders" (thanks to
back-stabber/author Joe McGinniss) and the subsequent railroading of Dr
Jeffrey MacDonald for the crime, while the June 23, 2009 interview discusses
the more recent developments in the case with the issuance of a Certificate
of Appealability (COA) by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals which opens
the door for the MacDonald defence team to present a brief to the 4th Circuit
court in early August 2009, which may lead to a dramatic turn of events
for Dr MacDonald. All the relevant documents on the latest development
in this case are carefully posted by Kathryn MacDonald at their web site,
- I urge you to pay special attention to the notarized
statements of the late US Marshal Jimmy Britt and that of Mrs Helena Stoeckley
(mother of Helean Stoeckley) whose daughter was a member of the satanic
drug cult who entered the MacDonald home in the early morning hours of
February 17, 1970 and witnessed the murders of Jeffrey MacDonald's wife
Colette, and their two small children.
- No individual in the history of this country has
been more thoroughly abused by judicial misconduct than Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald.
The American public must come to know the true facts surrounding this case
and realize the gravity of the crime perpetuated against him by those responsible
for his railroading. The man is INNOCENT and always has been. A chronology
of the events surrounding the MacDonald case can see seen at this link:
- Be sure to also read Jeff & Kathryn MacDonald's
latest update letter posted to their web site on June 30, 2009....Ken Adachi]
- I first learned of the horrendous injustice inflicted
upon Dr. Jeffrey R. MacDonald in a talk given by retired FBI Senior Special-Agent-In-Charge
Ted Gunderson on the night of July 7, 1999 in Garden Grove, California.
I didn't know Ted personally at the time, but I did know of his efforts
to expose the role of satanism (and the CIA) in the abuse of young children
who are kidnapped, sexually assaulted, prostituted, sold at auctions, mind
controlled, and sacrificed in satanic rituals. I had a vague memory of
reading about the infamous "Green Beret" murders somewhere in
the 1970's in Newsweek or Time magazine and I remember seeing the trailers
on TV in the 80's advertising the mini series about the Green Beret murders
(which I did not watch), but I had no firm recollection of the specifics
of the case, other than the fact that it was a notorious crime and generated
a lot of press.
- MacDonald had already served twenty years in prison
while I was listening to the details of his ordeal from Ted Gunderson.
A couple of months after Ted's talk, I was invited by Brian Desborough
to the home of a lady in Los Angeles who had arranged for Brice Taylor
and Ted Gunderson to give a joint talk at a hotel in Pasadena on October
26, 1999. Somehow I got roped into being part of the staff that oversaw
the logistics of that presentation and I had the opportunity to chat at
length with both Ted and Brice at the home of the sponsor. I began to learn
more from Ted of the many complexities overlaying the MacDonald case. There
were many villains to consider and numerous twists to the plot.
- In less than ten days, I was to find myself spending
two weeks in Las Vegas in a house rented by Brice Taylor. I was there to
help her care for her daughter Kelly, who needed 24/7 supervision due to
her mind control programming which impelled her to attempt to injure herself.
It was a tiring job and I came to appreciate just how devoted a mother
Brice Taylor is. Since Ted lived in Las Vegas, he came over to the house
just about every day and we got to talk about many things, but the Jeff
MacDonald story held more interest for Ted than any other of his law enforcement
career. I was becoming more interested in the details surrounding the MacDonald
case because I was beginning to realize just how thorough was the cover-up
that accompanied the MacDonald railroading, let alone the frame-up of an
- One day, Ted brought over three large boxes that
were loaded with documents, reports, files, and folders bulging with handwritten
notes. Ted told me that the boxes contained some of his research on the
MacDonald case and that I could look through them and make a copy of anything
that I wanted. Ted also told me that he had an additional 15 boxes in storage
just like these and that I could go through them too! We went down to Kinko's
the same day and I copied everything in those boxes. I would later get
to look over the contents of other boxes on the MacDonald case when I was
asked by Ted to hold on to some of them for safe keeping because his file
boxes were being surreptitiously removed from his Las Vegas condo when
he was away on speaking engagements (we later found out who was responsible
for those thefts-Stewart Anthony Webb, the same guy who calls himself Stew
Webb of <http://www.stewwebb.com>www.stewwebb.com).
- By pouring through the contents of those boxes, I
was able to glean a great deal of information that is not covered in either
of the two best known books associated with the MacDonald murders: Fatal
Vision published by Joe McGinniss in 1983 and Fatal Justice, published
by Jerry Potter & Fred Bost in 1995, and updated in 1997. Helena Stoeckley,
especially, was the key individual who revealed to Ted what actually occurred
in the MacDonald home on the night of the murders and why MacDonald's persecutors
were striving so doggedly to pin the murders on him. It's a mind boggling
and complex web of corruption and illicit activity that involves the army,
the Justice Department, and many powerful individuals both in the military
and in the civilian sector. What has happened to Jeffrey MacDonald goes
way beyond the indignities endured by Alfred Dreyfus in 19th century France,
yet the railroading of an innocent man by corrupt military elements seems
to be a tale which repeats itself anew with each passing century.
- Dr. Jeffrey R. MacDonald
- Dr. Jeffrey R. MacDonald was falsely convicted in
August, 1979 of the murder of his wife, Colette, and two young daughters
(5 year old Kimberley, and 2 year old Kristen MacDonald) in a bloody and
grisly satanic style murder scene that took place in their home in the
early morning hours of Feb. 17, 1970 on Ft. Bragg Army base in North Carolina.
The murders were committed by a local satanic cult of drug users (referred
to as "hippies" in the newspapers at the time) which included
five active duty enlisted army men who had targeted the MacDonald family
because Dr. MacDonald was perceived by this group of drug users as a "snitch";
as MacDonald was adhering to the base commander's new policy of reporting
the names of Army personnel who were being admitted to the Emergency Room
for overdosing on heroin or other serious drugs .One of those cult members
(Greg Mitchell) had even threatened a pregnant Colette MacDonald, Jeff's
wife, at the Ft. Bragg college learning center where she was taking a course
in psychology, on the very evening before her murder.
- The Army CID
- Investigators from the Army's Criminal Investigation
Division (CID), from the very beginning of their 'investigation' of the
crime scene at the MacDonald home, were intent on setting up MacDonald
to take the fall for the killings. It wasn't until some years later that
the reasons behind the CID's mishandling of the crime scene, their concealment
of key evidence (that would have proven the presence of other people in
the MacDonald home at the time of the murders), and their "losing"
of physical evidence under their control (which would have allowed MacDonald
to establish his innocence), would begin to emerge.
- Initially, MacDonald was exonerated of all charges
following a long (nearly four months) Article 32 military hearing in the
Summer of 1970. While the CID was trying their best to hang the murders
on MacDonald, the fortuitous presence and oversight of a straight shooting
Army hearing review officer by the name of Colonel Warren V. Rock saw through
the devious machinations of the CID investigators and declared MacDonald
innocent of the charges. Rock ruled that the CID charges against MacDonald
were simply "nor true". But MacDonald made the mistake of publicly
lambasting the vendetta prone CID investigators during an interview on
the Dick Cavett television show in December of 1970 and that set in motion
a decision to go after MacDonald with all of the advantage, might, and
authority available to government prosecutors.
- Despite the utter lack of legal authority and a violation
of the Posse Commitatus Act, the same Army CID investigators who tried
to frame MacDonald at the Article 32 Army hearing now launched into a 're-investigation'
of MacDonald; following him into civilian life after he was discharged
from the Army. This eventually led to a 1975 indictment and a 1979 jury
trial (spearheaded by ex-CID investigator turned US Justice Department
prosecutor Brian Murtaugh and North Carolina state prosecutor James Blackburn)
that resulted in a conviction for MacDonald and the imposition of three
consecutive life term sentences (the death penalty was outlawed at the
time). Attorneys Alan Dershowitz and Harvey Silverglate have called the
MacDonald railroading one of 'the worst cases of prosecutorial misconduct'
in the history of United States jurisprudence.
- Joe McGinniss
- MacDonald's fate was further sealed by the betrayal
of writer Joe McGinniss when he published Fatal Vision in 1983. In early
1979, MacDonald was looking for an author to write his story and hoped
that revenues from the book would cover some of his burgeoning legal expenses.
McGinniss, whose national reputation had grown considerably following the
publication of his NY Times best seller The Selling of The President, seemed
suited for the job and was anxious to be in on the ground floor of MacDonald's
expected acquittal at trial. The sale of yet another best seller, the accolades
that would flow from appearances on television/radio talk shows, and the
made-for-TV movie that would surely follow, were powerful incentives that
the publicity hungry McGinniss couldn't pass up. The unexpected conviction
of MacDonald, however, changed everything for McGinniss. He now had the
problem of a book publisher -who had already given McGinniss an advance
of $250,000- that now wanted his money back because he didn't anticipate
selling too many copies of a book that portrayed McDonald as a nice guy
who was wrongly accused, when the newspaper headlines following the trial
blasted MacDonald as the most heinous monster since Jack the Ripper. So
McGinniss made a little deal with the publisher-a quiet little deal. He
would re-title the book from Acid and Rain to Fatal Vision and also restructure
the plot from an innocent Jeff MacDonald being railroaded by vendetta--driven
prosecutors to a guilty Jeff MacDonald, Psychotic Killer of the Century
(see how easy it is to "fix" these things when your personality
is barren of integrity and character? )
- Stringing MacDonald along for nearly four years,
McGinniss led MacDonald to believe that the book would help exonerate him.
MacDonald had opened up his life completely to McGinniss and gave him access
to anything he desired. McGinniss had repeatedly reassured MacDonald that
the book would help turn the tide in his favor, but when it came out, the
book portrayed MacDonald as a cold blooded psychotic killer who inexplicably
went berserk one night, after "overdosing" on diet pills (a fabrication
invented by Joe McGinniss and later proven in court in a lawsuit against
McGinnis), and viciously slaughtered his entire family (as well as stabbing
himself multible times and clubbing himself into unconsciousness) based
on the ludicrous motivation that MacDonald's youngest daughter, Kristen,
had "wet the bed."
- Predictably, the characterization of MacDonald as
a psychotic killer was firmly seared into the minds of millions of American
TV viewers when a TV mini series of the same title was aired a year or
two following the publication of Fatal Vision. MacDonald has never been
able to free himself of the diabolical public perceptions created by the
treacherous and deceitful betrayal of Joe McGinniss. Following MacDonald's
civil lawsuit against McGinniss in 1986, McGinniss' lawyers eventually
agreed to pay MacDonald a $325,000 out-of-court settlement for the distortions,
fabrications, and omissions he presented in his book, but that civil victory
did nothing to aid MacDonald in his exoneration or his release from prison.
- Helena Stoeckley
- The MacDonald case, however, goes much deeper than
a revenge killing against an emergency room physician viewed by a local
drug/satanic cult as a "snitch" who refused to "help"
drug addicts hooked on heroin. Ted Gunderson, with the indispensable assistance
of Fayetteville police detective, Prince Beasley, was able to elicit a
series of signed and videotaped confessions from Helena Stoeckley, one
of the cult members who was in the MacDonald house on the night of the
murders. Stoeckley was the mysterious "woman in the floppy hat"
spotted by MP Kenneth Mica standing on a street corner just 3 blocks from
the MacDonald residence at 3:30AM on that rainy night while he and his
MP partner were enroute to the MacDonald home to investigate a report of
a "domestic disturbance". Stoeckley later revealed information
in her confessions that not only corroborated details of events that occurred
on the night of the murders, but also laid out details of a huge drug pipeline
running from Vietnam into Ft. Bragg (and other US military bases) utilizing
the body cavities of dead soldiers being returned to the U.S. for burial.
- Stoeckley had implicated some members of Fayetteville
police, local attorneys, Ft. Bragg Army brass (including a General, several
colonels, and other high level officers), some members of the Army's CID-
including the lead investigator first on the scene following the murders-
as being involved in drug sales and distribution.
- Stoeckley repeatedly maintained that she would "blow"
Ft. Bragg wide open and provide much greater detail and would name names
if given immunity by government prosecutors, but the FBI, the US Justice
Department, and James Blackburn, the state prosecutor, didn't want to hear
anything that Helena Stoeckley had to say about the murders that occurred
at 544 Castle Drive in the early morning hours of Feb. 17, 1970. Quite
the opposite. They made several threatening statements, notably by the
FBI and James Blackburn, to intimidate her into silence. The presiding
judge, Judge Franklin Dupree, was also dismissive towards Stoeckley and
characterized her testimony as "unreliable" and prone to "psychosis".
Ted Gunderson, however, arranged for Helena to be evaluated by psychiatrists
at UCLA and their certified evaluation report described Stoeckley as well
adjusted, intelligent, and psychologically normal in all regards. Helena
had also taken two polygraph tests to validate the accuracy of her statements
concerning the murders: one test was conducted by an Army investigator
named Bresintine (sp?) in 1979 and another test was arranged with a private
polygraph expert hired by Ted Gunderson. Helena passed both tests.
- Fatal Justice
- Authors Jerry Potter and Fred Bost finally set the
record straight on the unconscionable injustices inflicted upon Jeffrey
MacDonald by the Army's Criminal Investigation Division, Federal prosecutors,
state attorney James Blackburn, and Joe McGinniss in a masterful and extremely
well researched book titled Fatal Justice, first published in 1995 and
updated in 1997. I've included an except from the book here to give you
a chance to examine the crime scene as seen through the eyes of MPs and
others who first arrived at the MacDonald residence at approximately 3:30
AM on Feb. 17 . I'm also linking an article here which I wrote describing
my reaction to a true-crimes TV show, 48 Hours Mystery, which had devoted
their entire hour long, November 5, 2005 show to the MacDonald case. In
that article, I appended a second except from Fatal Justice which describes
Helena Stoeckley's pivotal role in exposing what actually happened on the
night of the murders and provides a framework to begin to understand why
the CID was so anxious to make Jeffrey MacDonald the patsy. .
- Since 1997, MacDonald has been trying to get DNA
analysis tests performed on the remaining physical evidence held by prosecutors,
but the same former CID investigator turned Justice Department prosecutor
(Brian Murtaugh) who oversaw the conviction of MacDonald in the 1979 trial,
continues to thwart MacDonald's attorneys every step of the way. You simply
have to ask yourself: why, if the evidence against MacDonald- as Murtaugh
has often publicly claimed-is so damming and conclusive?
- Important Update- February 2006:
- A stunning new development has occurred in the MacDonald
case: A former deputy U.S. Marshal, Jimmy B. Britt, has filed an affidavit
with the North Carolina, Wake County courthouse on November 3, 2005, wherein
he states that he was witness to a conversation between Helena Stoeckley
and state prosecutor James Blackburn in Blackburn's office on the eight
floor of the Federal Courthouse at 310 New Bern Avenue in Raleigh, North
Carolina during the trial of Jeffrey MacDonald in 1979. According to Britt's
statement, Blackburn began to interview Helena Stoeckley and in the course
of that interview, Stoeckley revealed to Blackburn many things including
details of the MacDonald home such as the rocking horse with the broken
spring (only known to crime scene investigators) in order to prove to him
that she was there. She told Blackburn that she and others were in MacDonald's
home on the night of the murders and that they had gone to the MacDonald
home to 'get drugs'. After Stoeckley gave Blackburn the history of her
time spent in MacDonald's home, Blackburn told her:
- "If you testify before the jury as to what
you have told me or said to me in this office, I will indict you for murder."
- Blackburn directly threatened Stoeckley with murder
prosecution if she told the truth concerning the events that happened in
the MacDonald home in the early morning hours of February 17, 1970. For
a state prosecutor to intimidate, threaten, or coerse a witness to withhold
or change testimony in order to suit the state's case is obvious obstruction
of justice, but to prosecute a man for murder when direct witness testimony
has been presented that implicates others as responsible for the crime,
is prosecutorial malfeasance at its worst.
- (*Update: Former deputy US Marshal Jimmy Britt died
on Oct. 19, 2008).
- Attorney Wendy P. Rouder was a clerk to MacDonald
defense attorney Bernie Segal in 1979 when she was sent to see Helena Stoeckley
at the Journey's End Motel in Raleigh on the weekend of August 18, 1979.
Stoeckley told Rouder in her motel room that she was in the home of Dr.
MacDonald on the night of the murders and that she could name the people
who killed MacDonald's family. When Rouder asked Helena why she was telling
her this when Stoeckley had just denied her involvment on the witness stand,
Helena responded: "I can't, I'm afraid". Rouder asked Helena
why she was afraid and had expected Helena to say that she feared retribution
from the other cult members involved, but was surprised to hear that Helena
was fearful of "those damn prosecutors sitting there". She then
added: " They'll fry me".
- A colleague of Jimmy Britt, retired U.S. marshal
Lee W. Tart, has also submitted an affidavit in which he affirms that Jimmy
Britt had told him about the Stoeckley/Blackburn conversations in 2003
while traveling on a trip together to Oxford, Mississippi.
- Additional affidavits were also presented to the
court from people who were acquainted with Greg Mitchell prior to his death
in 1982. Mitchell had admitted to his participation in the MacDonald murders
to a number of people including Everett Morse, Bryant Lane, and Donald
Buffkin. Despite Mitchell's reputation for dangerous behavior at the time
of the killings, he eventually came to feel remorse in later years and
was burdened with the guilt of the murders and seeing MacDonald taking
the rap for his crimes. Mitchell told his friend Bryant Lane that he was
high on four different drugs when "things got bad", and that
'you don't realize what you're doing' when you are so high on drugs."
Lane also reported that Mitchell had told him that Jeff MacDonald was simply
'lucky' because the group ' didn't know what they were doing' and 'didn't
mean to kill anyone'.
- MacDonald's defense attorneys filed a 50 page motion
to vacate MacDonald's sentence "based on newly discovered evidence"
with the U.S. Court of Appeals of the Fourth Circuit. Of course, Brian
Murtagh (undoubtedly known as Tomas de Torquemada in an earlier life),
and his fellow persecutors at the Justice Department filed a 50 page motion
in opposition to MacDonald's motion, but thankfully, Judge James C. Fox,
Senior U.S. District Judge of the Eastern District of North Carolina, Western
Division, on January 27, 2006 saw no justification for denying MacDonald's
'relief' and ordered the U.S. Attorney to file "his answer, motion,
or other response" before March 30, 2006.
- Is it possible that Jeffrey MacDonald, after 26 years
of unjust imprisonment, could finally be set free or get a new trial?
- Miracles do happen. Stay tuned.
- For more information about the McDonald case, visit
Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald's authorized web site at http://www.themacdonaldcase.org
- It should be noted that there is a web site called
maintained by Christina Masewicz. The web site contains a large repository
of court transcripts, photos and statements from many involved in the case-especially
from the prosecution's side- but Christina's attempt to appear non-judgmental
about MacDonald's guilt is belied by her many warm and fuzzy e-mail exchanges
with prosecutor James Blackburn and other members of the MacDonald Railroading
team. While you can obtain many revealing documents at Christina's site,
know up front that she is totally convinced of MacDonald's "guilt"
and is therefore biased towards that perception. It should also be noted
that Christina originally was totally in MacDonald's corner, claims to
have attended the trial, but was unsuccessful in attempting to visit MacDonald
at prison on Terminal Island when she just showed up one day, unannounced,
and not listed on the approved visitors list. Her ardor to see MacDonald
may have been based on emotions other than a strictly Platonic interest
in his innocence. MacDonald's polite, but cool reaction to her interest
in him-may have played a role in Christina's reversal of opinion concerning
- Related Articles on the Jeffrey MacDonald case:
- Case Facts from Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald's Web Site
- Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald Murder Case & DNA Results
(May 28, 2007)
- Revelations Surface in 1970 Slayings [Dr. Jeffrey
MacDonald Case] April 20, 2007
- On-Scene Detective Identifies Cult Members Responsible
for 1970 MacDonald 'Green Beret' Murders & Army/Police Complicity in
Cover-up (Mar. 28, 2007)
- Fatal Justice, The Continuing Persecution of Dr.
Jeffrey MacDonald & The Woman in the Floppy Hat (Nov. 5, 2005)
- The Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald Case: Fatal Conviction?
by Resa LaRu Kirkland (July 8, 2003)
- Misplaced Justice: The story of Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald
- Fatal Justice, The Murders on Castle Drive
- Adrift In The American Gulag by Dr. Jeffrey R. MacDonald
- Court Transcript of Jeffrey MacDonald's Testimony
on August 23, 1979
- The MacDonald Defense Fund
- The MacDonald Defense Fund is a non-profit entity
with 501c status, designed by supporters of Jeffrey MacDonald, to defray
the administrative and related costs associated with working to overturn
his wrongful conviction. Now, with the motion for a hearing of all the
evidence being granted by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, funding
for all that is involved in preparing for such a major undertaking is our
primary need. Aside from administrative and legal costs, the defense will
also require funding for experts, research, travel for witnesses and meetings,
and a myriad of other necessities in order to to be fully prepared for
this complex task. Our attorneys hope for Jeff's sentence to be vacated,
or for a re-trial to be granted. All contributions are tax exempt.
- The recent passage of The Justice For all Act (Oct
2004), demonstrates that our nation is recognizing the plight of the wrongly
convicted, and taking initiatives to correct those grave injustices.
- It is difficult to quantify a person's freedom.
To those of you who have generously supported Jeff MacDonald in the past,
we thank you for continuing to help us in this literal fight for justice.
- To contribute, please send your money order or check,
payable to the MacDonald Defense Fund to:
- The MacDonald Defense Fund
- PO BOX 5304
- Arlington VA 22205
- **Please note that certain tax-exempt organizations,
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were no donations made.
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- Dr. Jeffrey McDonald, The Ultimate Victim of Mob
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- Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald & Victims of SEE (Aug.
- Blaming the Victim: The Jeffrey MacDonald Case (May
- The MacDonald Case & Ted Gunderson-Shilling for
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