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Fatal Justice: Reinvestigating the MacDonald Murders Paperback – January 23, 2013
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Finally, many years after Joe McGinniss's famous Fatal Vision, we have a well-documented argument for the other side of the Jeffrey MacDonald case--an argument that the prosecution mishandled key crime-scene evidence, withheld potentially exculpatory material, and even discounted confessions from other suspects. Whether you change your mind about MacDonald's role in the murder of his family, you will learn much about the case that puts it in a new light. For example, the army narrowed in on MacDonald as their prime suspect very early in the investigation, and discouraged the FBI from developing alternate theories. And the judge in the case, Franklin Dupree Jr. appeared to have been biased in favor of the prosecution. Janet Malcolm, the New Yorker writer who wrote The Journalist and the Murderer (about MacDonald's relationship with McGinniss), called this book "quietly convincing."
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Following up on Joe McGinnis's controversial Fatal Vision (LJ 9/1/83), the authors conclude that Green Beret Captain Jeffrey MacDonald was not given a fair trial for the murder of his wife and daughters.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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ACCTUALLY HAVE PUT BOOK ASIDE, TO FINISH AT ANOTHER TIME. THIS BOOK IS REALLY NOT A STORY, BUT MORE LIKE A CASE FILE COMPARING WHAT THEY BELIEVE IS THE FACTS COMPARED TO THE FIRST BOOK WRITTEN BY JOE MCGINNIS. I STILL FEEL JEFF MCDONALD IS GUILTY..., WOULD I STILL BUY THIS BOOK, KNOW KNOWING WHAT I KNOW WHAT IT ENTAILS PROBABLY YES.
I read both "fatal vision" and "fatal justice" and found the "Fatal Justice" more factual. Yes, I agree it did not read as well but mainly because it was a much better researched book. I think that McGinnis sold out as was said in F.J., it makes sense when you think about it, he barely glosses over the lost prints, contaminated crime scene and especially the skin. I have to wonder how such prosecutorial misconduct can not be addressed and how the case can not be re examined.
I am a big forensic shows fan and have to say the police are certainly error prone in most cases. If they get in their mind you are guilty they try to make the evidence fit their theories and not go where the evidence takes them. People judge people for getting a lawyer right away but I think that is the best advice for anyone!
I hope that the case is reopened and the truth is told.
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