September 18, 2012 |
WILMINGTON, N.C. - Jeffrey MacDonald, a Green beret doctor convicted of the 1970 killings of his pregnant wife and two young daughters, was back in federal court Monday for a hearing on new evidence his lawyer says will prove that MacDonald is innocent. MacDonald, now 68, was granted the hearing based on defense contentions that newly tested DNA points to other suspects, and that sworn statements by a former federal marshal will show that prosecutors threatened a crucial witness whose testimony could have exonerated MacDonald.
July 23, 1987 |
Jeffrey MacDonald, Green Beret officer and physician, and Joe McGinniss, best-selling author, were constant companions in the summer of 1979, when MacDonald was on trial for killing his wife and two young daughters and McGinniss was researching a book on the murders. They lived together in a North Carolina fraternity house, with the rest of MacDonald's defense team, they often jogged together after court sessions and they commiserated together about the indignity of it all: the all-American soldier and family man on trial for murder.
May 3, 2003
Will every government program that has anything to do with sex get entangled in the social conservatives' domestic agenda? If that's the case, say a prayer for the millions more in Africa and the Caribbean who will die from AIDS. If a faction in Congress had its druthers, anti-AIDS money would be steered away from the groups that are effective but advocate methods that some conservatives find morally objectionable. What methods? Just about anything other than abstinence and fidelity.
August 14, 1987 |
After nearly six weeks, a federal court jury began deliberations yesterday on a $15 million fraud suit against author Joe McGinniss in a test that could establish new ground rules for American nonfiction writing. McGinniss is being sued for fraud and breach of contract over his best- selling book Fatal Vision, about Jeffrey MacDonald, an Army physician who was convicted in 1979 of killing his wife and two children at their Fort Bragg, N.C., home in 1970. "A verdict for MacDonald would be a verdict for censorship," McGinniss' attorney, Daniel Kornstein, said in a fervent closing argument.
January 14, 1986 |
On the surface, it appeared that Robert O. Marshall had it made: big house, big car, big-shot friends, a prosperous business, a beautiful wife and three fine sons. But beneath the veneer of success, Robert Marshall had problems. Two of his sons would soon be in college. His fondness for Atlantic City casinos had plunged him into debt. His socialite girlfriend wanted him to leave his family for her. And his wife, suspicious of the affair, had hired a private eye to tail him. How Marshall faced his problems, or whether he had a hand in trying to solve them at all, has scandalized his town, Toms River, N.J., for more than a year.
February 8, 1998 |
Saharra Fleming's world went blurry as she walked down the aisle in Willingboro High School's auditorium. Swaying, the senior almost landed in another student's lap. Senior Omari Allison tried to high-five a buddy. He missed. And classmate Travis Francis, groping on all fours for a set of keys, came up empty. "They weren't there - they went through my hands," the senior explained. They felt drunk. Or at least, they looked and acted as if they were drunk while wearing Fatal Vision, a set of silver goggles designed to simulate a 0.17 percent blood-alcohol level.
January 13, 1986 |
Prime time is unusually heavy tonight, what with a repeat of Fatal Vision, the premiere of a controversial telemovie and a surprising guest star on CBS's Cagney & Lacey. For mindless fluff, though, there's Supermodel of the World. EVENING HIGHLIGHTS SUPERMODEL OF THE WORLD (8 p.m., Ch. 29) - No, this isn't a TV show about a giant globe. It's a live competition in which women from 22 countries compete for a $250,000 modeling contract. America's representative will be chosen during the show's first half by viewers, who will phone in (for 50 cents a call)
January 26, 1989 |
Convicted murderer Jeffrey MacDonald is entitled to only $50,000 of a $325,000 settlement received from the author of a best-selling book about MacDonald, a California judge ruled yesterday. The rest of the money is to go to MacDonald's lawyer and to the two elderly grandmothers of MacDonald's murdered children. This latest chapter in the seemingly endless legal battles surrounding MacDonald was played out in a cramped prison conference room. Both grandmothers, aging and ill, were seated just feet from the man whom one of them despises as a killer and the other loves as a wrongly convicted son. MacDonald, a former Green Beret surgeon, was convicted in 1979 of the 1970 stabbing deaths of his wife and two daughters in Fort Bragg, N.C. "It's ridiculous that he should get any money for killing three people," said an angry Mildred Kassab, 72, the mother of MacDonald's wife, Colette, and grandmother of the MacDonalds' daughters.
July 28, 1988 |
A child actress who played a daughter of killer Jeffrey McDonald in the television movie "Fatal Vision" was shot to death with her mother and burned in an apparent murder-suicide by the girl's father, police said. Three bodies were found yesterday in the fire-damaged home of Jozsef and Maria Barsi, whose only child, Judith, 11, also starred the movie "Jaws IV: The Revenge" as well as numerous television shows and about 50 commercials. Coroner's officials identified the dead man as Jozsef Barsi, 55. Barsi, a self-employed plumber, apparently shot and killed his 48-year-old wife, Maria, and his daughter in the house, doused their bodies with gasoline and set them on fire before going to the garage and shooting himself in the head with a .32-caliber pistol, investigators said.