Nation: Family Vendetta

Guilty of a bizarre murder

The story he told was eerily reminiscent of the Sharon Tate murders six months earlier. As Jeffrey R. MacDonald, then a captain in the Green Berets, described the events, he woke up on a living room couch at about 3 a.m. on Feb. 17, 1970 to find his home invaded. Three young men and a woman holding a lighted candle chanted, "Acid is groovy! Kill the pigs!" The intruders beat and stabbed him, he said, and when he came to hours later he found the slaughtered bodies of his pregnant wife Colette, 26, and daughters Kimberly, 5,...

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