Law: Stopped Clock

Dr. MacDonald jailed again

The case has been anything but fast. In fact, the Federal Government's triple-murder charges against Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald have become one of the nation's hardiest legal perennials. The saga began on a winter night at Fort Bragg, N.C., back in 1970. Military police found MacDonald's pregnant wife and two daughters bludgeoned and stabbed to death. MacDonald, then a physician for the Green Berets, lay unconscious in the duplex apartment with 17 stab wounds. He claimed that four "hippie types" had committed the brutal slayings, but Army investigators believed he had expertly stabbed himself with nonfatal wounds to cover...

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