Books: Dr. Death

FATAL VISION by Joe McGinniss

Putnam; 663 pages; $17.95

In Macbeth, the "fatal vision" of a dagger leads on to murder and blood-soaked revenge. Author Joe McGinniss (The Selling of the President 1968, Going to Extremes), uses the image for his chilling investigation of three atrocious deaths that occurred more than a decade ago. But the use of the quote is a bit askew. The Thane of Glamis killed for ambition; Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald, outwardly an all-American winner, brutally murdered his wife and small daughters for reasons that remain elusive.

MacDonald was handsome, ambitious,...

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