A retiree spends nine years relentlessly seeking to prove that his son-in-law, a former Green Beret Army doctor, murdered his pregnant wife and two children.
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1984  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Series cast summary:
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 Freddy Kassab (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Mildred Kassab (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Bernie Segal (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Capt. Jeffrey MacDonald, MD (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Victor Worheide (2 episodes, 1984)
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 James Blackburn (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Brian Murtagh (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Paul Strombaugh (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Colette MacDonald (2 episodes, 1984)
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 William Ivory (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Franz Grebner (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Judge Dupree (2 episodes, 1984)
Alexandra Johnson ...
 Helena Stoeckley (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Mrs. Perry MacDonald (2 episodes, 1984)
Frank Dent ...
 Joe McGinniss (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Col Pruett (2 episodes, 1984)
Andy Wood ...
 Robert Shaw (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Peter Kearns (2 episodes, 1984)
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 William Posey (2 episodes, 1984)
Rex Ryon ...
 Jay MacDonald (2 episodes, 1984)
J.P. Bumstead ...
 Col. Rock (2 episodes, 1984)
Brandy Gold ...
 Kimberly age 5 (2 episodes, 1984)
Dylan Galer ...
 Kristen (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Dennis Eisman (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Joy (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Randi (2 episodes, 1984)
Laurence Haddon ...
 Gen. Flanagan (2 episodes, 1984)
Jack Rader ...
 Provost Marshal (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Pathologist (2 episodes, 1984)
Fred Morsell ...
 Agent (2 episodes, 1984)
Roy London ...
 Dr. Thornton (2 episodes, 1984)
Ken Hill ...
 Neighbor (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Capt. Somers (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Kimberly age 3 (2 episodes, 1984)
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 St. Mary's Sister (2 episodes, 1984)
Scotch Byerley ...
 Lab Tech (2 episodes, 1984)
Kathy Christopher ...
 Hippie Girl (2 episodes, 1984)
Robert Clotworthy ...
 MP Sergeant (2 episodes, 1984)
Hortensia Colorado ...
 Nurse (2 episodes, 1984)
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 1st Witness (2 episodes, 1984)
David Dangler ...
 MP Lieutenant (2 episodes, 1984)
Matthew Faison ...
 Dr. Bronstein (2 episodes, 1984)
Norman Alexander Gibbs ...
 News Reporter (2 episodes, 1984)
Howard Goodwin ...
 Party Announcer (2 episodes, 1984)
Lance Gordon ...
 CID Captain (2 episodes, 1984)
Norman Lee Harris ...
 CID Man (2 episodes, 1984)
Billy James ...
 TV Interviewer (2 episodes, 1984)
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 U.S. Marshal (2 episodes, 1984)
Allan Kolman ...
 Reporter (2 episodes, 1984)
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 MP Captain (2 episodes, 1984)
Tracee Lyles ...
 Nurse (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Green Beret (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Nurse (2 episodes, 1984)
Fred Ponzlov ...
 Reporter (2 episodes, 1984)
Fred Retes ...
 Photographer (2 episodes, 1984)
John Rose ...
 FBI Man (2 episodes, 1984)
Paul Ryan ...
 Talk Show Host (2 episodes, 1984)
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 MP in Jeep (2 episodes, 1984)
Grayce Spence ...
 Court Clerk (2 episodes, 1984)
Tom Tarpey ...
 Psychiatrist (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Lt. Harrison (2 episodes, 1984)
Arnold F. Turner ...
 Lab Technician (2 episodes, 1984)
Beth Ringwald ...
 Babysitter (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Sgt. McPherson (2 episodes, 1984)
Bill Vint ...
 Dr. Sadoff (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Secretary (2 episodes, 1984)
Peter Vogt ...
 Jury Foreman (2 episodes, 1984)
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Storyline

In 1970, military doctor Jeffrey McDonald reports a hideous and confusing story: A gang of hippies akin to the Manson Family broke into his North Carolina home and slaughtered his wife and two daughters, while somehow only wounding him slightly as he tried to fight them off. As McDonald continues to proclaim his innocence, his skeptical father-in-law Freddy Kassab and investigative journalist Joe McGinniss probe his story to uncover the truth. Written by Jwelch5742

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Död i dimma dold  »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Jeffrey MacDonald hoped/assumed that the novel 'Fatal Vision' would support his innocence. However, when the book was published, MacDonald realized that the author, Joe McGinniss, had concluded that he was, in fact, guilty. MacDonald sued McGinniss for fraud and the case was settled out of court. He and his supporters still blame the novel and resulting movie for tainting the public's image of MacDonald and the murders. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Jeffrey MacDonald, MD: At the hospital, when they were looking me over... uh... there were these little puncture wounds all over my abdomen and I guess they came up with 14 different wounds or something like that. And a deep cut right here... to my right side.
William Ivory: Was this from the assailants? These people in your house?
Capt. Jeffrey MacDonald, MD: Well, I assume so.
William Ivory: You didn't do it yourself, did you?
Capt. Jeffrey MacDonald, MD: No... but then they said that "we'll have to do an X-ray". Now, when your chest is bubbling that means you have a pneumothorax. Any Special Forces ...
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References Easy Rider (1969) See more »

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Liam Neeson?
1 October 2001 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

One of the better "true crime" dramas (and I think that between a&e, court tv, and lifetime, I have seen almost all of them ...). As another reviewer pointed out, there is another side to this story, so don't go thinking the movie presents the gospel truth, but it's still a very compelling flick. Question to others who have seen it: am I nuts, or is Liam Neeson on the jury? He's not credited, but only the jury foreman got a line ... still, there's a guy in the back row who looks amazingly like Neeson. Anyone else catch this?


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