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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Freddy Kassab
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Mildred Kassab
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Bernie Segal
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Capt. Jeffrey MacDonald, MD
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Victor Worheide
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James Blackburn
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Brian Murtagh
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Paul Strombaugh (as Mitch Ryan)
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Colette MacDonald
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William Ivory
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Franz Grebner
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Judge Dupree
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Helena Stoeckley
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Mrs. Perry MacDonald
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Joe McGinniss
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Captain Jeff MacDonald, a renowned and an ambitious surgeon at Fort Bragg army base, appears to be a happily married father of two. When the MP enter MacDonald's house in response to his desperate emergency call they find him injured and his wife and daughters murdered. He reports a gang of drugged 'hippies' raided the house and attacked the family. As a massive search for the suspects yields no leads, investigators focus on some inconsistencies in MacDonald's account and he becomes their prime suspect. Written by Armin Ortmann <armin@sfb288.math.tu-berlin.de>

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Life Imitates Art: The child actress portraying Kimberley MacDonald, who is murdered by her father, Jeffrey, is Judith Barsi. In 1988, Barsi, like Kimberley, was murdered by her own father, Jozsef. As in 'Fatal Vision,' Jozsef also murdered his wife/Judith's mother (he shot both of them, set their bodies on fire, then shot and killed himself). See more »

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Col Pruett: They found one of the knifes and the ice pick here right under these bushes and the club was found right about here.
Freddy Kassab: It doesn't make any sense. Why would four murderers fleeing the scene of the crime stop to throw their weapons under a bush right outside the back door?
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No doubt he did it
14 June 1999 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

The movie shows how guilty he was, but read the book by Joe McGinness. Ironically, the book MacDonald wanted written about his case actually incriminated him even more.


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