Examines the evidence in the case against MacDonald, who was convicted in 1979 of murdering his pregnant wife and two daughters. A Green Beret physician, MacDonald claimed that the murders were committed by drug-crazed hippies.
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Clay Boulware ...  Joe McGinniss 5 episodes, 2020
John Morgan ...  Jeffrey MacDonald 5 episodes, 2020
Logan Stearns ...  Jeffrey MacDonald 5 episodes, 2020
Roger Hervas ...  Foreman (1979) / ... 4 episodes, 2020
Bryan King Bryan King ...  Detective Beasley 4 episodes, 2020
Gina Mazzara Gina Mazzara ...  Helena Stoeckley (1979) / ... 4 episodes, 2020
Audrey Nita Bennett ...  Mildred Kassab 3 episodes, 2020
Chris Cartusciello ...  Freddy Kassab 3 episodes, 2020
Catherine Dawson ...  Helena Stoeckley (1970) 3 episodes, 2020
Ben Jorgensen ...  Robert Brisentine / ... 3 episodes, 2020
Paul Spriggs ...  Jeffrey MacDonald 3 episodes, 2020
James Trenton James Trenton ...  Bernie Segal 3 episodes, 2020
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Examines the evidence in the case against MacDonald, who was convicted in 1979 of murdering his pregnant wife and two daughters. A Green Beret physician, MacDonald claimed that the murders were committed by drug-crazed hippies.

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sly take down of Errol and it's his book
3 October 2020 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

In 1970, Army surgeon Jeffrey MacDonald is the sole survivor after his wife and daughters are murdered in their home. He claims that three men and a girl with a floppy hat broke in and killed his family. At first, the hippie panic spreads but eventually the authorities use the evidence to convict him for the murders. He maintains his innocence and there is one witness, Helena Stoeckley, who supports him.

The show had two issues. The first is that all the physical evidences point to MacDonald being guilty from the first episode. If one concentrates on only the hard physical evidences, I don't see how anyone can come to another conclusion. Then it becomes a case of hippie panic. These four are all automatically guilty for being helter skelter. In an age when we are dealing with false confessions, one would hope that the defense could dig up more than just confessions. The physical evidence is still there staring in their faces but the defense offers no alternative explanation of the CSI. I am willing to listen to Stoeckley but one can't automatically believe her. It takes a long time for the show to name the other names. She has three comrades and those names would be my first priority. Track them down. Take their testimonies. Fingerprint them. Take blood samples. Get physical evidence. In a way, I understand the defense attorneys. They are ball players in a game. They complain about balls and strikes but the truth is not a game. The only witness that seems to have any hope is Jimmy Friar who called the phone and claims to get hung up on by Helena. And he's a criminal with mental issues. Is there no phone log? It's the same thing over and over again. It's a lot of talk but no physical evidence.

If they don't have the physical evidence, they use what's available. What's available are unreliable witnesses. The best they could do is that the prosecutor threatened Helena with murder charges after confessing to murder. She's a part of the break-in and that break-in led to murders. Even that claim is questionable as the witness becomes questionable. The most disappointing person here is Errol Morris. I hoped that he would be more logical and smarter than this. In the end, he's a story teller and a good story wouldn't let facts get into the way. He would be better off doing a movie about Prince Beasley and Stoeckley. Those are fascinating character studies. More than anything, this mini-series seems to be a sly take down job on Errol and it's his book.


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