February 17, 1970
Fort Bragg, North Carolina
3 members of the MacDonald family are found dead

WARNING: THE PHOTOS ACCOMPANYING THIS ARTICLE ARE EXTREMELY GRAPHIC AND INVOLVE CHILDREN. DISCRETION IS ADVISED.

Emergency services received a call from a distressed Jeffrey MacDonald reporting a stabbing in his home. When responding military police arrived to investigate they discovered Colette MacDonald, who was carrying her third child, dead on her bedroom floor. She was clubbed so severely her arms were broken, and had been stabbed 21 times with an ice pick and 16 with a knife. Kimberly (5) was found in her bed, clubbed in the head and stabbed 8-10 times in the neck; evidence showed she was injured or killed elsewhere before her bloodied body was placed in her bed and her pink security blanket placed in her arms. Kristen (2) was also found in her own bed and had been stabbed 33 times with a knife and 15 with an ice pick.

Jeffrey MacDonald, a doctor and green beret, claimed he managed to survive the attack: he had a small, clean cut, a partially collapsed lung, and some bruises. When questioned, he claimed he had fallen asleep on the couch after Kristen had wet his side of the bed during the night. He awoke to “hippies,” 2 white men, 1 black man, and 1 white woman, chanting “acid is groovy, kill the pigs” while lighting candles. He also stated he was rendered unconscious in the attack.

Forensic evidence, documented by the rare occurrence that all members of the household had different blood types making a timeline if events fairly easy to follow, gave investigators a theory of the events leading to the family’s murder. They theorized an argument erupted in the master bedroom, possibly when Jeffrey became angry his side of the bed had been wet by Kristen. From Jeffery’s concussion and bruising, it is thought Colette may have struck him causing Jeffrey to retaliate by hitting her with his fists and a piece of lumber.

Kimberly’s head serum was discovered on the door frame if the master bedroom leading to the suspicion she had come to see what the commotion was about and may have been struck in the head intentionally or accidentally. Jeffrey carried her body, either mortally wounded or dead, to her bed and stabbed her in the neck. Jeffrey then went to Kristen’s room to kill her, though Colette had regained consciousness and threw herself on the toddler to shield her (Colette’s blood was found on the wall and bed) but Jeffrey stabbed both to death. He then wrapped Colette’s body in a sheet to drag back to the master bedroom but left a footprint smudge of Colette’s blood outside Kristen’s room as he dragged his wife’s body.

Jeffrey was convicted of first degree murder for the death of Kristen, second degree murder for Colette, and second degree murder for Kimberly. He was sentenced to life sentences for each victim to be served consecutively. In 2017, he made an appeal which challenged a 2014 decision to not retry MacDonald based on newer, more reliable DNA evidence. The evidence in question, it’s claimed, paints a more complete story of the events than what simple blood type testing could show. As of February 2018, no new court decisions in the case have been reached.

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14 thoughts on “The MacDonald murders (extremely graphic)

  1. You’ve got it wrong here. MacDonald probably followed Collette into Kristen’s room where he continued to batter Collette with the wood club, breaking both of her arms, defense wounds. He then carried Collette back to the master bedroom, and coldly returned to stab Kristen to death. Then he went back to Collette and inflicted the ice pick wounds on her chest. This is what probably incriminated him most because her blood type was found to have stained MacDonalds pajama top before it was torn in the earliest part of their confrontation in the master bedroom. He claimed to have placed his pajama top on Collette when he first found her. But threads from the top were found underneath Collette’s body, near where PIG was written on the headboard, on and under Kimberly’s bedding, and in Kristen’s room, suggesting he had not first put his pajama top on Collette once he first found her body. there were also imprints of his and Collette’s pajamas on the sheet found in the master bedroom, along with the imprint of MacDonald’s shoulder, in blood, on that sheet, suggesting he had carried his wife in those sheets. The bloody footprint impression indicated MacDonald was carrying a heavy object when it was made.

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    1. He’s innocent..You people are so uninformed, naive, gullible..It was without a doubt, revenge and a setup by a satanic cult..The evidence is overwhelming..Retired FBI Chief says the same as well as many other professionals, experts,etc. The real killers are walking free and an innocent man had his family brutally murdered, taken from him, then blamed on him, he spent 40 years in hardcore federal penitentiaries, and still has to endure that hell..

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      1. Bwaaaaa haaaaaa haaaaaa. Every piece of evidence points to MacDonald. It would take a hundred pages and hours of typing to list it all, and I’m sure it would be of no use, since all of the information is out there to find. And who. exactly, are these “professionals, experts, etc,”? Names, please. MacDonald’s hippie story is ludicrous. You are the one who is uninformed, naive, and gullible.

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      2. I disagree. I was in the courtroom during key testimony. I was able to see Capt. McDonald and his reaction during the case presented. He was one cold human being. The evidence of his guilt is overwhelming.

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  2. Recently there has been proof to validate Dr.MacDonald’s account of the crime,such as a blonde synthetic hair which could,ve came from a wig,melted candle wax,and a syringe that could be used by drug users. My educated opinion is that Dr.MacDonald was wrongfully accused and the trial was fixed to find him guilty. Unfortunately,an innocent man is sitting in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.

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    1. Colette where synthetic hair, when she got home and put her P.j. she took of her synthetic hair then went back to the tv room for a nite cap with her husband then went to sleep.

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    2. The blonde synthetic hair came from one of the kids’ dolls. That type of synthetic hair is used for human adult wigs by only one wig manufacturer somewhere way down in Mexico. Otherwise, it’s used only for dolls, and this was a house in which a five-year-old girl and a two-year-old girl who both owned dolls lived, so what is more likely by far? Colette loved candles and burned them often, hence the candle wax. MacDonald was a doctor and always kept syringes in the house. There is a reason that the so-called new “evidence” which MacDonald comes up with never gets him a new trial.

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  3. That piece of garbage Jeffrey MacDonald is exactly where he belongs. It’s troubling to know there’s so many stupid people that believe it was a cult or some other screwball alibi. Those idiots should team up with OJ and go find the real killers of Ron & Nicole. 2 words for MacDonald and all his ignorant apologists: FREDDIE KASSAB !!!!

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  4. How could anyone be so vicious to do this! A doctor, who took a vow to preserve life, kill his pregnant wife and 2 beautiful children! It makes me sick.

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  5. I thought he flew into a rage from the diet pills he was taking. Or, his wife challenged his masculinity that night. I have read several books on this subject, and I still can’t make up my mind. He sure had a sweet life when he moved to California, and was enjoying being a playboy. It was the father-in-law, and brother that began stirring up trouble for him. The trials were botched, and the prosecutors and judge were rather vindictive toward him. I guess he will wind up dying in prison.

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  6. He killed his family. He was a person who thought he could get by with anything. He was cheating on his wife and wanted to be a lady’s man. He didn’t know a lie from the truth. He is exactly where he needs to be. Sickening.

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  7. A second ice pic was found outside 544 Castle Drive -burried 10 inches deep NEXT to the concrete fondation -in 1987. The SECOND ice pic demolishes the single perpetrator theory by Donald Blacknum ( disbared over real-esatate settle ment that he never went to court over – forged the judges name on the suppoed court documents for the settlement- FALSE CASE – settlement money was from another case legal account within Blacknum’s control – flase settelment); And by Brian Murtaugh which convicted Jeffery MacDoanld. Greg Mitchell made admissions, under assumend name, in Fayetteville 1971 at a drug rehab and retreat. Painted an admission on the wall of a retreat building owned by the rehab center in RED PAINT, eye witness statment by Anne Sutton Canaday who ran the rehab center took a long time to pricure becasue Greg Mitchell used an Alias (AKA -Also Known As ) name. Greg Mitchell admitted to a friend — Noah Bryand Lane and his wife- Greg Mitchell agreed with Noah’s wife that She did not think Jeffery MacDoanld was guilty of killing his family becasue he knew who the perpetrator was ( himslef). Greg Mitchell made statements to John and Chris Griffin – that he was responsible for the murders-“He said, ‘You read about Jeffrey MacDonald? I’m the one. It was me. I killed them. Oh those children,’ ” says John, who says Mitchell was full of remorse. “He said he’d done something so horrible God wouldn’t forgive him.” Adds Chris: “It scared us half to death. He just had wild eyes.”
    According to Chris, Mitchell picked up the phone at one point and tried to call Helena, but he couldn’t reach her. Gregg Mitchell made a statement to Noah Bryant Lane thaye he could not tell his wife Pat the truth, becasue he was afraid his WIFE Pat would turn him in.
    Greg mitchell made a statement to Don Bufkin that he was inside the 544 Castle Drive Govt quarters with an african american named BOBBY JONE’Ss who was in US Army in Vietnam with Greg Mitchell and was from Orangeburg, SC. Greg Mitchell has made numerous statement’s from 1971 to 1982 that he was in 544 castel drive the night of the murders. So has Elana Stockely admitted twice to her mother overheard by her brother they were in the house. It has to do with their drug’s at site 5 Hicory Trailer park Off Murcheson drive being confiscated by Fayetteville police early morning 16th February 1970- It was a four day weekend Presidents holiday on monday. Come back late Monday. Suitcase of drug’s including LSD and Heroine was missing form hidden secret pannel inside trialer that suit case was teken from-Given up to fayetteville police Det Prince Beasley by Helena Stockley. Greg Mitchell got upset, went BIZERK inside 544 Castle drive becasue he could not get morphine/heroine stash form the suitcase that was confiscated NOR could he get methodone treatement from Doctor Jeffery MacDoanld and went BIZERK when he realized Doctor MacDonald was trying to call the MP’s to his residence-wrong number-Meaning Greg Mitchell was about to get arrested for unlawful entry without consent to be inside CPT Jeffery MacDoanlds place of habitation- Govt Quarters- for trespassing- burglary charge Art 129 burglary with intent to get controled substance methadone for heroine addiction…! things apparently got out of HAND. 6th amendment violation onhis trial and a bunch of Haneious other inconsistencies.

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  8. With 4 adults fighting in that tiny living room, why is there no mess? So a table is overturned, but the cards on the mantel are ALL still upright…hmmmm…

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