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‘Fatal Vision’ doctor denied new trial in family triple murder | Army Times

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A former Army surgeon convicted of slaughtering his pregnant wife and two young daughters at Fort Bragg nearly half a century ago will not get a new trial, a federal appeals court ruled Friday in the latest legal defeat for the former Green Beret.

Jeffrey MacDonald, now 75, has adamantly maintained his innocence in the 1970 slayings and insisted that his family was killed by drugged-up hippies, including a woman who chanted “acid is groovy; kill the pigs.”

Prosecutors say MacDonald killed his wife, 26-year-old Colette McDonald, and their daughters Kimberley, 5, and Kristen, 2, with a knife and ice pick, then stabbed himself with a scalpel to make it look like he was attacked while trying to protect his family.

They say he used his wife’s blood to write the word “PIG” over their bed to mimic the Charles Manson murders six months earlier.

Source: ‘Fatal Vision’ doctor denied new trial in family triple murder | Army Times


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