Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald


The Crime Library highly recommends Jerry Allen Potter and Fred Bost's excellent book called   as the very best book on this subject.  The book is meticulously researched and persuasively written.  This feature story draws heavily from that book, particularly as it relates to the evidence uncovered by Freedom of Information documents subsequent to MacDonald's trial.

Another very good book is Janet Malcolm's which examines the lawsuit filed by Jeffrey MacDonald against Joe McGinniss, the author of Fatal Vision.

Another book that is recommended is John F. Kelly and Phillip K. Wearne's book, which deals with the troublesome problem of the scandals inside the FBI Crime Laboratory.

Melinda Stephen's is written by MacDonald's friend and supporter.

Joe McGinniss's book is not recommended as a factual and unbiased analysis of the case.

Elliot, Jeffrey, "Interview with Jeffrey MacDonald," Playboy, April, 1986.

Articles from the New York Times and the Washington Post were also used as research materials for this story.

Arenschield, Laura (March 18, 2006). Affidavit: Drinking buddy owns up in "Fatal Vision" case. Fayetteville Online.

CNN Larry King Live (March 14, 2006). New DNA Evidence May Grant New Trial. Rush Transcripts from program aired at 21:00 ET.

Kirby, Bill (March 29, 2006). MacDonald has a believer in ex-law clerk. Fayetteville Online.

Motion to consider vacating the sentence of Jeffrey R. MacDonald. The United States v. Jeffrey R. MacDonald. Submitted by Timothy Junkin, Esq. and J. Hart Miles, Counsel for Movant Jeffrey R. MacDonald. The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth District. 2005. To be found at:

Waggoner, Martha (March 11, 2006). DNA matches "Fatal Vision" convicts hair. Associated Press.


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