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None Of It Was Real, We Were Trying To Get A Reality Show…er Jeffrey MacDonald Killed His Whole Entire Family Part 7

 

Hello my lovelies.  Your Dean of Fuckery, Doctor of Doctoring, Writer of enviable amicus briefs, Horse whisperer, dog lactation consultant, Honorary DVM, Resident sarcasm expert, author of the big book of words, And Queen of all I survey am back with whatever part this is of the Jeffrey MacFuckface Trial.

This is going to be another hoppy, skippy, jumpy one because I can’t help but jump back and forth to give you the entire picture of what went down during this whole shit show of a grand jury hearing and almost not a trial and then a trial.

Victor Woerheide was the one who had been ultimately charged with seeing that Macwhythefuckareyoustillusingourair was indicted and he took that job very seriously.  I actually saw somewhere yesterday erroneously stated in a book no less that Colette was 8 months pregnant.  Colette was five months pregnant with a male fetus when she was bludgeoned and stabbed and ice picked to death.  You know, it just struck me, if you substituted that piece of timber for a .25 calibre handgun we’d have a male stabby.  Hippies, ninjas, tomato, tomahto.

Anyway, Woerheide had some innate talent for getting under MacStabby’s skin.  He had Jeffy bellowing at him during certain parts of his questioning at the grand jury inquiry.  He was very quick to anger and the grand jury saw it.  He flat out refused (on advice of council) to take either a lie detector or sodium amytal interview.  YAY, we are now at the science part of the program.  Okay, so in the late 70’s after having gathered data that was available about lie detectors at that time, I wouldn’t have taken a lie detector test either, they were too new and actually rather unreliable.  Sodium amytal on the other hand was simply a barbiturate which is a drug that acts on the central nervous system to calm anxiety and induce drowsiness and lowers ones ability to lie.  If someone is looking for a simple answer as to whether someone did or did not do something this was the drug to use.  As in did you murder your entire family because you are a complete dick and you were just tired of them?  Or Were there hippies in the house the night your family was murdered?  Jeffy Weffy had to go out and confer with his Lawyer Bernie Segal which took a long time because Bernie had to write something for Jeffy to read to the grand jury, then he had to get copies for Woerheide and the grand jurists and it took a lot of time.  Basically all it said was a sodium amytal interview would make the person taking the amytal relive the event which would be too traumatic for him.  Seriously, you can take a drug and they say, he Jeff did you kill your family and you say nope and the Grand Jury would have come back probably immediately with a no bill but you say you don’t want it because it would be to traumatic.  Oh fuck puhlease.  If there is a drug that they could give you and it would basically clear you if you were telling the truth who in the fuck would not take it?   Oh a guilty one, that’s who.

So okay Woerheide got tired of playing with the long eviscerated carcass of Macdouchbag and they voted and he was indicted on three counts of murder.  YAY.

Bernie Segal immediately peed on the parade and filed a motion that he had not been afforded a speedy trial and therefor this should be thrown out.  While the fourth circuit court decided on this issue  MacHolyfuckIcan’tbelievethishappened got let out on bail  They ultimately decided that MacDieofahorribledisease  only had an article 32 which is basically the army equivalent of a  grand jury inquiry and because the military and civilian court were two totally different things,  jeopardy was NOT attached.  The FBI skipped on down to California to bring him back to Raleigh to face trial for the murder of his wife and two and a half children.  Jeffrey was shocked that he being mister perfect and all was not being believed by any of these people.  It was starting to piss him off a little.

In the interim between bail and the courts decision Victor Woerheide dropped dead of a heart attack on his front lawn.  Freddy was beside himself.  Woerheide was his bulldog, Woerheide would make sure Jeffy paid.  Brian Murtagh assured him that a very excellent lawyer would be taking Woerheide’s place.  Enter James Blackburn.  James Blackburn had never tried a murder case his entire career and was the complete antithesis of everything Woerheide had been.  It was now Mildred who did her best to shore up Freddy after  so many years of it being the other way around.  Mildred calmed Freddy down and said she had faith that while Mr. Blackburn may have a different way about him, he would not have been assigned this case if he did not have the necessary tools to get the job done.  Freddy would turn out to be greatly surprised by the tenacity of Mr. Blackburn. He wasn’t a bulldog, he was a bull terrier.

Jeffy and company set up camp at a frat house and proceeded to prep for trial.  He was still out on bond and one day he decided to give an  interview to a rookie reporter.  when asked about the trial he became indignant.  This is what he said. “There is no case,” MacDonald said. “They know there is no case. What they are trying to do is, they are trying to mound up a pile of stuff and make it look like a good investigation was done, and then in a closing argument, unbuttressed with any facts at all, they’re going to misinterpret the witnesses’ words. You watch.”

He heaped special scorn on two people he held principally responsible: His stepfather-in-law, Alfred Kassab, whose complaint with the Justice Department was the basis for re-opening the case; and Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Murtagh, who helped prepare the case for trial.

And then he brought it up. The blue pajama top.

MacDonald had worn it the night of the murders. He said a government expert had come up with a model of that shirt, which would be shown during the trial.
“(It’s) something he devised in 1974 that he felt added to the case,” MacDonald said
He didn’t seem particularly worked up about this model. And showing my inexperience, I didn’t ask him to explain further.

But a few weeks later, its significance showed when the former FBI expert, Paul Stombaugh, took the stand.
Stombaugh said the shirt had 48 ice pick holes in it, more than four times the number of wounds found on MacDonald. None of the holes matched his wounds. But it was possible to fold the shirt in such a way that the holes equaled the 21 ice pick thrusts into the chest of MacDonald’s wife, Colette.
The shirt was found on her chest. MacDonald said he only put it there after regaining consciousness and finding her severely wounded.
But prosecutors asserted that he stabbed his wife with the ice pick through the pajama top to simulate an attack on him. { *Rick Thames*}

In one of the most brilliant maneuvers in courtroom history, Brian Murtagh had Jim Blackburn flail away at him as he held a pyjama top of the same type wrapped around his hands as MacFuckingdiealready had said his hands had been trapped in the top.  Even in the controlled setting of the courtroom, Brian Murtagh received a significant icepick wound on his hand.  Jeffy had received not a single wound of any kind other than those already spoken of.  He had never had any wounds on his hands, fingers or forearms.  It was a shocking display, especially when the unravelled the top and saw all the ragged torn holes, not nice little cylindrical punctures like the holes in the actual pyjama top.

Bernie Segal, who had his head so far up his own ass that he actually thought they were winning the thing asked if Mr. Murtagh required a doctor to some tittering from the gallery.

That’s it for tonight kids.  Tomorrow, what a bloody mess, trying to suborn perjury and if they hear about  that pony one more time they are gonna puke.

 

 

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13 Responses to None Of It Was Real, We Were Trying To Get A Reality Show…er Jeffrey MacDonald Killed His Whole Entire Family Part 7

  1. renaes24 says:

    The Sodium Amytal ‘test’ is a red-herring. It does NOT have lie-detecting abilities nor the ability to make someone more truthful. Yes, it lowers abilities……as does almost every other drug used in anesthesia and opiates.
    A polygraph is bullshit (and the ones today are only slightly better). A liar can be deemed ‘truthful’ and a truthful person can be labeled a ‘liar’.
    As far as THIS case: did Jeffy do the deed? Probably/likely/very likely……to about 95%. HOWEVER, the scene was sooooo badly compromised ; the time it took to get this case into a court (and other things) severely limited the defense. (Again, though it is almost a certainty that he did it…..there was a lot to be desired in the way this was handled).
    My biggest gripe is not the did he/didn’t he……I really despise the book that was written by JM (Fatal Vision). Having worked with Jeff during some of the time that the author was covering/following around, I saw NONE of the traits that were stated in the book. I did not see: evidence of drug usage/uncontrolled anger/aggression/being an overt neat-freak/braggart/domineering personality or any of that. I saw a good doctor who did his best in the emergency room setting/who was always willing and able to teach the latest methods and someone who when he had to chastise any member of the team, took them aside and did it very professionally. Considering the stress he must have been under at that time……I find it remarkable. BUT…….that does not make him an innocent man. It only makes the author of Fatal Vision, someone that confabulates and exaggerates.

    • reallybigmeandog says:

      Thank you Renae. I’ve never met either so I have no opinion other than those rendered by way more than just JM. As for amytal, scopolamine would have been a far superior idea, but I don’t even know if they knew that existed back then and he actually did take two private polygraphs and failed both.

  2. TrulyUSA says:

    Loving this story and your writing. I’m hooked. The blue pajama top is his undoing so far – too bad the scene was so compromised.

    • reallybigmeandog says:

      Oh truly, he almost got away with it so badly was the scene compromised. And you can’t even really blame the first responders. Back then protocol was way different. The had a live human and preserving the crime scene was not something even considered.

  3. Criddy says:

    In one of the police interviews I read he agreed to a polygraph, didn’t this eventuate?

    • reallybigmeandog says:

      It was not a police interview it was a cid interview and he did agree but then left and changed his mind. I don’t blame him, in the 70;s there is no way I would have taken one either and I live in Canada and was like 5 when this happened. Also I am not biased, Jeffrey MacDonald was the first murder case I ever did a report on. It was in grade school and I have over the years been in contact with several people who were involved in the case including colettes brother bob Stephenson and Jim Blackburn and Brian Murtagh when I was in grade school
      .

    • reallybigmeandog says:

      Oh and he did take two private polygraphs and failed them both.

      • Criddy says:

        Oh ok, can ya read the records of these anywhere? Like I said on my Facebook post~I’ve only just started reading into this case so all my questions come from curiosity…

  4. Criddy says:

    Also, what do you think his intent was if it wasn’t to kill Collette?

  5. reallybigmeandog says:

    I think it was just a fight that got way out of hand, He was using speed, a physical fight broke out and everything just happened.

    • Criddy says:

      Aah ok, him using speed explains a few things, I had read a cpl things claiming that he was but I wasn’t sure if it was fact or not.

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