The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Annals of Crime #71

Original Caption:

Fort Bragg -- Overturned toys litter the children's bedroom in the home of an Army doctor, Captain Jeffrey MacDonald, following the murder of MacDonald's wife and two daughters by three men and a blond woman. The bed, shown partially on right, is smeared with blood stains. The girls were found slain in their bedroom, while a wounded MacDonald, apparently left for dead, was found in the master bedroom near his wife's body. (1970)


rookgaroo said...

I'm a rabid true-crime buff, and this is one of the most heartbreaking cases imaginable.
Interestingly, MacDonald sued Joe McGinniss, the author of Fatal Vision, for breach of contract, including "journalistic distortion". The case ended in a mistrial and then was settled out of court, with McGinniss paying $325,000.
In 1995, Jerry Allen Potter and Fred Bost wrote "Fatal Justice: Reinvestigating the MacDonald Murders. The book documents a slew of new and withheld evidence. It's an incredibly fascinating eye-opener for anyone whose knowledge of the case is restricted to McGinniss' book or the movie it spawned. Whether or not it changes your mind about MacDonald's guilt (it does not absolve him beyond all doubt), it definitely demonstrates that he did not receive a fair trial.

rookgaroo said...

Prior to my first comment, I should have pointed out that the "three men and a blonde woman" story didn't sell, and MacDonald was convicted of the murders. His wife was pregnant at the time of the killings. He's been in prison since 1979.

Christopher said...

It all was so soon after the Manson killings and all so similar to be believed, yet strange coincidences do happen..

pinstripebindi said...

I refuse to believe any actual murderous hippy would shout "Acid is groovy, kill the pigs!" That reeks of something made up by someone who had no actual experience of hippies, murderous or otherwise.

Tommy O'C said...

I agree, pinstripebindi. And then some.

MacDonald is where he belongs.

rookgaroo said...

Don't forget the recently read magazine with the article about Manson on the table. That's why I recommend reading Fatal Justice. Like I said, it doesn't prove him innocent, it just offers more information and evidence. Personally, I've always believed MacDonald was guilty. But putting away a guilty person is more satisfying if you can do it by the rules. Plus there's always the little matter of constitutional rights. I've just ordered Scales of Justice: The Murders of Colette, Kimberley & Kristen MacDonald by Christina Masewicz , which someone tells me has no slant whatsoever toward guilt or innocence - it just lays out all the evidence and facts known about the case. I've been told it has even convinced some of MacDonald's supporters that he is guilty.

sabo76 said...

His story reeks of the "bushy hair man" type of distraction these folks like to invent to throw off police.