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2012.10.14: Errol wrote an article for the New York Times on MacDonald's latest hearing in Wilmington, North Carolina.
CASE MATERIALS
  • 1970
  • 1970 CASE MATERIALS
    Category Date Document View
    1970.XX.XX This is Fort Bragg, phonebook pdf
    1970.02.17 FBI telex, Charlotte to Director, news of murders pdf
    1970.02.17 FBI telex, Director to SAC Murphy, case probably tried in USDC, conform to FRCP pdf
    1970.02.17 James Williams, CID statement re Badger pdf
    Autopsy
    1970.02.17 Colette MacDonald, death certificate pdf
    1970.02.17 Kimberley MacDonald, death certificate pdf
    1970.02.17 Kristen MacDonald, death certificate pdf
    1970.02.17 Dr George Gammel, Colette MacDonald autopsy protocol pdf
    1970.02.17 Dr George Gammel, Kimberley MacDonald autopsy protocol pdf
    1970.02.17 Dr George Gammel, Kristen MacDonald autopsy protocol pdf
    1970.02.17 Dr Frank Gemma et al, Jeffrey MacDonald medical records pdf
    1970.02.17 Leonard J. Maki, on finding MacDonald wallet pdf
    1970.02.17 Lt Joseph Paulk, notes on hospital interview pdf
    1970.02.17 Kenneth Mica, witness statement re scene pdf
    1970.02.17 Richard Tevere, witness statement re scene pdf
    1970.02.19 Pamela Kalin, witness statement pdf
    1970.02.22 Activities of CID forensic team pdf
    1970.02.25 Donald Jeffery, witness statement pdf
    1970.03.02 Dr Severt Jacobson, report on MacDonald in hospital pdf
    1970.04.06 Jeffrey MacDonald, CID interview pdf
    1970.04.14 Dr Russell Fisher, interview re state of bodies pdf
    1970.05.04 Dudley Warner, witness statement pdf
    1970.05.07 Dr. William Legat, witness statement pdf
    1970.05.08 Roger W Schafer, interview with Richard Purkiss pdf
    1970.05.09 John M Clark, interview with Dr. Paul Manson pdf
    1970.05.15 Deirdre Warner, witness statement pdf
    1970.06.03 William Ivory, witness statement pdf
    1970.06.26 Helena Stoeckley, clinical record pdf
    1970.06.26 Helena Stoeckley, additional medical records pdf
    Article 32 hearing 1970.07.06 Testimony of Carolyn Landen pdf
    1970.07.08 Testimony of Spc Kenneth Mica pdf
    1970.07.09 Testimony of Sgt Robert J. Duffy pdf
    1970.07.09 Testimony of Spc Dennis Morris pdf
    1970.07.10 Testimony of Donald Kalin pdf
    1970.07.10 Testimony of William Neal pdf
    1970.07.10 Testimony of William Straub pdf
    1970.07.10 Testimony of Colonel Robert Kingston pdf
    1970.07.10 Testimony of Specialist Michael Newman pdf
    1970.07.10 Testimony of Mrs Josephena Kingston pdf
    1970.07.10 Testimony of Dillard Browning pdf
    1970.07.12 Testimony of Specialist Four Craig Stanley Chamberlain pdf
    1970.07.14 Testimony of Miss Pamela Kalin pdf
    1970.07.14 Testimony of Specialist Four Craig Stanley Chamberlain pdf
    1970.07.16 Testimony of Captain William Hancock pdf
    1970.07.16 Testimony of Major George Gamel pdf
    1970.07.17 Testimony of Major Severt Jacobson pdf
    1970.07.22 Testimony of FBI Agent Robert Caverly pdf
    1970.08.14-16 Testimony of Jeffrey MacDonald at Stand pdf
    1970.10.28 FBI telex, Hoover to SAC Charlotte pdf
    CID reinvestigation 1970.12.21 James Paulsen, witness statement pdf
    1970.12.31 William Ivory, Witness Statement pdf
    1970.XX.XX Helena Stoeckley, ltr to Kathy Smith pdf
    1970.XX.XX Helena Stoeckley, ltr to Prince Beasley pdf
  • 1971
  • 1971 CASE MATERIALS
    Category Date Document View
    1971.07.06 Michael Malley, Article 32 journal pdf
    CID reinvestigation 1971.01.01 Peter Kearns, interview with Pat Reese pdf
    1971.01.04 William Ivory, witness statement re jewelry box pdf
    1971.01.05 Henry Tufts, reply to allegations of CID misconduct pdf
    1971.01.11 Warren Rock, partial statement pdf
    1971.02.01 Donald Kalin, witness statement pdf
    1971.02.01 Vicki Kalin, witness statement pdf
    1971.02.09 John Reynolds, interview with Pamela and Violet Kalin pdf
    1971.02.09 Peter Kearns, interview with Bob and Vivian Stevenson pdf
    1971.02.17 John Reynolds, interview with Rosalie Edwards pdf
    1971.02.19 Peter Kearns and Jack Pruett, interview with Jeffrey MacDonald pdf
    1971.02.22 Donald Kalin, witness statement pdf
    1971.03.01 John Reynolds, interview with Janice Pendlyshok pdf
    1971.03.01 Prince Beasley, witness statement pdf
    1971.03.09 Peter Kearns, request for fiber evidence jpg
    1971.03.19 Paul Connolly, witness statement pdf
    1971.03.20 Bennie Hawkins, witness statement pdf
    1971.03.27 Richard Mahon, interview with Ed Posey pdf
    1971.04.13 Betty Jane Bishop, witness statement pdf
    1971.04.23 Robert Brisentine, final polygraph report on Bruce Fowler pdf
    1971.04.23 Robert Brisentine, final polygraph report on Helena Stoeckley pdf
    1971.04.26 Robert Brisentine, statement on Stoeckley polygraph pdf
    1971.04.29 Jim Gaddis, CID statement pdf
    1971.05.05 Kathy Smith, CID statement pdf
    1971.05.07 Dianne Hedden Cazares, CID statement pdf
    1971.05.10 CID suspect interview, Janice Fowler pdf
    1971.05.11 Bruce Fowler, suspect statement pdf
    1971.05.11 Case progress files pdf
    1971.05.25 Gregory Mitchell, suspect statement pdf
    1971.05.27 Robert Brisentine, Mitchell polygraph report pdf
    1971.06.07 Robert Brisentine, William Posey polygraph report pdf
    1971.06.07 Col. Tufts, letter to FBI Director re Analysis of Physical Evidence pdf
    1971.08.03 Winnie Casper, witness statement pdf
    1971.08.09 Edwin Casper, witness statement pdf
    1971.08.24 Robert W. Butner, witness statement pdf
    1971.08.26 Mary Carol Butner, witness statement pdf
    1971.12.17 Richard Thoesen, witness statement pdf
    1971.12.17 William Ivory, witness statement, re investigative activities pdf
    FBI laboratory 1971.07.02 Report, early microscopic analyses pdf
  • 1972
  • 1972 CASE MATERIALS
    Category Date Document View
    1972.03.XX USACIL Consolidated Report pdf
    CID reinvestigation 1972.03.06 Kearns's summary of CID case pdf
    1972.04.05 Peter Kearns on fingerprints pdf
  • 1974
  • 1974 CASE MATERIALS
    Category Date Document View
    1974.08.07 Internal DOJ and FBI Memos re Upcoming Case pdf
    Grand jury
    1974.08.12-13 Testimony of Jeffrey MacDonald rtf
    1974.08.14 Testimony of Jeffrey MacDonald, continued rtf
    1974.08.15 Testimony of Jeffrey MacDonald, continued rtf
    1974.08.16 Grand Jury Investigation with Jeffrey MacDonald rtf
    1974.08.20 Grand Jury Investigation with William Ivory rtf
    1974.08.21 Grand Jury Investigation with William Ivory rtf
    FBI laboratory
    1974.09.30 FBI Laboratory Worksheet on MacDonald Specimens pdf
    1974.10.17 FBI Handdrawn Pictures and Breakdowns of Damage pdf
    1974.10.17 FBI Handwritten Notes pdf
    1974.10.17 FBI Lab Report 70-51728, received by Brian Murtagh pdf
    1974.10.17 Stombaugh Interpretation Letter pdf
    1974.11.05 FBI Lab Report, PC-L2873 JV, recd by P Stombaugh pdf
    1974.11.05 Internal DOJ and FBI Memos re Upcoming Case pdf
    1974.11.05 Stombaugh, letter pdf
  • 1975
  • 1975 CASE MATERIALS
    Category Date Document View
    Grand jury
    1975.01.14 Testimony of William Ivory (CID) rtf
    1975.01.15 Testimony of William Ivory (CID) rtf
    1975.01.14 Testimony of Craig Chamberlain (CID) rtf
    1975.01.14 Testimony of Janice Glisson (CID) rtf
    1975.01.15 Testimony of Janice Glisson rtf
    1975.01.15 Testimony of Paul Stombaugh (FBI Lab) rtf
    1975.01.16 Grand Jury Investigation with CID William Ivory rtf
    1975.01.17 Grand Jury Investigation with Alfred Kassab rtf
    1975.01.21 Grand Jury Investigation with Jeffrey MacDonald rtf
    1975.01.24 Deposition of Dr Sadoff rtf
    1975.09.12 Murtagh to Segal, re counsel of record and discovery pdf
    1975.09.19 FBI Lab Report and Handwritten Notes pdf
    1975.10.16 Murtagh to Segal, re location of Stoeckley pdf
  • 1979
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    1979 CASE MATERIALS
    Category Date Document View
    1979.XX.XX Memorandum to Brian Murtagh from Jeffrey Puretz pdf
    1979.03.14 FBI lab, microscopic analyses pdf
    1979.06.28 FBI Lab Report re Sweater Specimen pdf
    1979.07.16 Bernard Segal and Sterling Lord, life rights agreement pdf
    1979.08.03 Book contract, MacDonald and McGinniss pdf
    1979 Trial
    1979.07.19 Opening Addresses and Arguments pdf
    1979.07.19 Testimony of Richard Dennis Tevere (MP) pdf
    1979.07.19 Testimony of Kenneth Mica (MP) pdf
    1979.07.20 Testimony of Kenneth Mica (MP), continued pdf
    1979.07.20 Testimony of William Ivory (CID) pdf
    1979.07.23 Testimony of William Ivory (CID), continued pdf
    1979.07.24 Testimony of William Ivory (CID), continued pdf
    1979.07.25 Testimony of William Ivory (CID), continued pdf
    1979.07.25 Testimony of Robert Shaw (CID), continued pdf
    1979.07.26 Testimony of Robert Shaw (CID), continued pdf
    1979.07.26 Testimony of Dr. George Gammel pdf
    1979.07.26 Testimony of Dr. William Hancock pdf
    1979.07.27 Testimony of Elizabeth Krystia Ramage pdf
    1979.07.26 Testimony of Donald Murray (FBI) pdf
    1979.07.27 Testimony of Michael Newman pdf
    1979.07.27 Testimony of Paul Connolly (CID) pdf
    1979.07.27 Testimony of Dr. Severt Jacobson pdf
    1979.07.27 Testimony of Robert Caverly (FBI) pdf
    1979.07.30 Testimony of Robert Caverly, continued pdf
    1979.07.30 Testimony of Dr. Merrill Bronstein pdf
    1979.07.30 Testimony of Dr. Frank Gemma pdf
    1979.07.30 Testimony of Bennie Hawkins (CID) pdf
    1979.07.30 Testimony of Ralph Turbyfill (CID) pdf
    1979.07.30 Testimony of Charles Cooper (CID) pdf
    1979.07.30 Testimony of Hilyard Medlin (CID) pdf
    1979.07.31 Testimony of Hilyard Medlin (CID), continued pdf
    1979.08.01 Testimony of Mildred Kassab pdf
    1979.08.01 Testimony of Craig Chamberlain pdf
    1979.08.02 Testimony of Craig Chamberlain pdf
    1979.08.02 Testimony of Larry Flinn pdf
    1979.08.02 Testimony of Pamela Kalin Cochran pdf
    1979.08.02 Testimony of Terry Laber pdf
    1979.08.02 Testimony of Janice Glisson pdf
    1979.08.06 Testimony of Dillard Browning pdf
    1979.08.06 Testimony of Charles Michael Hoffman pdf
    1979.08.07 Testimony of Paul Stombaugh (FBI) pdf
    1979.08.08 Testimony of Paul Stombaugh (FBI) pdf
    1979.08.09 Testimony of Paul Stombaugh (FBI) pdf
    1979.08.09 Testimony of Shirley Green (FBI) pdf
    1979.08.10 Testimony of Shirley Green pdf
    1979.08.10 Prosecution enters Esquire magazine into evidence pdf
    1979.08.13 Defense presents legal motions pdf
    1979.08.13 Testimony of Vincent P Guinn pdf
    1979.08.13 Testimony of James Osterburg (defense expert, fingerprinting) pdf
    1979.08.14 Testimony of James Osterburg (defense expert, fingerprinting), continued pdf
    1979.08.14 Testimony of Dr. John Thorton (defense expert, forensics) pdf
    1979.08.15 Testimony of Dr. John Thornton (defense expert, forensics), continued pdf
    1979.08.15 Testimony of Dr. George Podgorny (defense expert, medicine) pdf
    1979.08.15 Testimony of Charles Morton (defense expert, forensics) pdf
    1979.08.16 Testimony of Prince E. Beasley pdf
    1979.08.17 Testimony of Helena Stoeckley pdf
    1979.08.17 Testimony of Jane Zillioux pdf
    1979.08.17 Testimony of P E Beasley pdf
    1979.08.17 Testimony of Robert Brisentine Jr pdf
    1979.08.17 Testimony of William Posey pdf
    1979.08.20 Testimony of Carmine Taylor Welch pdf
    1979.08.20 Testimony of Charles Underhill pdf
    1979.08.20 Testimony of Jane Zillioux pdf
    1979.08.20 Testimony of Wendy Rowdex pdf
    1979.08.20 Testimony of William Posey pdf
    1979.08.22 Testimony of Dorothy MacDonald pdf
    1979.08.22 Testimony of Helen Fell pdf
    1979.08.22 Testimony of James Moore pdf
    1979.08.23 Testimony of Jeffrey MacDonald day 1 pdf
    1979.08.24 Testimony of Jeffrey MacDonald day 2 pdf
    1979.08.27 Testimony of Jerry Hughes pdf
    1979.08.27 Testimony of John Myers pdf
    1979.08.27 Testimony of Mary Thoesen pdf
    1979.08.27 Testimony of William Neal pdf
    1979.08.29 Court ruling pdf
    1979.08.29 Polling of the Jury pdf
    1979.08.29 Verdict of the Jury pdf
    1979.09.24 Evidence Receipt and Attached List pdf
    1979.09.28 McG to JRM pdf
    1979.12.18 McG to JRM [Norton] pdf
  • 1980
  • 1980 CASE MATERIALS
    Category Date Document View
    1980.01.16 McG to JRM [First tapes] pdf
    Gunderson report
    1980.01.15 Charles 'Red' Underhill, statement to Myers pdf
    1980.01.15 James Gaddis, statement to Myers pdf
    1980.01.15 Jane Zillioux, statement to Myers pdf
    1980.01.15 Prince Beasley, statement to Myers pdf
    1980.01.15 Robert Brisentine, statement to Myers pdf
    1980.01.16 Ed Posey, statement to Myers pdf
    1980.01.20 Joe McGinniss, contributions pdf
    1980.01.21 Jackie Don Wolverton, statement to Myers pdf
    1980.01.21 James Faircloth, statement to Myers pdf
    1980.01.21 James Friar, statement to Myers pdf
    1980.01.21 Jeffrey MacDonald, recollections pdf
    1980.01.23 Jerry Leonard, statement to J D Myers jpg
    1980.01.23 Lynne Markstein, statement to Myers pdf
    1980.01.25 Kay Reibold, statement to Myers pdf
    1980.01.28 Frankie Bushey, statement to Myers pdf
    1980.01.30 Interview with Paul Stombaugh pdf
    1980.04.11 investigation synopsis pdf
    1980.04.11 More information on Friar, Posey, hobbyhorse pdf
    1980.04.11 Possible conflict of interest pdf
    1980.04.11 Statement of facts pdf
    1980.04.11 Reconstruction of Castle Drive neighborhood pdf
  • 1981
  • 1981 CASE MATERIALS
    Category Date Document View
    1981.11.03 McGinniss to Morgan Entrekin, letter pdf
  • 1982
  • 1982 CASE MATERIALS
    Category Date Document View
    1982.03.11 Dorothy MacDonald, agreement with McGinniss pdf
    1982.05.04 McG to JRM [artistic control] pdf
  • 1983
  • 1983 CASE MATERIALS
    Category Date Document View
    1983.03.03 McG to S Lord [60 Minutes] pdf
    1983.03.16 McG to JRM cc S Lord.pdf pdf
  • 1987
  • 1987 CASE MATERIALS
    Category Date Document View
    MacDonald v McGinniss
    1987.07.07 Day 1 transcript (Jury selection) pdf
    1987.07.08 Day 2 transcript (Opening statements) pdf
    1987.07.09 Day 3 transcript (Bernard Segal) pdf
    1987.07.10 Day 4 transcript (Bernard Segal, Sterling Lord) pdf
    1987.07.11 Day 5 transcript (Sterling Lord, Dorothy MacDonald) pdf
    1987.07.15 Day 6 transcript (Michael Malley) pdf
    1987.07.16 Day 7 transcript (McGinniss) pdf
    1987.07.17 Day 9 transcript (McGinniss) pdf
    1987.07.22 Day 10 transcript (Buckley) pdf
    1987.07.23 Day 11 transcript (MacDonald) pdf
    1987.07.24 Day 12 transcript (MacDonald) pdf
    1987.07.28 Day 13 transcript (MacDonald) pdf
    1987.07.29 Day 14 transcript (MacDonald) pdf
    1987.07.30 Day 15 transcript (MacDonald) pdf
    1987.07.31 Day 16 transcript (MacDonald) pdf
    1987.08.04 Day 17 transcript (MacDonald) pdf
    1987.08.05 Day 18 transcript (MacDonald) pdf
    1987.08.06 Day 19 transcript (McGinniss, Samenow) pdf
    1987.08.07 Day 20 transcript (Stone, Barbato, Standaert, Healey, Kassab) pdf
    1987.08.11 Day 21 transcript (Backster, Elliot, Andrews, Sadoff, MacGinniss) pdf
    1987.08.12 Day 22 transcript (Opening Argument) pdf
    1987.08.13 Day 23 transcript (Closing Argument for MacGinniss) pdf
  • 1988
  • 1988 CASE MATERIALS
    Category Date Document View
    1988.07.24 J.R.MacDonald Importance of Fibers and Blood to Defense Team pdf
    1988.08.16 MacDonald Relays Diagrams of FBIs Paul Stombaugh to Defense Team pdf
    1988.08.16 MacDonald Relays Diagrams of Holes from FBIs Paul Stombaugh to Defense Team pdf
    1988.08.16 MacDonald Relays More Diagrams from FBIs Paul Stombaugh to Defense Team pdf
    1988.08.16 MacDonald Relays Photographs of Holes from FBIs Paul Stombaugh to Defense Team pdf
    1988.12.17 MacDonald Presents 3 Subjects for Defense Team pdf
  • 1989
  • 1989 CASE MATERIALS
  • 1991
  • 1991 CASE MATERIALS
    Category Date Document View
    1991.02.05 Janice Glisson, affidavit pdf
    1991.02.14 Michael P. Malone, affidavit pdf
  • 1996
  • 1996 CASE MATERIALS
  • 2003
  • 2003 CASE MATERIALS
    Category Date Document View
    2003.06.25 Everett Morse, affidavit pdf
  • 2005
  • 2005 CASE MATERIALS
    Category Date Document View
    2005.06.14 Donald Buffkin, affidavit pdf
    2005.11.03 Jimmy Britt, affidavit pdf
    2005.11.XX Lee Tart, affidavit pdf
    2005.12.XX Bryant Lane, affidavit pdf
    2005.XX.XX Wendy Rouder, affidavit pdf
  • 2007
  • 2007 CASE MATERIALS
    Category Date Document View
    2007.04.16 Helena Stoeckley, affidavit pdf
  • 2008
  • 2008 CASE MATERIALS
    Category Date Document View
    2008.11.06 Judge James Fox, opinion pdf
  • 2009
  • 2009 CASE MATERIALS
    Category Date Document View
    2009.03.29 The Innocence Project, amicus brief pdf
  • 2010
  • 2010 CASE MATERIALS
    Category Date Document View
    2010.06.15 NACDL, IP, NEIP, NCCAI, amicus brief pdf
  • 2011
  • 2011 CASE MATERIALS
    Category Date Document View
    2011.04.19 Fourth Circuit, opinion pdf
  • 2012
  • 2012 CASE MATERIALS
    Category Date Document View
    2012 evidentiary hearing
    2012.09.17 Day 1 transcript: Wade Smith and Mary Britt pdf
    2012.09.18 Day 2 transcript: Mary Britt, Gene Stoeckley, Wendy Rouder, Laura Redd and Sarah McMann pdf
    2012.09.19 Day 3 transcript: Frank Mills, Dennis Meehan, Janice Meehan, Eddie Sigmon, William Berryhill, Maddie Reddick, Rich Leonard & James Blackburn pdf
    2012.09.20 Day 4 transcript: Jack Crawley, William Ivory, and Raymond "Butch" Madden pdf
    2012.09.20 Jerry Leonard affidavit pdf
    2012.09.21 Day 5 transcript: Raymond "Butch" Madden and Joe McGinniss pdf
    2012.09.24 Day 6 transcript: Joe McGinniss and Jerry Leonard pdf
    2012.09.25 Day 7 transcript: Closing arguments pdf
PRESS

"A Wilderness of Error upends nearly everything you think you know about these killings and their aftermath. Watching Mr. Morris wade into this thicket of material is like watching an aggrieved parent walk into a teenager's fetid, clothes- and Doritos-strewed bedroom and neatly sort and disinfect until the place shines. He will leave you 85 percent certain that Mr. MacDonald is innocent. He will leave you 100 percent certain he did not get a fair trial..."
"...Mr. Morris has produced a brilliant book about the vulnerability of justice to the preconceptions of prosecutors and the power of certain narratives to crowd out all others, even highly plausible ones. I strongly recommend this book."
"...[Errol] examin[es] evidence that was not heard in court; rejecting evidence that was; explaining how the crime scene had been tampered with..."

"...the character studies are magnificent, the attention to detail extraordinary, and the effect on the audience is dizzying, disorienting, and thought-provoking."
"...a beautifully produced book, with chapters set off by line drawings of crucial objects in the case: a toppled coffee table, a flower pot, a rocking horse... Morris may geek out on minutiae and hypotheticals, but he is enough of an artist to convey that every crime scene is a dialogue between time, as it sweeps away the irrecoverable past, and the material world."
"The book strays pretty far from the standard true-crime template, which turns out to be a great thing - Morris' narrative experimentation lends the subject matter urgency and a heightened sense of terror and dread... A Wilderness of Error is both great and important - it's a beautifully written book, and it has the potential to change the way the country thinks about a justice system that has obviously lost its way."
"After you read almost 400 pages of A Wilderness of Error, you are desperate to know: How do those who believe MacDonald killed his family explain why he did it? It is at this point that Morris presents the answer Joe McGinnis came up with, the answer that has come to be the more or less official explanation. It is—let's be charitable—a stretch."
"Have I simply fallen under the spell of Errol Morris's book? I don't know the answer. It's a question that goes to the heart of what makes A Wilderness of Error so fascinating. Like criminal investigation more generally, the book serves as a high-stakes testing ground for the ability to keep absorbing facts and holding off the onrush of opinion, the ability to fend off the psychological weaknesses and creeping biases that beset us all."
"Morris has become one of America's most idiosyncratic, prolific and provocative public intellectuals."
"Compared to McGinniss, Errol Morris has done a far more ethical job of rounding up the facts in this case.
...And yet Morris is careful, in recounting all the evidence, to include facts that contradict his own view. After reading his book, it's difficult not to think it at least possible that MacDonald is innocent. And if his innocence is possible, he shouldn't be in jail."
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