American Justice: The Green Beret Murder Mystery [DVD]

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American Justice: The Green Beret Murder Mystery
A&E profiles the case of Dr. Jeffrey Macdonald in American Justice: The Green Beret Murder Mystery. In 1970, Macdonald lived on Fort Bragg with his wife and two children. They were happily married by all accounts and intended to enjoy their limited stay in North Carolina. But that all ended when Macdonald's family was viciously attacked. The mother and daughters died immediately and Macdonald was hospitalized for his injuries including a punctured lung. During the investigation, military police tracked dirt through the house, corrupted the evidence, and failed to track any leads. It was reported that the ambulance driver stole Macdonald's wallet. The doctor was initially tried before an Army court and won. But his ridicule of the system and public disdain for the proceedings ensured his tragic future. In 1974, Macdonald was convicted of murdering his family. His defense believed the prosecution was on a warpath after suffering the humiliation of shoddy casework. Despite a direct confession from another suspect, the incorrect collection and analysis of clues by the police, and a blatant refusal to disclose new evidence, Macdonald's appeals have been denied. His last bid to test DNA found at the scene was granted, however, and the doctor's supporters are hopeful about the results. Through interviews with lawyers and Macdonald, A&E traces a disturbing path through the wreckage of one American family. ~ Sarah Ing, Rovi

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