MacDonald, Jeffrey

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MacDonald, Jeffrey Gender: M
Jeffrey Robert MacDonald
born on 12 October 1943 at 17:53 (= 5:53 PM )
Place New York, New York, 40n43, 74w0
Timezone EWT h4w (is war time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 18°42' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 10°04 Asc.s_aricol.18.gif 08°24'


American physician and Army Green Beret whose wife and two kids were murdered, a famous case known as the Green Beret murders. He was acquitted by the army, then tried and convicted in civilian court.

MacDonald grew up on Long Island, NY, the second of three children. He went to Patchogue High School and was absent March of his sophomore year. Having badly injured his older brother in a sibling row, he was sent to Baytown, Texas to stay with friends. Returning to Long Island, he was president of the Student Council, quarterback of the football team, king of the senior prom, voted most likely to succeed and most popular. Blond, 5'11" with a firm handshake, MacDonald is handsome and charismatic. He went to Princeton and finished in three years, going on to Northwestern University Medical School. He spent his intern year at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City.

Enlisting in the army, he volunteered to be a Green Beret. At 3:40 AM on 2/17/1970, MacDonald called the operator at Fort Bragg, NC where he was stationed and asked for an ambulance. MP's were sent and entered the crime scene, disrupting evidence. MacDonald's story was similar to the Sharon Tate-Manson story, four hippie men and a woman on drugs broke into the house, killed his family and wounded him. Physical and blood evidence did not corroborate his story. Willing to work over 18 hours a day, at the time of the murders, MacDonald had two jobs in addition to his army duties and was taking diet pills to stay awake. These pills are no longer on the market due to the side-effect of paranoia. He was indicted on 5/01/1970, 4:00 PM. A military hearing began on 7/06/1970. The Army Board of Inquiry said there was insufficient proof to convict and he immediately applied for an honorable discharge.

Six months later he moved into a $350,000 southern California condo, purchased a Maserati and a 34 foot yacht and began working at St. Mary's Hospital in Long Beach. His father-in-law, Fred Kassab, after believing him innocent, read the 13 volumes of transcripts from the inquiry, changed his mind and finally persuaded civil authorities to take MacDonald to trial.

On 8/19/1979 he was convicted and sentenced to three consecutive life terms. This decision was overturned as a result of appeal on 7/31/1980. An eye witness report of the murders caused the conviction to be reinstated on 3/31/1982. In 1982 MacDonald gave interviews to Joe McGinniss who wrote "Fatal Vision," which became a best seller and a TV mini-series in November 1984. On 12/19/1985 a federal appellate judge upheld his conviction. A civil jury did not find him responsible in 1987. He has tried appeals all the way to the Supreme Court and has had them denied. In late 1990 he engaged Harvey Silverglate as his attorney and Alan Dershowitz as a consultant.

Jeff met his wife Colette when they were kids around age 12. On 8/30/1963 Colette told her aunt she was pregnant and they were married soon after. At the time of the murders, their daughter Kimberly was five and Kristen was two. Colette was four months pregnant.

He received a back injury while playing high school football. On 2/17/1970 he had multiple small contusions and cuts and his right lung was slightly punctured from a small cut between his ribs. MacDonald is imprisoned at Fort Bragg, NC and is still proclaiming after 20 years that a group of drug-crazed hippies entered his apartment and killed his pregnant wife and daughters.

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  • Social : Secrets revealed 30 August 1963 (Colette claims she pregnant, married soon after)
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  • Crime : Homicide Perpetration 17 February 1970 at 3:00 PM (Wife and two daughters)
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  • Crime : Trial dates 6 July 1970 (Military hearing began)
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  • Crime : Trial dates 19 August 1979 (Convicted of murders)
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  • Social : Secrets revealed 1982 (Interviewed by Joe McGinniss, book followed)

Source Notes

Karma Welsh quotes B.C. obtained by a friend and read to Karma over the phone. (Marian March has 5:54 PM, Jamaica, NY, from Robert Jansky 3/1985 "from MacDonald's mom."


  • Traits : Mind : Education extensive (Princeton in three yrs., med school)
  • Traits : Personality : Charismatic
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Drugs
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Psychotic Episode (Paranoia, possibly from drugs, killed family)
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Second of three)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two daughters)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Homicide many at once (Three)
  • Vocation : Medical : Physician
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (Green Beret)
  • Notable : Famous : Criminal cases (Killed his family: book, films and TV)
  • Notable : Book Collection : Occult/ Misc. Collection