version of what happened is that Jeffrey and Colette got into
a life and death battle. This theory justified the multiple wounds
on MacDonald as being from a fight with Colette, self inflicted
or a combination of both.
According to government,
all except one of MacDonald’s wounds, were caused by his
wife during their altercation. The exception, being the wound
that caused his partial collapsed lung, on his right side. This
was a wound, the government contended, deliberately and carefully
inflicted to make it appear he was seriously injured. They belittled
the seriousness of the, so called, "self inflicted"
wound, declaring it carefully incised without endangering his
life. Prosecutors ignored the 1970 testimony from multiple doctors
describing the seriousness and dangers of such a wound. One of
the most accurate descriptions of the danger of this type of wound
was from the state medical examiner, hired by Army Prosecutors
to give an independent evaluation. These doctors were never again
called to testify. At trial, only one doctor testified on this.
He said it was possible to do it to one self, based on what the
prosecutors had shown him.
In following their
script of Jeffrey and Colette doing bloody battle, the prosecutors
were forced to deny that MacDonald suffered any ice pick wounds.
February 7, 1985, during
a television interview on Channel 40, Fayetteville, North Carolina,
James Blackburn, a former prosecutor on the case, stated physicians
testified at the trial that MacDonald suffered no ice pick wounds.
This is not true.
Documented the medical
reports acknowledged obvious the ice picks wounds. But the ice
pick wounds didn't work with the prosecution’s theory. It
would show a vicious Colette wielding both a knife and an ice
pick against her husband in a highly successful, ambidextrous
One reason the prosecutors
felt confident in denying the extent of MacDonald’s wounds
is the CID and hospital personnel failed to photograph of his
injuries. It was necessary to look elsewhere in the government’s
documentation to get a complete, more accurate picture of the
scope and seriousness all of MacDonald’s injuries. The complete
facts, significantly contradict the scenario and information the
The facts surrounding
the weapons are very different than those presented by the government.
How would MacDonald
do on a polygraph -- a lie detector test?