What part if any did
Helena Stoeckley have in the murders?
The first MP to respond
to MacDonald's emergency call, was Kenneth Mica. He immediately
told 1st Lieutenant, Joe Paulk, he and his partner saw a woman
with a floppy hat and long, light colored hair, dressed as MacDonald
described on a desolate street corner, a few blocks away, standing
in the rain. Mica
stated, if they had not been responding to an emergency, they
would have stopped to check. It was unusual for any one to be
there at that time.
He suggested that someone
should check it out but 1st Lieutenant Paulk did not issue an
order to investigate this mystery woman, nor were any road blocks
Mica was ordered by
his superiors not to mention that he thought he had seen the mystery
woman. This did not set right with Mica, he had told Colonel Kriwanek
and 1st Lieutenant Paulk about his sighting, and he had filed
an official, but still secret statement.
According to Bill Ivory,
CID Agent, Helena Stoeckley, was a red herring they could never
shake but she had no part in or knowledge of the murders. She
was a snitch, a drug addict, and a mentally confused person who
had no idea what she was saying.
If she was so crazy
and unreliable, why was she used as a snitch?
An informant for several
law enforcement agencies, she was considered sufficiently reliable
provide local police with the information to make arrests for
over 200 drug related crimes.
This was kept hidden
until the 1983 release of FOIA documents. FOIA documents proved
Helena Stoeckley was considered so competent, that she was used
by the Nashville Police Department for Internal Affairs investigations.
The government had kept this information hidden.
Not only was Stoeckley
smarter than they had let on, she was also able to describe the
MacDonald apartment with details so accurate they could have only
been observed by someone who had been there. She knew many details
never reported. When she tried to confess, in 1972, Stoeckley
was instructed by the CID to let sleeping dogs lie. Shortly after
the murders she offered to tell how it happened, why it happened
and who was involved, in exchange for immunity but the government
refused her offers stating that she was crazy.
On one of her many
interviews with Ted Gunderson, while pregnant and off of drugs,
she stated, if offered immunity after her baby was born, she would
come forward to everything. From the beginning, she maintained
Greg Mitchell killed Colette. Several months after the birth of
her son, in 1983, Helena Stoeckley was found in her apartment,
dead from cirrhosis of the liver.
In 1971, Stoeckley
was polygraphed by Robert Brisentine, United States Army lead
polygrapher. The test results corroborated she was present at
the scene, and knew the identity of the co-assailants, according
to Mr. Brisentine. Mr.Brisentine was ordered not to discuss his
results with the defense, but he did so over their objections.
Due to Judge Dupree rulings at the trial, this testimony was never
heard by the jury .
In 1982, Stoeckley
was polygraphed again by a different examiner. The results were
Ted Gunderson again
had her polygraphed and examined by Dr. Rex Julian Beaber, Forensic
Psychologist, UCLA California. Beaber found Stoeckley totally
capable of recall, memory and accurate testimony. She even signed
several confessions that she was involved.
Was Stoeckley just
a drug crazed person who did not know what she was saying? Sadly,
we may never know because of the way the government handled the
case and for refusing immunity, since they already had nothing
to lose. According to one government investigators, her letter
"G" matched the "G" in the word "PIG"
written in blood on the headboard of MacDonald’s bed. These
comparisons were based on writing samples found on the walls of
One person Stoeckley
confessed to, claims shortly after the murders, Stoeckley gave
her bloody clothes with boots, to hide from the police. Frightened,
this witness turned the bloody items over to the Army CID. These
items were later returned to the witness, but were not in the
same condition as when they were given to the CID. The CID claims
that this evidence tested negative for blood. The CID refused
to produce lab tests or reports to corroborate their statement.
Blond synthetic wig
hairs, 22 – 27" in length, were found in a hair brush,
in the living room, where MacDonald stated he saw the woman. Yet
these hairs were not reported as found at the scene, until years
later, when they were found due to FOIA in a vial marked "light
and dark hairs." The government then countered that they
were made of saran and were doll hairs. The defense team located
manufacturers that used saran to make human synthetic wigs, and
nobody in the MacDonald home had any wigs or toys made by that
manufacturer, but the government states that is not true according
to CID lab notes April 20, 1971, May 7, 1971, E-323 and Q75.
All the investigators
knew Helena Stoeckley wore a blond wig which matched the description
given by MacDonald and MP Kenneth Mica.
Stoeckley was on drugs
that night, has no alibi and confessed to being involved in the
Greg Mitchell, found
dead several months after Helena Stoeckley, also confessed to
being involved, stating he was in serious trouble and needed to
get away, on different occasions, under various circumstances,
to numerous people. His wife even reported that she was sure that
he had been involved. It all fell on deaf ears. The government,
was not interested, they refused to accept his confession as being
reliable. They claim it is all lies since he was heavily involved
in drugs, and did not know what he was talking about. The cause
of his death was also listed as cirrhosis.
What do Colette's
parent's and the grandparents to the children think about