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It is the longest-running criminal case in U.S. history, and one of the most horrifying murder cases of its time, with chilling echoes of the Manson Family’s “Helter Skelter” killings: Jeffrey MacDonald, a handsome, Ivy League–educated Green Beret Army doctor, accused of brutally stabbing and clubbing to death his pregnant wife and two young daughters in the middle of the night. MacDonald was eventually convicted and is serving three consecutive life sentences. The writer Joe McGinniss first got drawn into the ...

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Overview

It is the longest-running criminal case in U.S. history, and one of the most horrifying murder cases of its time, with chilling echoes of the Manson Family’s “Helter Skelter” killings: Jeffrey MacDonald, a handsome, Ivy League–educated Green Beret Army doctor, accused of brutally stabbing and clubbing to death his pregnant wife and two young daughters in the middle of the night. MacDonald was eventually convicted and is serving three consecutive life sentences. The writer Joe McGinniss first got drawn into the story in 1979, when he began work on what became the definitive account of the case, "Fatal Vision." But in the years since, MacDonald has never stopped filing appeals, and several high-profile writers have raised questions about whether he might be innocent after all. McGinniss, largely silent on the topic for years, finally rebuts them all in this compelling follow-up to his 1983 bestseller.


To this day, provocative questions still swirl around the murders: What would cause a seemingly happily married man to slaughter his family so viciously, with a wooden club, knives, and an ice pick? Who were the drug-crazed hippies who MacDonald insisted broke into his house and committed the crimes? Did the government and the military truly suppress evidence that could prove MacDonald’s innocence? And what about the mysterious and deeply troubled Girl in the Floppy Hat?


Forty-three years after the murders, the controversy lives on. MacDonald, now a gray-haired sixty-eight-year-old, continues to attract supporters, most recently acclaimed filmmaker Errol Morris, whose recent book casts doubt on the conviction. The ruling on MacDonald’s latest motion for a new trial is due in early 2013, but as McGinniss makes clear in this fascinating, authoritative book, his guilt is undeniable.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Over the course of forty years, the late Joe McGinniss wrote dozens of magazine articles and published twelve books, eleven of them nonfiction. In every decade of his unconventional career, one of his books became a classic: “The Selling of the President,” “Going to Extremes,” “Fatal Vision,” and “The Miracle of Castel di Sangro.” He is also the author of “The Dream Team,” “Blind Faith,” “Cruel Doubt,” and “The Last Brother.”


PRAISE FOR JOE McGINNISS


“McGinniss is the Alfred Hitchcock of the true-crime genre, a genre he often transcends.” —The Boston Globe


“McGinniss writes with the uncensored, sensuous perceptions of a naturalistic novelist.” —Los Angeles Times


“Joe McGinniss just keeps writing stories that transcend the [true crime] genre.” —Chicago Tribune


“I think ‘Fatal Vision’ is among the best true-crime books ever written.” —Gene Weingarten, two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning author and columnist for the Washington Post Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781614520559
  • Publisher: Byliner Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/12/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 121,509
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Over the course of forty years, the late Joe McGinniss wrote dozens of magazine articles and published twelve books, eleven of them nonfiction. In every decade of his unconventional career, one of his books became a classic: “The Selling of the President,” “Going to Extremes,” “Fatal Vision,” and “The Miracle of Castel di Sangro.” He is also the author of “The Dream Team,” “Blind Faith,” “Cruel Doubt,” and “The Last Brother.”
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    In FATAL VISION, author Joe McGinniss detailed Jeffrey MacDonald

    In FATAL VISION, author Joe McGinniss detailed Jeffrey MacDonald's brutal murders of his wife Colette and his daughters Kimberly and Kristen. In FINAL VISION, McGinniss recaps MacDonald's brutal 30-year assault upon the judicial system.

    In plain-speak style, McGinniss covers a surprising number of subjects in this 22,000 word essay. Beginning with a recap of the murders and MacDonald's 1979 conviction, McGinniss also explains the legal machinations that MacDonald and his coterie of lawyers have contrived in the years since, debunks the myth of Helena Stoeckley's alleged involvement, and counters Errol Morris's muddy version of the story (A Wilderness of Error) by highlighting Morris's own errors.

    If you believe any of the MacDonald camp's propaganda: that Morris revealed the truth of the investigation, that Stoeckley was present at 544 Castle Drive, that McGinniss was guilty of libeling MacDonald, that "new" evidence exists that will exonerate the convicted murderer--or, most importantly, that MacDonald has been victimized by a vast governmental and judicial conspiracy--take an hour or so to read FINAL VISION. McGinniss makes it perfectly clear who the real victims are.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    Even if you read Fatal Vision and believed every word, you might

    Even if you read Fatal Vision and believed every word, you might have developed doubts over the years, with the Janet Malcolm book and now Errol Morris's (impossible to finish) tome about how Jeffrey MacDonald didn't get a fair trial. But this long article/short book (don't really know exactly how to categorize it) by McGinniss puts all doubts to rest once and for all! Plus this is a fascinating and well-written piece, just as Fatal Vision was. Unlike the Morris book,. I couldn't stop reading it. And now AI think Errol Morris was really disingenuous at best and manipulative at worst in ignoring so much of the evidence that convicted that horrible man MacDonald in the first place!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    Great FollowUp to Fatal Vision

    Do not read if you are not already familiar with the MacDonald case or have not already read the author's first book, "Fatal Vision." This book is merely a followup to the case and covers the many appeals MacDonald has made through the years. It's a quick read and Mcginnis does a great job of explaining the appeals process.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    Excellent update

    Nice update to Fatal Vision even though the story is still not completely done. Highly recommended for anyone who has followed the never-ending saga of Jeffrey MacDonald.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Excellent.

    Excellent summary and rebuttal.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    Excellent description of what went on during the Sept 2012 trial

    Excellent description of what went on during the Sept 2012 trial. Good update.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2013

    Informative and Entertaining

    FATAL VISION was/is a powerful 5-star book. It is possible my expectations
    were unrealistically influenced by this, making me unable to evaluate this
    in a manner based on its own merits. I do, however, recommend it for
    any follower of this case, because there may be no one better than Joe McGinniss to inform in an entertaining manner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    Joe McGinniss is a fool and a Goddamned liar. All he cares abou

    Joe McGinniss is a fool and a Goddamned liar. All he cares about is money and himself not the truth. He'll use anyone or anything to advance his means. Don't buy it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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