Although the MacDonald Murder Case is famous through movies and writings, this little book alone reveals the deceit of false evidence brandished by trial prosecutors. Facts kept secret are exposed, stealing support from each government claim, showing how the claims were designed to force a conviction, and how the deliberate railroading of Jeffrey MacDonald has been compounded by an inept justice system focusing on rules rather than truth.
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About the Author
Fred Bost made writing a second career after retiring from the U.S. Army. He served with the U.S. Navy in the Southwest Pacific during World War II, and as an army green beret he was wounded in action in Vietnam. Upon leaving military service in 1973, he worked with newspapers. An analytical piece he wrote caught the interest of Senator Jesse Helms who read it into The Congressional Record, April 18, 1975. While working with The Fayetteville Times he won three consecutive annual press awards from the North Carolina Press Association, 1978-80, the last two for investigative reporting. He freelanced for military-oriented magazines using pseudonyms. With Jerry Potter, he co-authored the book Fatal Justice: Reinvestigating the MacDonald Murders [W.W. Norton, 1995;1997]. His only novel, Crowded Destiny [Protea Publishers, 2001], is a war romance set in 1964 Vietnam.
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Railroaded! How Federal Officials Framed Jeffrey MacDonald based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
As a long-time follower of this murder case, I consider the information contained here to be extraordinary. It goes a long way toward making facts in other media more understandable. This is an exceptionable job of reporting.
I’ve been interested in this case since the mini-series of Fatal Vision was first on TV. I was probably only 11 or 12 at the time so it slipped to the back of my mind for a number of years. After college, I returned home to visit my parents one weekend. As I walked in the living room my parents were watching a show called Crimes of the Century or something to that effect. Jeffrey MacDonald’s murder trial was one of the subjects of the show. I sat on the couch and there on the TV was a picture of my dad from 1970 in his military fatigues being interviewed. From that point on, I took up quite an interest in Jefferey MacDonald and this case. My parents were both in the army and stationed at Fort Bragg during the time of the murders. They were close friends with Jeffrey and Collette and they both have maintained that Jeffrey is innocent. I’ve read several books, articles and studied what evidence I could find on the Internet that would help support my belief that Jeffery is innocent. Railroaded is a relatively short read compared to some of the other books on this subject such as Fatal Justice or A Wilderness of Error, but the information is presented succinctly. I’m convinced even more in Jeffrey’s innocence and greatly appalled to learn more about the despicable behaviors of the prosecution team such as Brian Murtagh. Many of you who have followed this case or briefly read about it have already decided MacDonald is guilty and your opinion may be hard to change. Hopefully Railroaded might help to loosen your confirmation bias and cognitive dissonance so you my see this case with fresh eyes.