January 8, 2017
Upcoming Programs on the Jeffrey MacDonald Case
It certainly wouldn't be like Jeffrey MacDonald, convicted killer of his family, to serve his time quietly and stay out of the media. In keeping with that, there are two programs about the case coming up for your viewing pleasure.
The first is titled People Magazine Investigates: Jeffrey MacDonald, the Accused. Given that it is People magazine and they are calling MacDonald the "accused," rather than what he is - - a killer - - I am already thinking the program might be biased in MacDonald's favor. The official description of the program does not help. To wit, "A brutal home invasion claims the lives of Army surgeon Jeffrey MacDonald's wife and daughters."
Given that the facts show that there was no home invasion, brutal or otherwise, it seems like this will be a rehashing of MacDonald's chronology of events that night. Or should I say lies. That said, I will still watch it, although it will probably piss me off.
I'm not sure how I feel about the reboot. The original, with Gary Cole, Eva Marie Saint and Karl Malden, was top notch. It's telling that MacDonald's own mother liked actor Gary Cole after seeing him portray her son.
Interestingly, despite their opposite viewpoints, both are being aired on the Investigative Discovery ("ID") channel. People Magazine Investigates will air tomorrow night, January 9. As of yet, there is no release date on the Fatal Vision reboot.
This is being touted as a "miniseries" - - a three part "event." I can't believe there could possibly be any more evidence in that case, much less something that would take three parts to tell.