March 2, 1970: Statement of Dr. Severt Jacobson
re: Jeffrey MacDonald's injuries
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I, Severt H. Jacobson, WANT TO MAKE THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT UNDER OATH
On 17 Feb 70, I was the surgeon on duty at Womack Army Hospital when CPT McDonald was brought in. I was called to the emergency room about 0430 hrs, 17 Feb 70, to check CPT MCDONALD for a chest wound. A check of MCDONALD revealed that all vital signs were good. CPT MCDONALD was removed to X-ray department and X-rays revealed a partial collapse of the right lung. MCDONALD was then taken to Ward 2D. Upon first examining CPT MCDONALD, I observed a bruise on the forehead which was moderately swollen, but the skin was not broken. There was a superficial laceration of the upper left arm; a small puncture wound in the right lower anterior chest; and a superficial laceration of the upper left abdomen. I also observed an arrangement of 4 to 5 small marks near the left nipple. There was dried blood around his mouth and on his hands. He also had a very small laceration on the left index finger. CPT McDONALD did not appear to be in medical shock. CPT McDONALD seemed to be very alert, very observant, and he made remarks about his chest bubbling. His wounds were not bleeding very much and he was not very bloody. While in my presence, CPT McDONALD stated that he could hear his wife screaming. He would ask where his wife and children were and he appeared to be concerned. He was visibly shaken but controlled. CPT McDONALD further related that he was on the couch because the baby girl had wet the bed. He was awakened by someone beating on him and he recalled seeing a blonde female with a candle and she was saying "Kill the Pigs." He further said that there was a man with a bat and a man with a knife and the man with the bat hit him. Also that he had checked the pulse of the children, but could not find one. That he saw his wife and she didn't look very good. He repeated several times, "She never hurt anyone and the kids were great." He also said something about leaving the doors open or unlocked and that his wife was pregnant. He also said, "Tell the MP's and CID that I pulled the knife from my wife's chest and threw it on the floor." CPT McDONALD also mentioned there were four people in the group. The same weapon or instrument could have been used to inflict the wounds to CPT McDONALD. The weapon or instrument would have had a small tapered blade and, also, it would not have taken very much strength to inflict the wounds.