May 15, 1970: Statement of Deirdre Warner
(Wife of Dudley Warner)
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I, Deirdre B. WARNER, WANT TO MAKE THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT UNDER OATH
I have known the MacDONALD family, both Jeff, Collette, and two daughters, Kim and Kristen, for a long time. Jeff and Collette for more than five (5) years and the children since their birth. I can't recall the very first meeting with Jeff and Colette, but it was through my husband. My husband was a very close personal friend both Jeff and Collette. As I recall the MacDONALDs were living in Chiago while Jeff was going to Northwestern Medical School. They came back to New York to visit Jeff's family on Long Island. Kim, the oldest daughter, was with them. I can't really remember the dates or even the months as they made several visits during this time period. Each time they would be visiting, we would double date with them. I was not married at the time. We would go out to dinner, a movie and maybe stop after the show for a cup of coffee. Most often we would visit with them at Jeff's mother's house.
After I was married, July 1967, My husband and I visited and spent a few days with them at their apartment in Chicago. At the time of our visit, Kristen, the youngest daughter had been born.
In July of 1968, we saw them again. my husband and I were back visiting our families and the MacDONALDs were living in New Jersey. He was working at a Hospital in New York, I believe. We met them and went out for dinner. This was the last time that I saw them. My husband and Jeff corresponded; however, not being much of a letter Collette and I would only exchange Christmas cards. Oh, once in a while I would put a little note in the letter. I have written and talked with her on the telephone with in the past year.
From my personal knowledge of their marriage and personalities, I can say that they were well adjusted, well organizied, extremely close and happily married. They, Jeff and Colette, loved and enjoyed their children and could be used as examples of perfect parents. They were just the ideal married couple.
Q. Do you know of any problems, no matter how small, that either Jeff or Collette ever made mention of in you company?
A. No. They worked very good together while he was going to school and if they did ever have a problem it would have been during this period. To the best of my knowledge they never had any problems.
Q. Did Jeff or Colette drink?
A. An occasional cocktail. I can't think of a time when I saw them drink more than two drinks. Just social drinkers.
Q. Do you know of anything that would have a bearing on why this crime was committed or of who may have committed it?
A. No. I can only say that it is very difficult to believe that it happened and even more difficult, impossible to think that Jeff had anything to do with it. They were just a perfect married couple.
Q. Do you wish to add or delete anything from this statement?