May 8, 1970: Statement of CID Investigator Roger Schaefer
re: Interview of Richard Purkiss
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On 8 May 70, Mr. Richard A. PURKISS was interviewed at his residence, (Blacked out) where he relates the following:
He knew Jeffrey R. MacDONALD since Sep 63 where they met as students at Princeton University. During the period Sep 63 through Sep 64 they met just about every day as they were fellow students and lived only 2 door apart. During the summer of 68 he visited MacDonald at his (MacDONALD's) parents home PURKISS met MacDonald for dinner in New York City during the Christmas holidays of 1968. The last time he heard from MacDONALD was a Christmas card in Dec 69. In the card Collette MacDONALD related how happy she was that she was pregnant and how they both were happy with army life, giving the explanation that Jeffrey finally had decent working hours since he came in the army.
Purkiss further related that during the entire time that he knew that he knew Jeffrey and Collette MacDONALD he knew of no trouble between them and in his opinion they had a perfect marriage.
PURKISS described Jeffrey as a strong person and very mature
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