June 16, 2005: "The Long Wait is Over!"
The US Parole Commission accepted the recommendation from the hearing examiners. Parole was denied. A reconsideration hearing will be held in May 2020. MacDonald is entitled to have an interim hearing every two years, the first one in May, 2007.
The parole application of Federal Prison Inmate MacDonald (I000131-177) contained neither evidence nor statements which demonstrated admission of his guilt for the crimes, nor did it contain any indication of remorse for the crimes, for which he was ultimately convicted by a Federal jury trial.
Many of us who have followed the background history of the MacDonald family murder and the course of the multiple court appeals and claims of Jeffrey MacDonald, had long ago considered the probability that Jeffrey MacDonald would ultimately attempt to obtain parole as a means of avoiding his prison sentence as handed down by Federal Judge Franklin T. Dupree, Jr., after the jury had found him guilty of the crime.
With Colette, Kimberley and Kristen MacDonald always in mind, we prepared ourselves for that day when the person convicted of their brutal murder would attempt to skirt and avoid the justice which is demanded by the brutality of their untimely death by the hands of Jeffrey MacDonald.
Our work and devotion to the memory of Colette and her two children was rewarded when the Parole Commission justifiably and flatly rejected Jeffrey MacDonald's appeal for parole.
Undoubtedly, Jeffrey MacDonald had assumed that time was in his favor and had erased in memory his crime and the brutality of his actions. MacDonald has his answer from the United States Parole Commission, and obviously, it is not the answer which he wanted. It should be crystal clear to him that people do remember this crime, the brutality of it and that the story he has told now for more than 35 years is not what the evidence shows. And just as the courts found no merit to any of his appeals the parole commission found no merit to his claims.
What Jeffrey MacDonald could not have known or foreseen was the advent of the mass media capability of the Internet and its capabilities to provide worldwide viewing of the true facts of this case to potentially millions of heretofore uninformed persons. The capability of the Internet has publicly presented the facts of the MacDonald case, and in so doing has continued to destroy the often one-sided interpretations of the evidence as is frequently presented by Jeffrey MacDonald himself, or those who represent his interests.
This most certainly does not serve to demonstrate that MacDonald has abandoned or will abandon his attempts to secure release from prison. Neither does it serve to indicate that MacDonald and his supporters will cease to present misrepresentations of the facts and evidence to the public in an attempt to sway public opinion to his cause and ultimate freedom.
Therefore, it is highly unlikely that the "MacDonald Saga" is ended with the decision by the Parole Commission. It will continue until he dies and even then it will still be remembered. He is not a legend; he is a man who was convicted of the triple homicide of his pregnant wife and two defenseless small children. And as MacDonald and his supporters regroup to consider their few remaining alternatives in securing his release, we will continue as well.
Jeffrey MacDonald has repeatedly claimed that he will never admit to the murders for which he has been convicted, and at this point, I personally believe that he will hold to this statement. This steadfast position of Jeffrey MacDonald may change as he now progressively observes the last remaining years of his life pass away behind prison bars while his new wife waits on the outside.
Technically, there was a fourth victim that lost its life, that being the unborn son. That child died because its mother was murdered and I believe with all my being that MacDonald should have been prosecuted for that murder as well. Only recently, with the signing by President Bush on April 1, 2004, of the "Unborn Victims" has it actually become declared law that this too now constitutes homicide in many areas of the country. Prior to this law taking effect, in many states and federal facilities, there were few laws to protect the rights of unborn victims of violence. Now, and in this regard, we have a coalition of dedicated persons who have fought for and achieved new and definitive laws to protect the rights of these innocent victims.
It is my hope that those who have worked so hard to secure the passage of these laws will now become aware that the MacDonald murder case had one of these "unborn victims" as well.
It is my additional hope that those of us familiar with the facts of the MacDonald family murder will take the time to thank those who worked so hard to secure rights for these innocent and unborn victims and join together to fight for the rights of the unborn victim of the MacDonald family murder as well as the rights of all unborn victims.
People are no longer going to stand quietly by and allow murderers to go unpunished when an unborn child dies as a result of the mother being assaulted or murdered.
My work is far from being done and one might say just starting. I will now begin to start to get involved in various victims' rights organizations in memory of Colette, Kimberley, Kristen and the unborn son.
For far too long the limelight has been on Jeffrey MacDonald. He is old news now and deserves no recognition whatsoever, other that the fact that he is a convicted murderer of his own pregnant wife and two small defenseless daughters.
This is about Colette, Kimberley and Kristen. It is their story; they are the victims. They were deprived of their right to live. MacDonald is alive, able to walk around, visit with his new wife, make phone calls, read, able to enjoy the beauty of this earth even if it is behind the prison walls.
I am working now to set up a memorial in honor of the true victims in this case which I think is long overdue. I have learned a lot from studying the files of Freddy Kassab and if he can walk the heels off his shoes in the halls of Congress, then so can I.
Freddy and Mildred Kassab will never be forgotten and neither will the work they did that helped bring him to justice. I will continue to work with the Stevenson family to carry Freddy's voice and make sure that it is heard. They worked hard and suffered tremendously, but their work was not in vain. The investigators who worked this case are to be commended for their work in collecting of the evidence that in the end would convict him. At times justice does seem to work slowly and many thought, including MacDonald, I am sure, that he would never be indicted for the murders, let alone be convicted. But in the end he was convicted. As my mother used to say, when God closes a door, he opens a window and that certainly was the case here because in the end it was the truth that came to light.
Bob Stevenson has given his blessing to what I am working on now and it is my hope that some of you will join me in my fight.
Again, I, as well as Bob Stevenson, thank you for all your support and help that you have given and offered. We will continue to fight to see that justice is done in the honor of Colette, Kimberley and Kristen. As Bob has said, if there is a hell, then surely there is a place there for MacDonald. If we all work together we can help to bring about an end to murderers such as Jeffrey MacDonald ever being paroled into society again and we can help to bring about and make sure that they are punished for all the murders they commit.
After the May 10th parole hearing and learning of the recommendation I sent a message to Brian Murtagh which I will include here along with his reply:
Sent: Thursday, May 12, 2005 11:54 AM
Subject: Re: Thanks
Just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all the years of your hard work and devotion to this case.
I am very grateful that this man will not be paroled. A most fitting day for such a decision on what would have been Colette's birthday. I am grateful that justice will continue to be served and that the memories of Colette, Kimberley and Kristin will never be forgotten.
You did a great job.
Sent: Thursday, May 12, 2005
Subject: Re: Thanks
Thank you, it was my pleasure.