The Jeffrey MacDonald Information Site is a compendium of information about the Jeffrey MacDonald case. MacDonald was convicted in 1979 of the murders of his pregnant wife and two small daughters. He is serving three life sentences for that brutal crime.


The Murders of Colette, Kimberley and Kristen MacDonald
 

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August 13, 1979: Letter from Jeffrey MacDonald to Joe McGinniss
granting him exclusive rights to his life story and the fact of
being a defendant in a murder trial in a yet untitled book


Translation of letter following the scanned copy
 

The Jeffrey MacDonald Information Site: August 13, 1979: Letter from Jeffrey MacDonald to Joe McGinniss granting him exclusive rights to his life story and the fact of being a defendant in a murder trial in a yet untitled book, p. 1

The Jeffrey MacDonald Information Site: August 13, 1979: Letter from Jeffrey MacDonald to Joe McGinniss granting him exclusive rights to his life story and the fact of being a defendant in a murder trial in a yet untitled book, p. 2

Note from Christina Masewicz: Translation of the above letter as I read it to be

Dear Joe:

I understand you are writing a book about my life centering on my current trial for murder. It will be necessary for you to portray me in the book and to use my name and likeness in connection with the publication and distribution of the book in all print forms, as well as other media, such as but not limited to motion pictures and television. This book is to be published by Dell Publishing Co., Inc. and to be distributed by it, as well as its licenses, such as but not limited to paperback, newspaper and magazines.

Accordingly, I hereby grant to you the exclusive right to use my name, portrait and picture in and in connection with the publication of an untitled work about my life and the trial in which I am a defendant for murder and all publicity and advertising pertaining to such publication and distribution in any manner that you or the publisher Dell or its licenses may deem proper. You may include in the book any incidents, characters, dialogues, actions, scenes and situations that you desire.

I realize, of course, that you do not propose to libel me. Nevertheless, in order that you may feel free to write the book in the manner that you may deem best, I agree that I will not make or assert against you, the publisher or its licenses or anyone else involved in the production or distribution of the book any claim or demand whatsoever based on the ground that anything contained in the book defames me, (hand written in: provided that the essential integrity of my life story is maintain.)


I
hereby release, discharge and acquit you from any and all claims, demands or causes of action that I may hereafter have against you - whether for libel, violation of right of privacy, or anything else - by reason of anything contained in the book or in publicity or advertising pertaining thereto.

page 2

This instrument shall ensure to your benefit, as well as the benefit of Dell Publishing Co., Inc., its subsidiaries, affiliates, licenses, successors and assigns.

I grant you these rights in consideration of your undertaking to write this work and in consideration of the sum of $10.00, receipt of which I hereby acknowledge.

 

 

 

Very truly yours,

 

 

Jeffrey R. MacDonald

Witnessed by

 

 

Bernard L. Segal

 

 

 

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July 23-24, 1970: John Cummings' exclusive interview with MacDonald  - 
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1987: MacDonald v. McGinniss  -  Mildred Kassab sues MacDonald  -  Court Records

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