July 7 - August 13, 1987: Jeffrey MacDonald vs. Joe McGinniss
July 17, 1987: Testimony of Joseph (Joe) R. McGinniss
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, FRIDAY, JULY 17, 1987; 1:00 P.M.
JURY NOT PRESENT
THE COURT: Before we put the jury in the box, I'd just like to make this observation. I've been going through the materials that Miss Stevens brought in and I find that it's going to take more time than I want to devote to it at this moment because much of it is handwritten and it's not easy to read. So I've told Miss Stevens and Mr. Towne to return Monday at 2:00 o'clock at which time, by then I will have had an opportunity to go through the materials. As of now I don't feel I've had that opportunity and I don't want to keep the jury waiting.
MR. BOSTWICK: Your Honor, just one inquiry about that. We don't feel that we have to be present necessarily. As I say, it's not a dog fight that we have a dog in.
THE COURT: I don't see that you need to be here. You may be, if you want, but I will not order you here. I'll let you know on Tuesday what I'm going to do.
MR. BOSTWICK: Thank you, your Honor.
THE COURT: But you're welcome to be here if you want.
We ready for the jury?
Mr. BOSTWICK: Yes, sir.
THE COURT: All right, Mr. Bostwick. You may proceed.
whole letter, things had gotten into a much more strictly businesslike relationship because of the development and evolution of my thinking which was still going on.
Q Take a look at Exhibit 52.
The Court: Line 2?
Mr. Bostwick: No, Exhibit 52. It's not one of the ones on the list, I'm sorry.
Q Mr. McGinniss, you see Exhibit 52 which is three pages dated November 3rd, 1981?
A Yes, I do.
Q Do you see the third page your signature, "Joe"?
A I do.
Q Did you send this to Morgan Entrakan on or about November 3rd, 1981?
A Yeah, I'm sure I did.
Q The handwriting on it, however -- did you send it with handwriting except for the signature?
A That -- on page 1 the handwriting just to the right of the asterisk next to the top paragraph looks like mine. The other handwriting I do not recognize as being my own, no.
Mr. Bostwick: Your Honor, we would move into evidence Exhibit 52 with request that the jury be instructed that the handwriting that is largely illegible in the left-hand margin and the right-hand on top of the first page be disregarded.
A He was employed by Delacort, which was --
Q The first paragraph you make reference to -- excuse me -- 212 pages and you say that carry us through April 6th. You mean carried through April 6th, in the story?
A No, I think it means carries -- probably means to carry through April 6th, 1970, in the story, the first weeks after the murders, through the April 6th interview I believe at the end of which the CID announced that MacDonald was the chief suspect.
Q And then you talk about your discussion with Mr. Entrakan about structure and you're telling him that it divides into two central units. Do you see that part?
A I see the paragraph, yeah.
Q Had you discussed with Mr. Entrakan dividing the book up into two central units at that point?
A This was all ongoing creative and editorial process and, as I say, when I say there I'd been continuing to think about it, you know, you know, I think we talked about dividing it into two units, five units, 10 units, or all sorts of discussions that go on between an author and an editor.
Q The question was whether you had decided or discussed with him at that time to divide the book up into two central units.
A I certainly hadn't decided to, but I guess I was
Note from Christina Masewicz: Pages 135 through 138 of this transcript was missing when I received it