November 3, 1970: Letter from FBI SA in Charge Robert Murphy
to United States Attorney, Warren Coolidge
Translation of the document following the scanned pages
Note from Christina Masewicz: Translation of the above document as I read it to be
1120 Jefferson Standard Life Building
Charlotte, North Carolina, 28202
November 3, 1970
Honorable Warren H. Coolidge
United States Attorney
Eastern District of North Carolina
Dear Mr. Coolidge
Your letter of November 2, 1970, concerning the case involving Captain Jeffrey Robert MacDonald is acknowledged.
You enclosed a copy of a letter to this office dated August 5, 1970, from Captain Clifford J. Somers at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
The letter received from Captain Somers was discussed with you by Special Agent _____________ on August 10, 1970, at which time it was agreed that no additional investigation should be conducted by the FBI, in that all necessary information to handle outstanding leads was in the possession of CID.
On August 10, 1970, Captain Somers was personally contacted by Special Agent ______________ and his letter acknowledged. He stated he realized the FBI had conducted no investigation in this matter since February 26, 1970, and that the Army was in possession of all information developed by the FBI. Somers stated the purpose of his letter was to avoid "stepping on the toes of the FBI" by conducting supplemental investigation based on information originally developed by the FBI.
With regard to the current request for investigation contained in your letter of November 2, 1970, you will recall that this matter was telephonically discussed with you on November 2, 1970, at which time you were informed that prior orders from
FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., in which the Charlotte Division was instructed not to become involved in this matter still stands. You stated you had been in contact with the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., were aware of this situation. You expressed your intention of making a personal trip to Washington to consult appropriate officials of the United States Department of Justice in this regard.
A copy of your letter is being forwarded to FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Robert M. Murphy
Special Agent in charge