July 5, 1989: Memorandum from Brian Murtagh to Kenneth Nimmich, FBI
re: Ted Gunderson's Allegations of Fiber Misidentification
Note from Christina Masewicz: Translation of the body of the above document as I read it to be
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This is in reference to the allegations of "Fiber Misidentification and Cover-Up" contained in the material provided by Mac Donald's Private Investigator Ted Gunderson to Executive Assistant Director, Oliver B. Revell. I received a copy of these materials from the Department of Justice's Office of Professional Responsibility. Gunderson maintains that the same threads found on the club, which FBI Examiner Paul Stombaugh identified in 1974 as matching the cotton seam threads of Mac Donald's pajama top, were subsequently identified in 1979 by FBI Examiner (name blacked out) as being composed of black wool. Gunderson further contends that these results were suppressed at my behest.
I anticipate, based upon numerous statements coming from the Mac Donald public relations apparatus, that this allegation will form the basis for a motion to set aside the conviction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255. As a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina for the purpose of the Mac Donald litigation, I will have primary responsibility, as I have had for the past five years, for replying to such a motion on behalf of the United States. In order to resolve the issues raised by Gunderson it will be necessary to determine whether Paul Stombaugh and (name blacked out) were looking at the fibers, or different fibers which came from the same evidence collection vial. Ultimately, I will be asking the FBI Laboratory to make this determination.
In order to facilitate the identification of materials examined by Paul Stombaugh and (name blacked out), which are believed to be in the custody of the FBI's Charlotte Field Office, I request copies of any notes prepared by Paul Stombaugh, (name blacked out) or Shirley Green, which I have not previously been furnished. The only such material covered by this request, that I am aware of would be the summary notes of Shirley Green which are in (blacked out) custody. Therefore, please furnish me with a copy of those notes. (next several words are blacked out) of the FBI's FOIA Section, room 6927, (324-3682) should also receive a copy of these notes to determine whether they have been previously processed under any of Mac Donald's, FOIA requests.
Thank you for your assistance in this matter.