May 24, 1982: Helena Stoeckley Davis' Statement/Confession to
Ted Gunderson and Prince (P.E.) Beasley with attachment
"I, Helena Davis, formally known as Helena Stoeckley, furnish the following voluntary statement and diagram of the inside of the MacDonald to Ted Gunderson, a Private Investigator from Los Angeles, California, and P. E. Beasley, a retired Police Officer from Fayetteville, North Carolina.
"It has been over 12 years since I was in the house; thus I may be mistaken concerning some of the following data; however, it is to the best of knowledge and recollections.
Gunderson: "Were you ever in the MacDonald house prior to the murders?"
Stoeckley: "Yes, three weeks before."
Stoeckley: "I needed money to buy drugs, and I entered to steal jewelry and anything else of value."
Gunderson: "What did you steal?"
Stoeckley: "A gold bracelet from the jewelry box on the dresser in the master bedroom."
Gunderson: "The time you went in the MacDonald residence three weeks before the murders, and looked around for jewelry, what room did you walk through and enter into? And what rooms did you see and notice—did you go through the house?"
Stoeckley: "The only two rooms I went into were the master bedroom and the living room."
Gunderson: "What room did you enter?"
Stoeckley: "The kitchen."
Gunderson: "Where did it lead?"
Stoeckley: "When I went in—the night of the murders I went through the kitchen—in the afternoon I went through the kitchen. It took me right into the living room."
Gunderson: "Where did you go from the living room?"
Stoeckley: "I turned down the hall and went into the master bedroom."
Gunderson: "Did you go into any part of the house?"
Gunderson: "When you left the master bedroom, you exited the same way?"
Gunderson: "Okay, the night of the murders, what rooms were you in?"
Stoeckley: "Every room except the bathroom."
Gunderson: "Would you be kind enough to draw us a diagram of the house, and in the diagram I'd like you to show us the location of all the items you saw in house that night, for instance the children's recorder player—what room it was in—the books, the hobby horse and the jewelry box—the dresser—the layout of the furniture, etc. Can you do that for us?"
Stoeckley: "Yes sir, I'd be glad to."
Gunderson: "Have you ever seen a layout of the house?"
Stoeckley: "No sir. Most Army quarters are alike—they're basically the same."
Gunderson: "But there is a variance?"
Stoeckley: "There is if you have, for instance, two or three bedrooms or upstairs and downstairs."
Gunderson: "While you are drawing this house, I would like to have you draw in the location of these items you noticed the night you were there. Would you do that for us?"
Stoeckley: "Yes sir."
Gunderson: "This is a big step for you and MacDonald, there's no question about it. I am going to do what I said I would do when we began this series of interviews—I will do everything possible to obtain immunity for you at a State and Federal level—I will do everything possible to give you protection and as you also know, Beasley and I are doing everything we possibly can to clear MacDonald's name and get him out of prison. It's understood, on your part that is, if we are able to accomplish this, you will furnish all details concerning this situation—the names, the places, information, data which you have avoided answering; that is who and how this was planned, how the weapons were obtained, what happened to the clothes, where you met before and afterwards, who was involved and all other details."
Stoeckley: "I will later on—as I said earlier, I'm not trying to be evasive, or try to dodge any kind of questions, or anything like that, I know I sound like I don't know what I'm talking about right now, but as I said earlier too, I've been promised immunity too many times. I'm not going to get into it again, without some reassurances.
"If I am promised immunity, I will do it. I do not plan to relocate or anything such as that."
Gunderson: "Is there anything else you'd like to mention to us, or discuss with us aside from what you have given us this trip?"
Stoeckley: "Not at this time."
Gunderson: "Are there any key points you feel we have failed to explore?"
Stoeckley: "Not at this time."
Gunderson: "But there are some key points that you could answer but didn't?"
Stoeckley: "After I am granted immunity."
The following was attached to the above document; handwritten dated
May 24, 1982 signed Helena Davis. Beasley and Gunderson signed as witnesses.
"I have never seen a floor plan or lay - out of the inside of the MacDonald residence.
"During the 1979 trial I was shown photographs of the three (3) bodies in the morgue and a photograph of the hobby horse.
"I do not recall being shown any photographs of the interior of the MacDonald house during the trial.
"The following page is a floor plan of the house as best as I recall it on the night of the murders.
"In my statement I stated that I entered through the utility room. This was a mistake on my part. I entered through the kitchen and left through the utility room.
"Numbers 1 and 2 on this diagram were the rear doors to the MacDonald residence. As to the lay - out of the home on the night [appears to be a missing word] the murders there is some confusion as to the specific lay - out because of the drugs I had taken I did not straighten up enough to realize what was going on or where articles or rooms were located until I realized matters had gotten out of hand and the severity of the situation. By that time my main concern was departing immediately.
"I'm not sure where the utility room fit into the lay - out of the house, but I do know that one door opened from the kitchen and one from the utility room.
"On entering the kitchen I do have some recollection of plants in the room. I did not pay attention to the appliance i.e. range, refrigerator etc. The only reason I remember the phone was answering a phone during the course of our visit.
"In the living room I remember MacDonald having a book laying upside down as if he had fallen asleep reading. There was a pair of glasses laying on the floor. On the coffee table in front of the couch were some cards in the form of valentines' day cards made by a child. The T.V. was turned on but off the air at the time of our entry.
"I'm unsure of the whereabouts of the bathroom (or bathrooms) because many of the doors were closed in the home and no one had occasion (to my knowledge) to enter these rooms.
"In the children's room I recall seeing a book case of sorts which held a record player and various children's books and small toys. I had occasion to bump against a hobby horse with a broken spring. This I know because I had entertained the idea of trying to ride it.
"In the master bedroom I recall seeing the same jewelry box on the dresser which I had taken a gold bracelet out of several weeks earlier.
"I'm unsure of the furniture arrangement in the rooms.
"At one point I remember hearing water running in a bathroom when one member of our party was trying to clean himself up. At that time I had already re - entered the living room. That is why I am unsure of the specific location of the bathroom (s?) or utility room. When I left the master bedroom Colette was unconscious. As far as I know the person in the master bedroom was Greg Mitchell, I believe he was the person in the bathroom washing up.
"I believe the phone in the kitchen was a wall phone.
"The time I went in 3 weeks prior to the murders I noticed only the master bedroom. Nothing else appeared to be of value to me at that time."
Attachment: The diagram of the MacDonald house by Helena Stoeckley Davis