October 2, 1996: Memorandum from Jeffrey MacDonald's
re: "Script, Thoughts and Suggestions"
I have redacted the name of the person the memo is written per request
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FROM: JEFFREY R. MACDONALD, M.D.
REF: SCRIPT, THOUGHTS AND SUGGESTIONS
Attached is copy of Fred Bost's letter of several months ago in which he outlines his feelings about using a composite character and his thoughts on how to approach the story. I am resending it to you, so that it is handy for you to review and perhaps use in future meetings with regard to the project/story/characters/etc.
****, recall that Fred Bost wore a Green Beret uniform and was on Fort Bragg at the same time I was. We did not know one another, but he certainly knew of the tragedy.
That is an important consideration because everything that was going to be done with and through "Dre" can be done with/through Fred Bost, only more accurately and much more true to life.
Personally, since Sam Jackson has been in 5 very recent films that come to my mind at the moment, it seems unlikely that he would be pleased playing a "second" character in this endeavor.
In any case, the story remains essentially the same insofar as Fred becomes the character through whom the plot unfolds. There he is on Ft. Bragg as a Sgt. Major (Green Beret) and he, like everyone there at the time, had an opinion and discussed the tragedy and the circumstances. Then he retires and becomes a reporter for almost a decade, where the case again/still piques his interest, his curiosity. Fred is the first person to get Helena Stoeckley ON THE RECORD, leading to the 1980's "60 Minutes" interview as a direct result of his actions. Then Fred meets Jerry Potter and the two of them spend years working on the book. This involves massive field work, and tracking down and talking to witnesses, and researching leads and clues, and acting upon FOIA requests, etc. etc. These activities are the same things that Dre would have been doing, but now there is no need to create anyone doing them. We just show Fred doing what he actually did, and add the other essentials appropriately, i.e., Ted Gunderson, Fred meeting Jerry, and so forth.
The only difference is the prison scenes which would now be related via myself, which is also more accurate, or a case paralegal, or lawyer, or Ted Gunderson, or actual witness statements, or REAL people in prison.
Briefly, it involves using Fred Bost as the main character instead of the composite character, "Dre". THERE WAS NEVER ANY NEED FOR DRE. We can make a dynamic script, 100% accurate, in no time flat, if *** is agreeable.
Imagine the intriguing visual of James Woods as Murtagh, and picture the impact of Gene Hackman as Fred Bost!