November 15, 1985: Letter from Fred Kassab to Dr. Jeffrey Elliot
re: Jeffrey MacDonald
From the files of Freddy Kassab
Translation of the document following the scanned copy
Note: Translation of the body of the document as I read it to be
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Dear Dr. Elliot:
I have read the material you sent me and your request for my comments. First, I am upset at the fact that you use subterfuge by telling me that you sent this material to me three weeks ago. Had you done so and not heard from me you most certainly would have called me on the phone to see if I did before sending out a duplicate.
Trying to pass off this material as the product of MacDonald is unforgivable since they are obviously Raymond Shedlick's determinations. I have no intention of sparring with someone who's only claim to fame in the detective field is that he was a traffic policeman in New York and did some work chasing down prostitutes.
You originally stated to me that you would interview MacDonald and then me, after which you would go back to MacDonald. You have worked for over 5 months on this and now you want me in a couple of days to do your research for you. If you or Playboy want the other side of the story, you will have to come here and get it the same way as you did the other interviews.
Perhaps you have always wanted to do a one sided story, however, that has it's pitfalls and I won't remain silent.
Projecting an image of MacDonald as an innocent Saint who was framed by the Army, the F.B.I. and the Judges I don't think will be swallowed by the readers. Before doing so you should read Judge Dupree's 110 page opinion on MacDonald's request for a new trial. It is available from the clerk of the Court in Raleigh. It won't be too much longer before the U.S. Court of Appeals will affirm that opinion.