The Jeffrey MacDonald Information Site is a compendium of information about the Jeffrey MacDonald case. MacDonald was convicted in 1979 of the murders of his pregnant wife and two small daughters. He is serving three life sentences for that brutal crime.


The Murders of Colette, Kimberley and Kristen MacDonald
 

The Jeffrey MacDonald Information Site

Undated Notes of Jeffrey MacDonald entitled "Casual Comparison of
Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi and Facts in MacDonald Case"


Note: Translation following scanned pages
 

The Jeffrey MacDonald Information Site: Undated Notes of Jeffrey MacDonald entitled "Casual Comparison of Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi and Facts in MacDonald Case", p. 1

The Jeffrey MacDonald Information Site: Undated Notes of Jeffrey MacDonald entitled "Casual Comparison of Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi and Facts in MacDonald Case", p. 2

The Jeffrey MacDonald Information Site: Undated Notes of Jeffrey MacDonald entitled "Casual Comparison of Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi and Facts in MacDonald Case", p. 3

The Jeffrey MacDonald Information Site: Undated Notes of Jeffrey MacDonald entitled "Casual Comparison of Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi and Facts in MacDonald Case", p. 4

The Jeffrey MacDonald Information Site: Undated Notes of Jeffrey MacDonald entitled "Casual Comparison of Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi and Facts in MacDonald Case", p. 5

Note from Christina Masewicz: Translation of the above document as I read it to be
Spelling, punctuation and grammar preserved


FROM: JEFF MACDONALD

SUBJECT: CASUAL COMPARISON OF "HELTER SKELTER" BY VINCENT BUGLIOSI AND FACTS IN MACDONALD CASE

NOTES FROM READING "HELTER SKELTER" ---- NOT EXHAUSTIVE: NOT COMPULSIVELY DONE

A FEW SIMILARITIES IN TATE/LABLANCA INVESTIGATIONS AS OCCURRED IN INVESTIGATION AT 544 CASTLE DRIVE

PLEASE NOTE: All pages are reference paperback "Helter Skelter" by Vincent Bugliosi.

1. pg. 14

Officer DeRosa obliterates fingerprint on gate (multiple examples in MacDonald case)

2. pg. 17:

Investigator tracks on scene confusing ---- just like mud/water at 544 Castle Drive. Difference: Tate/LaBlanca investigators immediately questioned crime scene people

3. pg. 18:

Multiple omissions of blood typing

4. pg. 22:

Plastic bags put on hands ---- not done in the MacDonald case

5. pg. 26:

"Nothing stolen" --- pseudo-inventory taken within days. In MacDonald case, no inventory for 6 months

6. pg. 27:

"Theory" immediately made by investigators that blinded investigators from then on, i.e. "Drug sale"

7. pgs. 46-47:

SGT Buckles ignored key lead. Similar to many examples in MacDonald case, i.e., girl in floppy hat, Beasley stopped Helena Stoeckley, etc

8. pg. 75:

Peter Hurkos --- Psychic (Ted Gunderson's friend from Canada in MacDonald case)

9. pg. 88:

Truman Capote quoted on case. He was wrong, just as he was when he was quoted on TV talk show in 1970, one day after MacDonald appearance on Dick Cavett Show (Capote also on Dick Cavett next day.)

10. pg. 93:

Col Tate forays into underworld --- similar but more extensive then attempts by MacDonald (with Col. Kingston) and Kassab

11. pg. 92-93:

Rewards offered --- similar to our multiple newspaper ads --- both (Tate/LaBianca & MacDonald ads) developed many leads

12. pg. 102:

Susan Atkins stabbed others --- just as did Cathy Perry (Williams)

13. pg. 102-104:

Cops ignored multiple lead to "The Family" (Manson Family)

14. pg. 108-109:

Cops question Manson --- he makes simple denial ("No") --- that it as far cops went. Similar to Ivory interviewing Helena Stoeckley, and similar to the CID interview of her group

15. pg. 226:

Various accounts of stabbing not consist. Very similar to Cathy Perry/Helena Stoeckley differences

16. pg. 397:

Mary Brunner repudiates her own testimony several times, as did Susan Atkins, and as did Helena Stoeckley in the MacDonald case

17. pg. Various:

Leader not present at crime scene in Tate and only present short time at La Bianca crime scene. Similarly, Mazerolle in jail and "Candy" not at crime scene in MacDonald case

18. pg. 460:

Blood "expert (Joe Grando), who screwed up the blood work moves from LAPD to FBI!!! Lab "experts in MacDonald case who fouled up evidence mixture of CID (Medlin, Chamberlin, etc.) and FBI (Stombaugh and
Green

19. pg. 466:
 

Discussion of "normal" absence of fingerprints of intruders at crime scene by Bugliosi --- I believe Susan Atkins never left fingerprints at crime scene in Tate/LaBianca. We'll never know in the MacDonald, because so many fingerprints were destroyed and crime scene so poorly dusted for prints

page 3

GENERAL THOUGHTS:

20.

Multiple weapons used in both cases

21.

Situation of group violence with "leaders" and "followers"

22.

Ritual type killings to some extent in each

23.

Mental ability in both groups --- i.e. Susan Atkins and "Clem" in Manson crowd, Cathy Perry and Helena Stoeckley in Stoeckley crowd

24.

Many witnesses eventually found who saw/heard group coming and going in each case

25.

Senselessness of the killings in each case

26.

Partial knowledge of layout of home, etc. in each case, i.e., Manson had been to Tate residence several times. At lease Helena Stoeckley had been to MacDonald home, she said

27.

Words written at crime scene in blood

28.


 

Enormous legends built up by press in both cases, i.e., "drugs trips" in Manson case (denied by Bugliosi); "hoods" on victims in Manson case

In MacDonald case: term "hippie" used by Col. Kriwarnek/Press, not by MacDonald. Later on, false info extended to: MacDonald wounds, amphetamines and false government story of roadblocks and manhunt for the assailants

29.

Association of each group with drug use, including but not limited to, LSD and mescaline

30.

Poor autopsies performed in MacDonald case. In Tate/La Bianca , those overseen by Dr. Noguchi were well done; those done by assistant coroner were poorly done (or at least testimony was poor.)

31.

Correction of assailants to widespread group of social misfits/dropouts/dopers with violence and abuse part of their life. Drug informers present in both groups

32.
 

A few good cops in each case who tried to right thing: Inyo County cops and two of LaBianca detectives in Manson cases; Prince Beasley in MacDonald case. Majority of cops aloughed off and simply went thru motions after making initial decision as to "probable assailants

page 5


SIMILARITIES BETWEEN THE TATE AND MACDONALD MURDER CULTS:


Note from Christina Masewicz: Below type in small and capital
letters for easy reading

1)

Both cases involved the use of drugs by slayers during the murders.

2)

In both cases, the victims were either using, or were connected with drugs. Drugs were found at the Tate home. Dr. MacDonald was involved with the treatment of addicts.

3)

Both cases involved "cults" that were into Satanism and ritualistic death rites.

4)

In both incidents, bloody oaths were written at crime scene using the blood of the victims.

5)

Both crimes involved the participation of a female observer who did not take part in the killing.

6)

Both cases included victims that were either directly or indirectly related to professional military personnel. Tate's father was a retired officer.

7)

Both crimes took place during the early morning hours.

8)

Both instances, the murders returned to the scene immediately or shortly afterwards. Manson returned to the Tate residence, two hours after the killings.

9)

Both killings involved pregnant women. Sharon Tate and Colette MacDonald.

10)

Both cases had more than three murders at the scene.

11)

Both slayings involved "hippies" type killers.

12)

In both incidents, robbery was not considered a motive. Many valuables were left behind in each instance.

13)

In both cases, the non-particpant female was responsible for bring the facts of the murders to light by later telling prison inmates of her involvement.

14)

In both cases the primary death weapon was a knife used repeatedly in a ritualistic manner.

15)

In both cases, the "cult" is suspected in other local murders.

16)

In both cases the "cults" has remained intact over the years, and is active in threatening members and non-members should they testify in regards to the murders.

17)

In Both cases, the "cult" members remained together immediately after he murders and met at a single location. MacDonald's killers at the Hickory Trail Park, Tate at the Span ranch in rural Sylmar, California.

18)

In both cases, the murders were planned well in advance, and were not impulse killings, or crimes of passion, that happened "heat of the moment".

19)

In both cases, neighbors noticed "unusual behavior" before, during and after the murders, by "person or persons unknown".

20)

In both cases, the killers chanted and laughed during the crimes.

21)

In both instances, valuable evidence was neglected or altered by arriving investigators who should have known better.

22)

Both husbands survived.

23)

Tate was hung. One of the MacDonald children had rope or cord burns on her neck (she was possibly hung).

 

 

 

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