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July 12, 1984: Affidavit #1 of FBI SA Raymond Madden, Jr.
re: Margaret "Maggie" Mauney & Helena Stoeckley

 

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE
EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA

 

            UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, plaintiff

:

 

V.

:

            CASE No. 75-26-CR-3
            Civil No. 84-41 CIV-3

            JEFFREY R. MACDONALD, defendant

:

 

 

Raymond Madden, Jr. being duly sworn does depose and say that:

1. I am a special agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (hereafter FBI) assigned to the Raleigh Resident Agency, Charlotte Division, and as such I am currently assigned as the FBI case agent in the above-captioned matter.

2. I had no previous direct involvement in this case until August 1980, following Jeffrey MacDonald's August 1979 convictions in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

3. On August 2, 1980, Margaret "Maggie" Mauney telephonically contacted the Raleigh-Durham Resident Agency of the FBI and furnished the following information:


(a) She (Mauney) previously resided in Fayetteville, N.C., in 1970 and noted she lived in Fayetteville most of her life. In 1970, she worked at Cape Fear Valley Hospital as a medical records clerk. In 1970, she was acquainted and was friendly with Helena Stoeckley. She noted that she and Stoeckley both used drugs excessively including "speed", "acid", "mescaline" and "amphetamines."

(b) On the evening of February 16, 1970, Helena Stoeckley borrowed her personally owned vehicle which was a blue 1968 Chevrolet Corvair, two door, bearing unrecalled North Carolina registration. Stoeckley did not inform her where she was going, was by herself, but stated she would return the car by 11:30 p.m., February 16, 1970. Stoeckley did not return the car and Mauney waited up into the early morning hours for Stoeckley and eventually fell asleep. At that time, Mauney was residing at the nursing residence at the Cape Fear Valley Hospital and when she awakened the next morning, her vehicle was parked outside the nursing residence.

(c) When Mauney went to work the next day, February 17, 1970, her supervisor at the hospital, Teresa Hinton, told her about the MacDonald murders. Hinton was visibly upset as she (Hinton) had worked with MacDonald when he was an emergency room doctor.

(d) Mauney stated after the murders, Stoeckley talked about the murders and inferred on a number of occasions that she had personal knowledge regarding the murders, but never admitted to being present during the murders or participating in them. Stoeckley informed Mauney that she had been questioned a number of times by the police about the murders.

(e) Mauney advised that Stoeckley had three male friends who she seemed to associate with quite frequently. One of these individuals was black while the other two were white. Mauney advised that she recalled sometime after the murders she, Stoeckley, and the three unknown friends of Stoeckley's were riding in a car near Bragg Boulevard at which time Stoeckley stated to the males, "we can't be seen here." Mauney advised that at this time the males allegedly slouched down in their seats.

(f) Mauney did not know for a fact that Stoeckley had personal knowledge regarding the murders and noted that at this time Stoeckley was acting in an irrational manner and participated in witchcraft as well as using drugs. Stoeckley was "spaced out" on drugs a majority of the time.

(g) Mauney advised that she has never been interviewed by a law enforcement agency regarding the above information including the FBI, and did not contact the FBI until now in view of the fact she did not want to become involved in anything with Stoeckley and noted approximately one year ago, she took a new job at the North Carolina Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She stated she has not used drugs for many years and has not been associated with Stoeckley.

(h) Mauney stated she would consent to a personal interview but requested that she be contacted by telephone at her place of employment to set up a time and specific place for interview, noting she preferred not to be interviewed at her place of employment, or at her residence.

4. On August 13, 1980, your affiant interviewed Margaret "Maggie" Mauney at her residence, and thereafter she furnished the following information:

(a) She recalled that she had telephonically contacted the Raleigh Resident Agency of the FBI on August 2, 1980, and at that time had furnished information regarding her former association with Helena Stoeckley. In reference to her former association with Stoeckley, Mauney advised that she "cannot honestly remember whether or not Helena Stoeckley ever made any statement that she (Stoeckley) was involved or had personal knowledge of the MacDonald murders," but noted that Stoeckley made comments, innuendoes, and inferred to Mauney that she (Stoeckley) had some knowledge of the murders.

(b) Mauney admitted that around the time of the murders in 1970, that she and Helena Stoeckley were heavily involved in drugs, although Mauney was of the opinion that Stoeckley was much more involved than herself. Mauney related that Stoeckley sold her drugs of varying types on numerous occasions.

(c) Mauney advised that all the time she was acquainted with Stoeckley, that she was employed at the Cape Fear Valley Hospital in Fayetteville, N.C. During this period of time to her knowledge Stoeckley was never employed and resided "all over" Fayetteville, N.C., with anyone who would have her and noted to her knowledge. Stoeckley had no permanent address of any kind. She described Stoeckley more of an "acquaintance" than a friend, explaining that when involved in the "drug scene" one never really has any friends, but merely acquaintances or fellow drug users and/or associates.

(d) In addition to Stoeckley being heavily involved in drugs. Stoeckley was also into witchcraft and would do things such as light candles and sit in the darkness while chanting and humming. Mauney described Stoeckley as "crazy," but continued her association with Stoeckley because she was afraid of her.

(e) Mauney has been off of drugs several years, believed since 1975, with the exception of using "grass" on occasion. She has not seen Stoeckley since 1970 with the exception of one time when she ran into Stoeckley in Fayetteville, N.C., during which meeting she spoke only briefly to her and since that time has had no other contact.

(f) Mauney stated that during 1970, she had doubts about anything Stoeckley might say and described Stoeckley as a liar, thief, and an individual who practiced witchcraft also, one who could generally be categorized as "incredible." Mauney was aware that Stoeckley had been questioned by some law enforcement agency regarding the MacDonald murders and recalled during the publicity of the MacDonald trial in 1979, reading about Stoeckley's possible involvement or knowledge of the murders.

(g) Mauney could not furnish any specific details or descriptions of the three male individuals she mentioned in her interview on August 2, 1980, by the FBI who formerly associated with Helena Stoeckley. She advised she was only with these three individuals on one or two occasions, could not recall their names, nicknames, or street names and the only additional description she could furnish was to state they were between 19 and 23 years of age, and also were heavily involved in the drug scene. She did not know the relationship between these three male individuals and Helena Stoeckley, except that they acted like Stoeckley's "slaves." She knew absolutely nothing about their personal lives or background.

(h) Mauney advised that she called Wade Smith, MacDonald's attorney in Raleigh, N.C., on August 8, 1980, and spoke to a Nancy Jones and related to Jones the information she previously furnished to the FBI on August 2, 1980. According to Mauney, Jones and Smith were to meet with her on Monday, August 11, 1980, but Mauney has had no contact with them to the present time. She attempted to contact Wade Smith because it was her "opinion" that Jeffrey MacDonald is innocent and that Helena Stoeckley was probably involved and/or had knowledge of the murders. She further noted she contacted Smith as it was her opinion the FBI or the United States Government or the United States Attorney's Office would probably not do anything about the information she furnished. She reiterated that it was her "belief" that Helena Stoeckley was involved and based this primarily on her personal "gut" feeling.

(i) She also followed the trial and felt that MacDonald was innocent and based her opinion somewhat on her former association with Teresa Hinton who worked with Mauney at the Cape Fear Valley Hospital and who told Mauney that she was personally acquainted with MacDonald and that MacDonald was a "great guy." It was from this association with Hinton and Hinton's alleged personal knowledge of MacDonald that Mauney formed her opinion that MacDonald was innocent. Mauney has continued for ten years to feel that MacDonald was innocent, that Helena Stoeckley could have been involved and/or had knowledge of the murders.

(j) Mauney has not come forward to furnish the above information because she has a personal fear of Helena Stoeckley and thought that Stoeckley could react in a negative manner toward her. She also noted that she accepted and has been working in a new position for approximately the last year and did not want to jeopardize her employment.

(k) Mauney noted for approximately the last two years, she has been under the psychiatric care of Dr. Denis Donovan, a private psychiatrist in Chapel Hill, N.C., who was present during the latter part of the interview with Mauney. She had no objections about talking to the interviewing agents regarding her mental health treatment. She advised she initially sought out Dr. Donovan because she was having "severe depression" and was considering suicide. For approximately the last two years, she has seen Dr. Donovan once or twice a week and at the present time is continuing counsel with him. Dr. Donovan diagnosed her problems as basically "depression" and noted she had limited knowledge of psychiatry and psychiatric terminology.

(l) Prior to being treated for psychiatric problems with Dr. Donovan, Mauney stated that in 1960, when she was ten years of age, she visited a psychiatrist for the first time and that her problem at that particular age was basically a desire to run away and not attend school. At the age of eighteen, in approximately 1967, she was treated for depression by Dr. Asad [sic] Meymandi. During treatment by Dr. Meymandi, she was hospitalized for approximately three weeks at the North Carolina Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill, N.C. After her hospitalization, she did not receive continuing treatment.

(m) Since approximately 1967 to 1973, she has received mental health treatment, mostly as an out-patient at the Cumberland County Mental Health Center in Fayetteville, N.C. Sometime between 1975 and 1978, she was hospitalized again at the North Carolina Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill, N.C., for approximately five or six weeks on five or six different occasions.

(n) Since 1978, she has only been hospitalized approximately three separate occasions for approximately four to five weeks each time. Basically she has been hospitalized because of severe depression and suicidal attempts and noted these attempts have been by taking overdoses of prescribed drugs including anti-depressants, anti-convalescence, Tylenol and others. She was last hospitalized on Memorial Day, 1980, and remained in the hospital for approximately four or five days.

(o) She recalled that in March of 1970, she rented an apartment at 1810 Fort Bragg Road, Fayetteville, N.C., and was acquainted at that time with Pat Reese, who lived across the hall from her and who is a reporter for the Fayetteville Observer and Times. Reese allegedly knows about Mauney's association with Helena Stoeckley and she noted that Reese formerly organized a "rap" group to help individuals on drugs. He met with these individuals in the Fayetteville area and it was at one of these meetings that Mauney met Helena Stoeckley. She became acquainted with Reese and Reese allegedly told her not to hang around with Helena Stoeckley and that he did not like Mauney's association with Stoeckley. She could not explain Reese's opinion, except to say that Reese probably had knowledge of Stoeckley's drug activities.

(p) It should be noted that prior to discussing Mauney's mental health with her, she voluntarily consented to discuss her history and voluntarily in front of her psychiatrist, Dr. Denis Donovan, agreed to allow the FBI to discuss her mental health with Dr. Donovan. In reference to this, Mauney executed a medical release form which was witnessed by Dr. Donovan as well as the interviewing agents.

Further your affiant sayeth not

(Signed)
RAYMOND MADDEN JR.
Special Agent, FBI

Subscribed and sworn to
before me this 12th
day of July, 1984.

(Unsigned)
DEPUTY CLERK

(Signed - illegible)
NOTARY PUBLIC
My Commission Expires May 31, 1985

 

 

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