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July 12, 1984: Affidavit #10 of FBI SA Raymond Madden, Jr.
re: Mabel Campbell


SEE: September 12, 1983: Declaration of Mable Campbell re: A group of people she observed prior to the MacDonald murders with Exhibits


UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE
EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA

 

            UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, plaintiff

:

 

VS.

:

            CASE No. 75-26-CR-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 assigned to the Raleigh Resident Agency of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and on May 31, 1984 Mabel Campbell, 1841 Roxie Drive, Fayetteville, N.C., telephone number 425-9968, white female, date of birth August 26, 1918, was contacted and advised of the identities of the interviewing agents and thereafter furnished the following:

2. At the outset of the interview, she was shown a statement entitled "Declaration of Mabel Campbell dated September 12, 1983", and acknowledged that she had furnished this declaration and had affixed her signature thereto, to a Raymond Couch, who is a private investigator. She has talked with Raymond Shedlick who is also a private investigator and Couch on several occasions before furnishing the declaration. She does not recall ever talking to a private investigator by the name of Prince Beasley.

3. In 1970, she resided at 221 Central Drive, Windsor Terrace, Fayetteville, North Carolina. She resides by herself and has no children. She has been a widow since 1962 and since that time has lived by herself. From 1941 through 1978, she was employed by the United States Government at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and was the manager of clothing sales for the military.

4. She does not remember specifically what date, but recalls she was driving to work at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, at approximately 12:30 P.M. to 1:00 P.M., (noontime) and believes it was on a Saturday. She believes that it was sometime in February, 1970, and on this particular occasion she was stopped for a red light at an unrecalled intersection at Fort Bragg Boulevard which intersection has a drive-in restaurant. While at the red light trying to gain access to Fort Bragg Boulevard, she observed two white males, a black male, and a white female, standing next to a dark colored vehicle. All of the males appeared to have been mili- tary as they had short hair similar to Army people. She described these individuals as follows:

                    UNKNOWN SUBJECT NUMBER 1

                    Race: Not positive, but believed to be white.

                    Sex: Not positive, believed to be male.

                    Age: 19 to 20 years

                    Height: 5 feet 6 inches

This individual had short blond hair and clothing was unrecalled as well as weight, but was possibly wearing a jacket, specific type unrecalled. This individual did not have on a uniform and had no distinguishing facial characteristics or other pertinent identifying features, except that he appeared to be clean cut.

                    UNKNOWN SUBJECT NUMBER 2

                    Race: white

                    Sex: Male

                    Age: 19 to 20

                    Height: 5 feet 6 inches

                    Hair: Dark Short

                    Weight: Unknown

                    Clothing: Unrecalled

Although clothing was unrecalled, she believed this individual had trousers and a jacket, color unrecalled and appeared to be a very average person, having no distinguishing facial characteristics or other identifying features other than appearing clean cut.

                    UNKNOWN SUBJECT NUMBER 3

                    Race: Black

                    Sex: Male

                    Age: 19 to 20

                    Height: 5 feet 6 inches

                    Hair: Short, black

                    Weight: unknown

He was possibly wearing dark trousers and a field jacket. She could not recall any specific facial characteristics and/or other identifying features, except that he appeared clean cut.

                    UNKNOWN SUBJECT NUMBER 4

                    Race: white

                    Sex: Female

                    Age: Early 20's

                    Height: 5 feet to 5 feet and 1/2 inch

                    Build: Average

                    Hair: Stringy long blonde hair

5. She was wearing a large floppy brimmed hat, believed to be white in color. The hat had a wide brim and this individual wore an old white colored Indian type jacket, having fringe on bottom of the coat and white boots. She also had on tight pants tucked into the top of the boots, color of pants unrecalled. She believes the white hat also had fringe on it as hanging down along the brim.

6. She noticed the above group mostly because the black male was hugging the white female and the two white males were laughing. She thought it was unusual for a black man to be hugging a white female and observed that these individuals got into a car with the two white males getting into the rear seat, the white female in the passenger side of the vehicle and the black male in the driver's seat. At about this time she had to pull off and observed nothing further. She never recalled seeing these people before and/or since that occasion in 1970.

7. When she got to work, she mentioned what she had seen above to her co-workers including Thelma Carter, who is now Thelma Tyndell and continues to work at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. She mentioned what she had seen purely because she thought it unusual for a black male to be hugging a white woman and because of the way the female was dressed. She advised that as a longtime resident of Fayetteville, North Carolina, especially during the late 1960's and early 1970's, she had observed numerous women who had dressed in a similar fashion to the woman she described above as this was during the "hippie" era; however, but because this particular female she observed she thought to be unusual because she was accompanied by a black man and two very clean cut looking white males.

8. Sometime after the above incident, she became aware of the MacDonald murders through the newspaper and various news media. She did not recall if she observed any sketches or artist conceptions of the alleged perpetrators in the MacDonald residence in 1970, but recalled seeing some sketches in the newspaper of the alleged perpetrators around the time of MacDonald's trial, specific year unrecalled. She has followed the MacDonald case and read newspaper articles about it over the years and felt that what she had possibly observed may have been important to this case. In this regard, she called the CID, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, believed to be sometime in 1979 prior to the MacDonald trial. She does not remember to whom she spoke and the individual did not seem interested in her information. She contacted no one else, but advised that the sketches in the newspaper appeared "similar" to the individuals she saw in 1970 as described previously.

9. She was eventually contacted by a private investigator, name unrecalled, who displayed to her photographs and sketches of numerous individuals, mostly GIs. She identified one of these photographs of the blond individual, previously described as Unknown Subject Number 1, as being most similar to the individual she observed with the group in front of the drive in restaurant in 1970. She was shown "exhibit A" which was attached to her declaration and advised that this individual resembled the blond male she saw in 1970, but was not positive in her identification and could not identify this individual as being identical to the individual she observed in 1970.

10. In reference to "Exhibit B" attached to her declaration, she advised she picked this photograph of the female depicted thereon as resembling the girl she saw in 1970. To the best of her recollection, this photograph or sketch was the only female photograph displayed to her in the group of photographs she observed. The reason she thought this sketch or photograph was similar was that the girl depicted had long hair and wore a hat similar to the one she observed on the female in 1970. She could not make a positive identification of this individual and reiterated that this individual was only "similar".

11. She recalled contacting a telephone number listed in the newspaper requesting individuals to contact the MacDonald Defense Team if they had information regarding the MacDonald murders. She related the above story to someone on the MacDonald defense team and was subsequently contacted in person by a private investigator possible John Dolan Myers. She furnished a statement to Myers regarding the above information which was prior to the MacDonald trial in Raleigh, North Carolina.

12. She advised that during the late 1960's or early 1970's that she observed many women dressed in a similar manner as to the woman depicted in Exhibit B in her declaration. She advised she had never seen this female before or since and that Dr. MacDonald as a resident of Fayetteville, North, Carolina, could have obviously observed a similar group to the one she previously described.

13. She has recently read the book, "Fatal Vision" but has not reached any conclusions regarding MacDonald's innocence or guilt. She has attempted to keep up with this case throughout the years and remembers seeing artist's conceptions and/or photographs in the newspapers shortly after the MacDonald murders occurred, but could not explain why she did not contact anyone until the sketches and artist's conceptions again appeared in the Fayetteville newspaper prior to the MacDonald trial in 1979.

14. She said she certainly is in no position to make a positive identification of anyone mentioned above in the aforegoing interview.

Further your affiant sayeth not.


RAYMOND MADDEN, JR.


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

[Signature illegible]
NOTARY PUBLIC

My Commission Expires May 31, 1985

 

 

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