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July 12, 1984: Affidavit #16 of FBI SA Raymond Madden, Jr.
re: Jerome J. Baker

 

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 FBI, assigned to the Raleigh, Resident Agency of the FBI and on August 2, 1983, Jerome J. Baker (Jerry), former regular Army (RA) Serial Number 14689692, was contacted and furnished the following information:

2. He is presently employed as a Civilian Criminal Information Coordinator for the Criminal Investigative Division (CID), United States Army, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was previously a former Special Agent of the CID Investigative Unit at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and retired from the United States Army on September 30, 1979, and is now in civilian status.

3. He arrived at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, approximately September - October, 1972, and after arriving was assigned as a CID Criminal Investigator. In connection with his official duties, he did not handle any investigative assignments on the MacDonald case and only had some "hearsay" knowledge of the case from being associated with other CID Agents at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The only lead he has ever worked on the MacDonald case was while he was assigned in Heidelberge, West Germany, in late 1970 or early 1971 to locate former residents of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, at the time of the MacDonald murders. He did in fact locate a husband and wife, names unrecalled, who were former military people assigned at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in February, 1970. To the best of his recollection, this couple had absolutely no knowledge of the MacDonald murders.

4. Several months ago, possibly April, 1983, Baker was contacted by a Ray Shedlick (phonetic) who is a private investigator in Raleigh, North Carolina, and who is employed by the investigative firm of Bailey, Howard and O'Connell (phonetic). Baker was telephonically contacted by Shedlick at work and Shedlick inquired of Baker whether or not he had any knowledge of the MacDonald murder case. Baker informed Shedlick that he was not involved in the MacDonald investigation at which time Shedlick inquired of Baker whether or not Baker had knowledge of anyone who did conduct investigation for the CID. Baker informed Shedlick that he was acquainted with several individuals who had participated in the MacDonald investigation for CID, but did not name any Special Agents. Shedlick asked Baker to stop into his office in Raleigh, North Carolina, should Baker be in Raleigh.

5. Baker advised several weeks after his telephone call from Shedlick that he was in Raleigh, North Carolina, and did in fact visit with Shedlick in his office. Shedlick asked Baker whether or not he was acquainted with former CID Special Agent Bill Ivory and Special Agent John Hodges. Shedlick also inquired whether or not he was acquainted with Colonel Kawanak (phonetic) who was the former Provost Marshall at the time of the MacDonald murders at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Baker informed Shedlick that he knew all of the individuals. Shedlick also asked him about several other individuals whom Baker did not recall. Shedlick was busy and told Baker that he would get back to him later.

6. The next week, Shedlick contacted Baker telephonically and asked Baker whether or not he (Baker) would be interested in working for Bailey, Howard and McConnell. Baker advised he realized this offer of employment was because of his knowledge and contacts regarding the MacDonald case. About two weeks later, Baker recontacted Shedlick by telephone and made arrangements to talk to Shedlick at the official opening of the investigative firm of Bailey, Howard and McConnell in Raleigh, North Carolina, at the Hilton Inn in Crabtree Valley Shopping Center.

7. Baker recalled that numerous individuals were at the "open house" including Chief of Police Frederick Heinemann of the Raleigh, North Carolina Police Department; the Chief of Police, name unknown, of Tarboro, North Carolina; and a Criminal investigator in the Latent Fingerprint Section of the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI). Baker realized that many of the attendees at the party were retired New York policemen, including Shedlick. There were other people present with whom Baker was not acquainted.

8. At one time during the open house, Shedlick approached Baker and asked Baker to accompany him with O'Connell to a private room. He went to the room with them at which time they showed him a briefing board, then inquired of Baker's knowledge regarding the MacDonald case. They specifically inquired of Baker whether or not he was acquainted with Helena Stoeckley and asked him specifically about his knowledge regarding Stoeckley being at Fort Bragg on February 17, 1970. They also inquired about any information CID had possibly developed about other people being observed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, during the early morning hours of February 17, 1970. Baker informed Shedlick and O'Connell that he had no knowledge of the questions asked. O'Connell then made him an offer on a temporary 90 day basis of employment for $500 per week as a private investigator to perform work on the MacDonald case. According to Baker, O'Connell and Shedlick would not tell him specifically what they wanted him to do and he refused employment. They indicated that his employment would be involving investigation of the MacDonald murder case.

9. Both Shedlick and O'Connell asked Baker if he (Baker) would wear a "wire" and then contact some of his old CID buddies including Ivory and Hodges and attempt to get them to discuss the MacDonald case in order that their information could be recorded. O'Connell and Shedlick informed Baker that "they" would be close by in order to monitor Baker's conversations. Baker told them that as a private investigator he got $250 per day when he worked and they did not know whether or not they could pay him that much. Baker advised he never intended to accept employment with Shedlick and his investigative firm, but was curious about why they wanted him and wanted to hear what they said.

10. Baker may have had one additional telephone call from Shedlick regarding employment at which time Shedlick informed him that they apparently could not employ him because the investigative firm was spending over $2,000 a week. Baker has had no additional contacts and is unaware whether or not Shedlick and his investigative firm have attempted to contact any other CID present or former personnel regarding the MacDonald case.

11. Baker advised that he thought the contacts by Shedlick and Shedlick's investigative firm were somewhat unusual and they were requesting that he perform what he considered to be unethical investigation. Because of a possible conflict of interest, Baker advised he officially informed CID of his contacts by Shedlick and furnished a statement to CID.

Further Your affiant sayeth not.

RAYMOND MADDEN, JR.
Special Agent
Federal Bureau of Investigation

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

[Signature illegible]
NOTARY PUBLIC

My Commission Expires May 31, 1985

 

 

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