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.

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The Many Faces Of Jeffrey MacDonald

August 13, 1979 Jeffrey MacDonald was seen by Dr. Hirsch Lazaar Silverman, Ph.D "In comprehensive session of psychodiagnostics and consultation following a full day of observation of subject in Court in the Federal Building in Raleigh, the unsigned therapist conferred with the above captioned, Dr. Jeffrey R. MacDonald; and accomplished with him projective and standardized psychometrics, including Rorschach Psychodiagnostic, Projective Drawing Test, California Test of Personality, Depth Sentence Completion Test, Mooney Problem Check List, and Cornell Index. Dr. MacDonald was seen for psychological evaluation in the office of his attorneys, Messrs. Tharrington, Smith & Hargrove, in Raleigh, North Carolina."

Dr Silverman's summary included the following "-----In view of this therapist predicated on scientific psychodiagnostics and psychological evaluation, Dr. MacDonald may well be viewed as a psychopath subject to violence under pressure, rather effeminate as an individual, and given to overt behavior when faced with emotional stress. He is no less subject to blotting out that part of what to him is convenient and truly essential---to block out for his own emotional preservation. As a sociopathic individual with troublesome psychopathy, with an overlay of submerged and confused sexuality, Dr. MacDonald despite his bedonism seems self-destructive, naive, superficial and even illogical at times, a man who seeks freedom and emancipation only for personal removal from constraint, controls, and restrictions. To suit his whim, has the faculty to manufacture and convolute circumstances. He seeks attention and approval, and is given to denial of truth. He can be critically sarcastic. As a seriously emotional man, he gives evidence of secretiveness, with questionable moral standards. He is detailistic and lacks insight in seeing the gestalt, the whole quality of things and events and persons, as well as circumstances. (As a physician, he probably is given to treating the symptom rather than the illness and the disease.) In essence, then, Dr. MacDonald in personal and social adjustment is in need of continuous, consistence psychotherapeutic intervention, coupled with psychiatric attention."

Judge Dupree declined to allow any psychiatric or psychological evidence at the trial. Therefore Dr. Silverman's report, while a part of the record was not available in the public domain. I was able to obtain this document and permission to use it exclusively on this website.

The complete report can be found at
http://www.thejeffreymacdonaldcase.com/html/mac-silverman_1979-08-16.html

 

Below: Jeffrey MacDonald at age 15

Jeffrey MacDonald at age 15

Jeffrey MacDonald high school graduation picture, 1961.
Under his picture was written "Voted most likely to succeed."

Jeffrey MacDonald high school graduation picture

Jeffrey MacDonald could be the life of the party or he could
be mean depending on his mood

Jeffrey MacDonald could be the life of the party or he could

A moody Jeffrey MacDonald

A moody Jeffrey MacDonald

1969: Jeffrey MacDonald during jump training

1969: Jeffrey MacDonald during jump training

Jeffrey MacDonald, 1970

Jeffrey MacDonald, 1970

Jeffrey MacDonald, 1970

Jeffrey MacDonald, 1970

Jeffrey MacDonald, 1970

Jeffrey MacDonald, 1970

Jeffrey MacDonald, 1970

Jeffrey MacDonald, 1970

Jeffrey MacDonald during the Article 32 hearing

Jeffrey MacDonald during the Article 32 hearing

Jeffrey MacDonald in his BOQ, 1970

Jeffrey MacDonald in his BOQ, 1970

Jeffrey MacDonald, 1974 during the grand jury hearing with Bernard Segal

Jeffrey MacDonald, 1974 during the grand jury hearing with Bernard Segal

Jeffrey MacDonald, 1974 during the grand jury hearing

Jeffrey MacDonald, 1974 during the grand jury hearing

Jeffrey MacDonald, 1974 during the grand jury hearing

Jeffrey MacDonald, 1974 during the grand jury hearing

The next 3 pictures are of Jeffrey MacDonald with a group of friends on a trip from California to Mexico on their motorcycles prior to the grand jury hearing. Look at the pictures carefully and you will see how MacDonald always had to be different. Pictures provided to me by a member of the group who asked that their name not be mentioned.

Jeffrey MacDonald with a group of friends on a trip from California to Mexico

Jeffrey MacDonald with a group of friends on a trip from California to Mexico

Jeffrey MacDonald with a group of friends on a trip from California to Mexico

Jeffrey MacDonald , 1979

Jeffrey MacDonald , 1979

Jeffrey MacDonald, 1979

Jeffrey MacDonald , 1979

1979: Wade Smith, Jeffrey MacDonald and Bernard Segal arriving at the courthouse

1979: Wade Smith, Jeffrey MacDonald and Bernard Segal arriving at the courthouse

Jeffrey MacDonald during the 1979 trial

Jeffrey MacDonald during the 1979 trial

1979: Jeffrey MacDonald and Bernard Segal being interviewed by the press. Bother men were boisterous and appeared perfectly matched; they both believe in using the media to criticize the army's handling of the investigation into the murders. Every chance they got they gave interviews to newspapers, television and radio. They ridiculed the army team of investigators and laboratory technicians as incompetents at best and criminally negligent at worst.

1979: Jeffrey MacDonald and Bernard Segal being interviewed by the press

Jeffrey MacDonald the morning of August 30, 1979 prior to his conviction and sentencing

Jeffrey MacDonald the morning of August 30, 1979 prior to his conviction

In order to get away with murder, a person has to be incredibly lucky. For nine and a half years
Bernard Segal had successfully kept MacDonald from facing the justice of conviction, but the
afternoon of August 30, 1979 his luck ran out and his freedom came to end. MacDonald was found guilty of second-degree murder in the deaths of Colette and Kimberley and first-degree murder in the death of Kristen. Prior to his sentencing, Judge Dupree asked MacDonald if he
had any thing to say before he passed sentence, MacDonald stood and and said, "I am not guilty, sir, and the jury did not hear all the evidence." He was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences, handcuffed and removed from the courtroom with a look of total shock and dejection on his face.

Jeffrey MacDonald in custody after being found found guilty of three counts of murder

August 30, 1979: MacDonald in custody after conviction and sentencing

Jeffrey MacDonald in custody after being found found guilty of three counts of murder

August 30, 1979: MacDonald in custody after conviction and sentencing

Jeffrey MacDonald in custody after being found found guilty of three counts of murder

August 30, 1979: Newspaper headlines, MacDonald found guilty

August 30, 1979: Newspaper headlines, MacDonald found guilty

1980: MacDonald during a news conference after he was released from prison when the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled favorably on his appeal that he had been denied a speedy trial and his conviction was reversed.
His freedom would be short lived. In less than eighteen months he would be back in prison.

1980: MacDonald during a news conference after he was released from prison when the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled favorably on his appeal that he had been denied a speedy trial and his conviction was reversed.

Jeffrey MacDonald is a cold-blooded murderer. It is also my opinion that he is a sociopath. Sociopaths can be a person that is admired, a trusted neighbor, the affable family, the high-acheiving professional and the sexy charismatic lover. But when someone gets in the way of their deluded dreams, they are capable of deadly acts of violence with no remorse.
Perhaps most frightening of all is that they are heroes in their own mind, and I truly believe that two of their two biggest emotions are anger and boredom.
"Sociopath is usually a person with an abundance of charm and wit. They may appear friendly and considerate, but these attributes are usually superficial. They are used as a way of blinding the other person to the personal agenda behind the sociopath's behavior.

"Most people who show sociopathic behavior aren't just sociopathic. They often also have narcissistic tendencies, sometimes intensely angered by anything that seems to suggest that they might have a flaw. In this mode, they will do anything, including brutalizing their own family, to maintain their own feeling that others see them as without any flaws."
There is something about his eyes that is scary, they are evil and are the eyes of a monster.

There is something about his eyes that is scary, they are evil and are the eyes of a monster

September 17, 2012: At the evidentiary hearing, MacDonald was a shell of the man he was in 1979. He was not dressed in a three-piece suit carrying a brief case, tan, looking more like an attorney than a defendant like in 1979. He was dressed in a designer prison beige jump suit with a white tee shirt under it with sleeves that came to his elbows. I call it the layering effect. He wore white socks with shower shoes and his legs were chained. He was not cocky as he had been in 1979. He appeared small, meek and out of place. As always he came with a folder in hand. His skin is no longer tan, he has the prison pallor and his hair is no longer styled, it is completely white now and he sported a prison haircut. You know the kind that is up to the top of the ears in the back.
To me, the evil he has done and the hurt to so many people shows on his face. Like the portrait of Dorian Grey. There is no soul, his eyes has no emotions whatsoever.
(Photo below 2007 by Josh Gelman)

MacDonald in 2007

 

 

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